Tag Archive: travel

New York

When you grow up, like Abi and I did, watching all ten seasons of Friends over and over again after school, keeping up with the Kardashians like it’s your job and flicking between… Continue reading

28 hours in Saõ Paulo

Last week, during a routine conversation about our upcoming projects, my boss casually asked me if I would be available at the weekend to drop something off in Saõ Paulo. I immediately said… Continue reading

Sri Lanka – Aragum Bay and Uda Walawe

We stayed in Aragum Bay for three nights, in a little ‘treehouse cabana’ in a hostel right on the beach. Our little wooden cabin, on stilts twice as tall as I am, and… Continue reading

Sri Lanka – Ella 

The train journey from Kandy to the hill town of Ella, passing through Nuwara Eliya and other popular little towns, is said to be one of the most beautiful in the world. The… Continue reading

Sri Lanka – Colombo and Kandy

Because we flew with Emirates airlines, we were able to make a very quick stop in Dubai in the middle of our flight to Sri Lanka. We got a taxi from the airport… Continue reading

Cuba – Baracoa

Keen to leave Santiago de Cuba, and keen to try out the Taxi Collectivos (group taxis) that we had heard other travellers rave about, we decided to skip the bus and make the… Continue reading

Cuba – Trinidad y Santiago de Cuba

Wandering the cobbled streets of Trinidad, past colourful houses, noisy bars, terraced restaurants and little shops selling straw hats and key rings, you might be forgiven for thinking that you had somehow ended… Continue reading

Cuba – Cienfuegos

It took eight hours to get from Viñales to Cienfuegos and the air con stopped working about five hours into the journey. We climbed off the bus sweaty and restless and hot and… Continue reading

Cuba – Valle Viñales

An uneventful and aggressively air conditioned bus journey took us from Havana to the small town of Viñales. It only took four hours (including the obligatory stop at a roadside café/ gift shop… Continue reading

Cuba – Habana 

I arrived at Gatwick very early in the morning, climbed sleepily off the Gatwick Express and waited for my friend Kati to arrive, reflecting that I would rather be literally anywhere else in… Continue reading

Drinking in East London (Part One)

I’ve lived in London for almost three years now, and I’m starting to feel like a real, proper Londoner. My Oyster card never leaves my sight, I can get across the city at… Continue reading

On being a feminist (and a vegetarian)

I’m a Feminist and a Vegetarian. Ouch. Don’t I just sound like I’m great fun at dinner parties? Just a big ol’ laugh to be around? I mean, really, even I would hesitate… Continue reading

24 Hours in Paris

You know what they say about Paris? All that stuff about how it’s romantic and beautiful and always a good idea? Well if you believe all that then maybe you should stop reading… Continue reading

Wander/lust – – (let me count the ways)

I’ve been busy recently with a couple of pretty exciting things and I feel like I’ve been walking all over London. I’m definitely not complaining about this – any excuse to just wander… Continue reading

Vietnam – Hoi An

From Sapa, we caught a night bus down to Ha Noi, spent a couple more hours exploring the Old Quarter and then caught another night bus to Hue.  The Imperial citadel of Hue… Continue reading

Vietnam – Sapa

We arrived in Sapa at half past five in the morning after a long and bumpy journey on the night bus. We’d both slept pretty well but there’s nothing like stumbling out of… Continue reading

Vietnam – Halong Bay, Cat Ba Island

Instead of travelling to Halong City from Ha Noi, we decided to make our way to Cat Ba Island, which is in Lan Ha bay, a little further on but part of the… Continue reading

Vietnam – Ha Noi

After Kati left us to go back to England (sad times) Abs and I flew straight from Ho Chi Minh (which is in the southern end of Vietnam) to Ha Noi, right up… Continue reading

Vietnam – Mekong Delta

Abi (my sister) joined us in Vietnam just under a week ago and we had the best time running around Ho Chi Minh, eating loads of Pho, making her listen to our funny… Continue reading

Cambodia – Kampot (II) and Kep

Kampot has so much to offer – we stayed there for just four days and felt like we easily could have spent double that time exploring the city and the surrounding area. Our… Continue reading

