Beauty And Chaos: Discovering Xi’an China

Xi an Rose

I didn’t know what to expect from China’s ancient imperial capital, Xi’an (pronounced She – an), except for the famous terracotta warriors. Even then, I had no idea how they would be exhibited, or whether or not they would blow my mind. They did, in a ‘oh-my-god-they-went-to-so-much-trouble-to-bury-their-dead-emporer’ kind of way. Discovering Xi’an It was a similar feeling to visiting the Pyramids and The Valley of the Kings in Egypt, with the addition of a few thousand Chinese tourists. That’s the … Keep reading…

Good Times On The Great Wall

Peeping Tyrhone

On Thursday morning we awoke to the first smoggy day we’d experienced in Beijing. Shit. It was the day of our Great Wall hike, and we hadn’t banked on not being able to see it. Shit. Shit! We shouldn’t have been so cocky about the clear blue skies we had been having. I shouldn’t have prayed for a cooler day. It was a clear cooler day, God, you read my mind wrong!!!!! A bit dejected, we boarded the tour bus to ‘The Secret Wall’ … Keep reading…

Welcome To Beijing!

flower girl

I arrived in Beijing in the early hours of Saturday morning, excited to be visiting a completely new country, and even more so to be reunited with Tyrhone. It was like christmas! He greeted me at the gate and we chatted away for the whole taxi ride to the hotel and into the wee hours. After a month apart, communicating only via email, there was a lot to catch up on! … Keep reading…

Rinjani- The Journey To The Summit

girl power

Well, I made it to the summit of Indonesia’s second highest peak. 3,726 meters to be exact. I still can’t believe it’s over, and I’m so grateful to have shared such an epic adventure with three amazing new friends – Alli and Clare who I met in Bali, and the lovely Jenny, who I met just the day before the trek. … Keep reading…

Swimming With Turtles On Gili Meno – The Proof

Turtle Gili Meno

By my sixth day on Gili Meno, off the coast of Lombok, Indonesia, I’d seen so many sea turtles, I was beginning to get a bit bored with them. So I slapped myself around the face (a bit hard to do in water) shouting, “Get a hold of yourself woman! You’re swimming with TURTLES!!!!!!!” (a real challenge through a snorkel, let me tell you). … Keep reading…