This is an aim that is high on the list for most young people, many of whom apply for a provisional license and start learning as soon as they reach 17. Currently, there are two tests which have to be passed to obtain a full license: a theory test followed by a practical test which has to be taken within two years of passing the theory test. The present pass rate in UK is 47.3%. According to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, it takes an average 45 lessons to pass a test, costing around £1,000.
Life changes significantly when you get your own home for the first time. The wonderful feeling of independence and freedom is mixed with the sudden realisation of the real cost of living and the knowledge that you probably won’t be able to do all the things you did before. Having to turn down invitations to nights out with your friends is balanced by having your own space and being able to entertain friends at home. All in all, Leanne’s first real home of her own will be an amazing and memorable experience.
The Empire State Building is one of New York’s most famous landmarks. It has 102 floors and including it’s spire, it reaches a height of 381m. Some say it is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, such is the impressive beauty of it’s Art Deco style. The building is always floodlit at night but following the death of Fay Wray, the actress who played Ann Darrow in King Kong, the building stood in complete darkness for 15 minutes in tribute to her. When Ol’ Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra passed away, the Empire State Building was bathed in blue light in his memory.
Known as The Emerald Isle, for it’s lush green landscape, Ireland has plenty to offer visitors. A rugged coastline and rolling hills are just the start. One of the top attractions is Dublin’s Guinness storehouse, where you can learn about the world famous beer and sample a pint of the black stuff as you look over the city of Dublin from the seventh floor. Blarney Castle is another must see destination. The original building was made from timber in 1200, near Cork. Latterly, a stone tower was built which incorporates the famous Blarney Stone. According to legend, kissing the stone will bestow you with the “gift of the gab”- the ability to flatter or tell a good story.
Often, when you live so close to an amazing site, you don’t get around to actually visiting it but Leanne has vowed to set aside some time to walk the beautiful, yet sometimes savage mountain range that is right here in South Wales. The highest point is Pen y Fan, where the views are spectacular. Wild mountain ponies and sheep, forests and breath taking waterfalls are some of the aspects of the Brecon Beacons National Park which make it a glorious place to visit.
Since I’ve known Leanne it has become clear to me that she has a very keen interest and knowledge about history. Although it’s never too late to become a student and start a degree course, Leanne is going to make a start before she is 21.
Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus was developed during WW2. Most large towns and cities have classes where you can learn to dive but what most people really want to do is go to one of the most exotic dive sites in the world where they can dive with rare species of marine life and explore ship wrecks.
According to Scubatravel.co.uk the top 3 dive sites in the world are:
1. Barracuda Point in Malaysia
2. The Yongola, Australia
3. Blue Corner Wall, Micronesia.
We all love Alice in Wonderland but Leanne loves her and the other Wonderland characters more than most. She is planning to have a sleeve tattoo!
Berlin is Germany’s capital city and is packed with cultural interest. For decades it has had a vibrant, pioneering music scene. Some of the sights that tourists usually head for are:
- The art which adorns remains of The Berlin Wall, which separated the city for nearly 30 years. The demolishing of the wall in 1989 is one of the major events of modern times.
- Checkpoint Charlie: The best known crossing point between East and West Germany during the Cold War. The checkpoint booth was removed in 1990 but there now stands a museum nearby, dedicated to the Berlin Wall and the people who were affected by it.
- The Brandenburg Gate: A monument to peace which was built in the 18th century. It suffered severe damage in WW2 but has been restored to it’s former glory. It is the most famous landmark in Berlin
Basically, this means that Leanne intends to learn to speak German! It’s generally thought that a language is best learned when you spend time with people who speak it so Leanne is bound to come back from her trip to Berlin with some understanding of the German language.