Hello Abi, greetings from Istanbul, Turkey!
I’m a new member here as well, just started the Bardic course in BDO, but not new to “all this” overall. Been at it for 20+ years but I’m always learning as we all are. I love reading too and would love to swap recommendations on books etc. I second David’s starting suggestions. I love being in nature and feel at home with the trees and the wildlife; sadly I live in the middle of a very big and crowded city and nature is hard to come by.
Nice to meet you.