My name is Maria and I currently live in Coventry, in suburbia, in a relatively nice area with good neighbours, near a beautiful park.
I started this blog in readiness of starting an adventure in Uganda, East Africa. I first felt a longing to go to Africa at the age of 15.
I moved to Coventry in 2005, just after the London bombings. I relocated from London to Coventry with my job, working in the food and farming sector. It was a turbulent time to say the least, as I was dealing with crisis in the industry I worked in and travelling lots between Coventry and London during this time.
I grew up in South-West London, the daughter of a nurse and motor mechanic. My brother, Robert is two years older than me.
As a family, we lived in council property until I was 6 years old, then moved to Tooting where mum and dad could buy an ex-council property. We stayed in Tooting for over 20 years in a place called, ‘Amen Corner’, quite close to Tooting Bec Common.
I went to school in Tooting, with children whose parents’ came from all over the world.
I found faith in God, through belief in Jesus at the age of 14. I found faith through going to a Christian youth group with my best mate, Lizzie. Me and Liz stuck together and just laughed our way through school, feasting on sarcasm, banter and good old silliness.
I have a background in Engineering, Agriculture and PR. I studied at Agriculture colleges in Shropshire and Kent. I have lived in London for 24 years in total, Coventry for 8 years, Kent for 4 years and 3 years across the rest (England and Ireland).
I am planning to go to Uganda in November 2013.