Cambodia – Kampot 

We arrived in Kampot late in the afternoon and it was almost dark by the time we were settled in our hostel and on our way into town. We’d been told by numerous… Continue reading

Cambodia – Koh Rong Samloem

     Imagine any kind of tropical paradise, and you’d probably be picturing something a little bit like Koh Rong Samloem. Little brother to party island Koh Rong, Koh Rong Samloem has blue sea,… Continue reading

Cambodia – Sihanoukville, Otres Beach

It took us thirteen hours to reach Sihanoukville from Battambang, first on a ‘hotel bus’ to Phnom Penh and then in a minibus to the sprawling city. The hotel bus picked us up… Continue reading

Cambodia – Battambang 

We arrived in Battambang in the torrential rain and by the time we had finally made it to our hostel we were completely soaked through, it was dark, and we were starving. We… Continue reading

Cambodia – Angkor Wat (adventures II) 

  Kati and I went ziplining through the forest above Angkor Wat. It was pretty incredible! We were really high up (above the canopy in most places) and the zip lines (ten in… Continue reading

Cambodia – Siem Reap and Angkor Wat

After a bumpy seven hour bus journey (along a road that hadn’t yet finished being built) we arrived in Siem Reap to neon signs, brightly lit markets and a whole street full of… Continue reading

Cambodia – Phnom Penh (part two)

It hasn’t taken us long to feel at home here – we’re used to the dust, the stares and haggling with the tuk tuk drivers. I really really like Phnom Penh and would… Continue reading

Cambodia – Phnom Penh

I was pretty nervous about the border crossing from Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh) to Cambodia (Phnom Penh). I thought that it would be somehow confusing or difficult, but in the end the bus… Continue reading

Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh stinks. But I kinda love it. It’s loud and smelly and busy and everybody seems to be playing a perpetual game of ‘chicken’ on the thousands of mopeds screaming around… Continue reading

Laters (The Barbican Conservatory)

I can’t believe how quickly it’s come round – but tomorrow is the first day of my trip around Cambodia and Vietnam! I’m so excited, I can’t wait to get out there, and… Continue reading

Ultimate Travel Reading List – Part Two

Part two of my epic summer reading list! Check yesterday’s post for part one. 6. Looking for Alaska – John Green John Green (recently responsible for making me ugly-cry for half an hour… Continue reading

Ultimate Travel Reading List – Part One

I’m so excited to leave for my trip! I honestly can’t believe how close it is, it doesn’t really feel real yet. On the 12th of June I’m heading to Cambodia and Vietnam… Continue reading

Chelsea in Bloom

At the moment I’m working in an office directly opposite Harrods, and I’m absolutely loving the gorgeous surrounding area – even if it is full of tourists! Just next to Hyde Park, Harrods… Continue reading

Lately looked like this

The days are going by so quickly – it’s crazy to think that it’s now less than a month before I leave for Cambodia! This month, I’m…. Eating: Sushi and cereal. (Not together)… Continue reading

Wednesday Scribbles

As we get into serious revision season, and the only sound to be heard is the scratching of pens and the soft weeping of several thousand students, I thought we could all use… Continue reading

Bare feet

So, I went home for Easter. I slept in my little bunk bed and ate my parent’s food and went to the pub with my buddies and we talked about our travels and… Continue reading

52/52 – (my) Southbank

Is there anything more lovely than London in the summertime? I love London when the streets are wet with rain and the puddles reflect the tops of the skyscrapers, and I think the… Continue reading

51/52 – Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair

As much as I try to embrace winter (and I really, really try), I guess I just can’t help being a summer baby at heart. It makes me so happy when those first sunny days come… Continue reading

Amsterdam (Twee)

Twee is actually the word for two in Dutch – how cute is that?! It was horribly rainy on our last full day in Amsterdam (boo!) so although we ate lots of yummy… Continue reading

Amsterdam (één)

To say that there are a lot of bikes in Amsterdam is sort of an understatement, in fact, to say that there are more bikes in Amsterdam than I have ever seen in… Continue reading