For the past year, I've been living in London and walking tube lines on occasional free weekends with my girlfriend, Jess.
Science and adventure go hand in hand. In the same way that you don't need to fly to the other side of the world, climb mountains or row oceans to have an adventure. You don't need to lead an expedition to the depths of the unexplored amazon to do science.
It's remarkably easy to sit in a centrally heated office, cosily hatching plans through the Winter. Distances look shorter, methods seem simpler and the prospect of a summer of fieldwork in the hills sounds positively straight forward.
Here in the UK we have huge sprawling cities, tens of millions of people and all the trappings of civilization. As such, I am hugely relieved that one can spend four days traveling, even with a car, and still regain that same sense of adventure that you might find half way around the world..
Winding down towards the Western coast of Cyprus, Akavas Gorge is an artery carrying water and bringing life to a rich and verdant ecosystem. Besides being a botanists or geologists dream, it is difficult not to be impressed..