Growing up on Falkland Islands

By Steve Holden Newsbeat reporter in Winchester (L-R) Sonia Arkhipkina, Julian Yon, Barbara Short-Pardo and Caitlin Burston

Eighteen-year-old Barbara Short-Pardo remembers quite clearly the first time she had to use a train.

“It was really weird having to change platforms,” she says. “Even using the little ticket machines, I was just so shocked.”

It’s not necessarily that shocking for people living in the UK, but it can be strange for a Falkland islander, used to living 8,000 miles from the British mainland.

Barbara’s friend, 17-year-old Sonia Arkhipkina, says there isn’t much need for any public transport on the islands, especially in the main town of Stanley.

(On her identity) You’re a bit of both, you’re British and a Falkland islander

“It takes about 10 minutes to get from one end to the other. I think it’s impossible to get lost.”

Barbara and Sonia are among the small contingent from the Falklands currently boarding at Peter Symonds College in Winchester.

A group of students are flown over by the Falklands authorities every year to study their A-levels.

They’ve been speaking about growing up on the islands, 30 years since the Falklands war between the UK and Argentina.

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