Vietnam – First Impressions

Having left the UK a week ago today, I’m feeling a tiny bit ashamed of the lack of Vietnam related blog posts so far. But, I can excuse myself slightly given that we’ve only had about four days actually experiencing the country: our 25 hour flight (which included a lengthy…

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Kindness of Strangers

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[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHnmkuK7dXs] Anthony Nolan, a blood cancer charity and bone marrow register that helps thousands of people all over the UK every year, have launched a fabulous new campaign all about the kindness of strangers, called Thank You Stranger. They’re trying to highlight the vital role of strangers in saving the…

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Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

For more info on what the Inca Jungle Trek actually is, this post on Backpack South America for: What to Expect from the Inca Jungle Trek. There’s also a very handy packing list. After three days of biking, rafting, trekking, zip lining and generally challenging myself at every corner, the day…

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Competition – A Trip that Changed my Life

I was eleven years old and cripplingly shy. Deeply private, bookish, introverted, frightened of other people and of the noise and confidence which most of my peers expressed. My new school overwhelmed me, but I was following my mum’s good advice, joining clubs, trying to join in, looking for a…

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A Place to Stop

Fishing in Paradise

A few weeks ago, I posted a couple of short stories I wrote about my trip to Malaysia in the summer of 2010. This is the last of these posts, a short about my arrival at the gorgeous Perhentian Islands. Enjoy! Forty-eight hours on the road and counting. Sixteen hours…

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Camel Trek and Camping in Merzouga, Morocco

Large sand dune in the Moroccan Sahara desert

Around four pm, we met our guide at the entrance of our hotel. Hassan was an aging berber with a beaming smile under a bushy moustache, a couple of missing teeth and glinting black eyes. He showed us how to mount the camels while they were sat down, our legs…

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Arriving in Marrakech

Motorbike, Marrakech, Morocco

If you asked me to sum up Marrakech in three words, I’d go with Pink, Dusty, and Loud. But I’ve been travelling all day so I’m probably a little grumpy right now. In truth, the city has been amazing, and the last ten days has been one of the biggest…

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