Sunny (mostly) Perth: Notes On Coming Home

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Whenever I imagined Perth when I was away, it was the clear blue sky that came to mind. I would imagine breathing in the crisp, cool air of autumn or spring and raising my face to the endless blue. Perth has a new, fresh feel, atmospherically a world away from cities like Bangkok or Beijing though geographically rather close. Returning to Perth in September didn’t disappoint. On our first morning I walked down to the unassuming riverfront near my Mum’s house, my 3 … Keep reading…

The Kindness Of Strangers

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The main thing I’ve learnt from travelling is that people are really nice and the world is quite a safe place. Not exactly headline material, but an observation made through personal experience. Bouncing around Asia for the last six months, I’ve been continually impressed and surprised by the kindness of strangers who then became friends, either for a fleeting moment or a while longer, and always leaving me better than they found me. In June I spent a month in Indonesia without Tyrhone, so it was probably the time that I was … Keep reading…

Last Days In China: The Highs And The Lows

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The thing that amazes me about traveling in China is the roller coaster of emotion that it evokes. I mean, it’s like cramming a life time of weird and wonderful experiences (no wait, ten life times)  into a short space of time and pressing ‘spin’. Yes, I’m comparing China to a time capsule washing machine, but that about sums it up. China has built me up and brought me down without warning, when I least expected it. It has thrilled … Keep reading…

Kangding – A Welcomed Retreat

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I knew I needed to escape the city, the question was, where? I had always wanted to visit Tibet, and had hoped to be able to get there, but alas, permits are required and are not currently being issued to British citizens (my bearded boyfriend). I was a little disappointed, but after doing some research on the wonderful site The Land of Snows, I learned that we didn’t have to visit the Tibet Autonomous Region to experience Tibetan culture. And … Keep reading…

Lazy as a Panda in Chengdu

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The 16 hour train journey from Xi’an to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, was relatively comfortable since we managed to procure “soft sleeper” beds for the journey. Despite the fact that we left at 6am and arrived at 10pm, we slept through a lot of the day. Panda in Chengdu Not that you would have known it, because the following day I was exhausted! I couldn’t really understand why, after all the sleep I’d had (maybe it was a case of too much?), I spent … Keep reading…