My life now is full of awesome. Living on my boat in Lancaster, going to university where my grades are spectacularly mediocre, meeting lots of people, and I have the BEST JOB EVER.
When I first arrived in Lancaster I was filling up my water tank at the marina and another boater came over for a chat, didn't think much of it. A few days later I bumped into him again on the towpath. He said he was on his way to see me because I'd said I was a student and he could offer me some work. He said he runs the 'Creepy Crawly Roadshow'.
"Wait," I said. "I have a terrible phobia of moths and butterflies."
"That's ok," he said. "I just need a snake handler."
So we go to schools and he gives talks on animals, he really knows his stuff and the kids love it. Not only do I place the pythons around the kids' necks, I also get to handle the cockroach, millipede, stick insect, snails, and I was really proud when he let me pick up the big spider by myself. I'm learning loads of interesting stuff and I'm really enjoying working with the kids, surprisingly.