María

Our Surroundings

Spending time in nature has always been part of my life, for as long as I can remember. As a kid I didn’t need to walk far from my house to have nothing around me but nature. Living close to the countryside light pollution was never a problem and I was soon fascinated by the beauty of the night sky, I really wanted to become an astronaut. I managed to learn most of the constellations and got a telescope on my 12th birthday, I still have it and use it. Seeing the sun, the moon, an eclipse through a telescope is something else. I still remember the first time I saw Saturn through my telescope, I dragged my whole family to come and see, I found it very exciting.

My family has a big part of why I became so interested in nature, my dad took me fishing and his sister often took my hiking and caving. We live close to the sea and as a kid I spent a lot of my time there with my friends, collecting shells and running away from the waves. I was always very curious and had to lift every rock to see if there were any bugs living underneath. Once I found a starfish and took it home to my room, not long after my room smelled like ocean and death.. So I stopped taking animals into my room, instead I kept them outside in a box; worms, tiny sticklebacks, snails... Now I know better, what lives in nature belongs in the nature and now I only collect rocks.

I’m not an astronaut like planned but a geologist and a guide here at The Cave. Nature is still a big part of my life, on my holiday I often go hiking with my mom or climbing with my boyfriend who also works here at The Cave. I’m lucky to have people around me that love nature as much as I do.  

Cheers,

María