The calm before the storm

The sound of heavy rain engulfed the room. It was rainfall in the jungle. It’s clouds spat out warm downpours that seemed to never end. I could lie there listening for hours. Serenity. I silently drifted off into a deep sleep. It was just me, my dreams and the sound of the jungle. I was

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The purpose of friendship – what do you think?

My friends are my family and they know that. I’m bad in the sense that I don’t always text them that often but they’re always in my thoughts; even old school friends who I haven’t necessarily kept in the loop. I do however stay updated with them whether it be by just having a nose on

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Overnight stay at the elephant sanctuary

This place is the jungle. It’s the home of ‘Save the Elephants’ here in Cambodia and what an absolutely terrific job they’re doing. In comparison to the elephants I had seen at Angkor Wat carrying paying tourist after another, these elephants looked over the moon. They were joyous and loud and full of life. Maybe

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People watching – Hoi An

Open front window, only silence among us. People come and go as they please on foot and on bicycle. The roaring of the motorbikes can be heard from the outside in, invading our seclusion on a somewhat crowded street. But what was really fascinating about the spot, other than the Reaching Out Teahouse offering jobs

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Race to Angkor Wat

4:00 am start. 1 goal: Sunrise at Angkor Wat. Could we do it? Yes we must definitely could. Well sort of anyways. We were all up at the crack of dawn, shoved into Tuk Tuks headed for the ticket office. 3, 2, 1 SMILE… Mugshot. Bad angle. Bad everything.  Back in the Tuk Tuk we

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“Stuck in the mud.” Out on the open road of Cambodia.

14k on the open road. What a day. 2 wheels and no destination in sight. The roads were mine to explore. I thought I’d be a lot more scared cycling in the Cambodian congestion but it actually wasnt that bad. You just had to brave it and take the chance. And pray that you dont

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“Beauty in a bloodshed burial site.” The Cambodian Killing Fields.

Exhaustion at its peak. 6.5 hours on a night bus departing Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. 2 lanes of bunker cabins, 2 to a bed and 1 incredibly tiny aisle. The evening was filled with free beer and the cutest of sleepover chats. Sleep was the bare minimum, only managing 2 hours last night. Ciara

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S-21

Vacancy in a place once filled with thousands of people. The rooms a are bare and yet they hold so much. From photographs of prisoners; to empty torture chambers, this compound tells the story of its weighted past. Empty cells fill the rooms, leaving space for only imagination as to just what exactly it was

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My Travel Goals

Today is the day. I’ve been planning and un-planning this trip for over a year now. My journey to Cambodia and Vietnam. I can’t believe it’s finally here. In just a few hours time I will be boarding my plane ready to jet off for 6 weeks. With that in mind here is a list of

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What I’m packing for South East Asia

Travelling light is something I struggle with. I always end up packing way too much in fear of not having enough outfit choices or enough clothes for different activities. I over pack to put my mind at ease. But this time round I’m challenging myself to pack as little as possible. In 2 more sleeps

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