Between June and August 2018 I visited the Godwin Lab at the University of Cambridge as part of the QUEST project. This was an amazing, stimulating time for me where I learnt a lot and started some exciting work with Thomas Bauska and David Hodell. A new recruit to QUEST, PhD student Brittany Ward, also visited the lab overlapping with my visit and worked closely with Thomas in developing a new, fluid-inclusion isotope method for speleothems. The early results of Brittany’s work already look very promising and I received some very promising data from carbon and oxygen isotope analysis of a stalagmite record. The next step is to incorporate Ca isotopes and trace elements as proxies of local moisture availability.