London today

Not my usual type of blogpost today, but as I am currently living in London, I couldn’t not address the terrible event that has happened today. It was a cruel and senseless attack, and my prayers are with all those involved. “When late I sang sad was my voice, Sad were the shows around me with…

Arusha, Tanzania

A long day at the office is making me crave adventure. Nowhere was more exciting than Arusha, Tanzania. Nestled at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the landscape surrounding Arusha is vibrant and diverse. From dry flatlands to lush mountain jungle, the Arusha region will keep you guessing. Famous for the Serengeti, Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara National…

London Living

January 2017 – I left my beloved Tokyo, waved goodbye to my crazy job, packed up my shoe box flat and moved to London. I now have a different shoebox flat, a crazy new job and a new beloved city to call home. It’s been a time of transition. A brand new career, new direction,…

2017 Resolutions

2017; The year of positivity Like countless others, I have created my own resolutions for 2017. Also like others, I have spent January 1st 2017 incredibly hungover. I had assumed if I ate enough cheese, it would soak up the champagne/gin/summer berry rose. I was incredibly wrong.   Travel to a new continent – this…

An English Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! This year I was fortunate enough to return home to the UK for christmas. It has been three years since I was able to spend the holiday season at home. The last few weeks have been a festive blur, but here are my tips for spending christmas and New Years in merry…

Phnom Penh adventures

Landing at Phnom Penh airport, straight from the modern fast pace of Bangkok. Loading our luggage into a tuk tuk and praying it didn’t fall out of the sides. Changing our money from US dollars to Cambodian Riel and discovering that Riel is useless, most people pay with dollars. Phnom Penh is just madness. All traffic is…

Kindergarten logic

Kindergarten logic –  Why put glitter on the posters that your long suffering teacher spent over an hour cutting and preparing, when you can put glitter on the teacher instead?  Side note; I travelled over an hour on busy Tokyo trains with glitter all over my cheeks.  Happy Thursday from a tired teacher! 

Quotes to travel by

My two greatest loves; travel and books. For those who find adventure in the pages of a book, these quotes are for you.   “He wanted all to lie in an ecstasy of peace; I wanted all to sparkle and dance in a glorious jubilee. I said his heaven would be only half alive; and…

Hostels; the good, the bad and the ugly.

Almost every backpacker has spent at least one night in a hostel. They have evolved from dodgy budget accommodation, to a cult experience – Have you even been travelling if you haven’t stayed in a hostel? They’re cheap and you can meet some cool people. Without them, travelling would be outrageously more expensive. Tallinn, Estonia  Our…

Driving the Australian East Coast

Port macquarie -> Coffs Harbour -> Byron Bay and Nimbin -> Coolangatta -> Surfers Paradise -> Brisbane -> Noosa -> Fraser Island -> Bundaberg -> Rockhampton -> Airlie Beach -> Whitsunday Islands -> Cairns -> Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest -> Port Douglas -> Atherton Tablelands Australia is a beautiful and diverse country. From the white…

Books on the train

Tokyo is the number one largest city in the world in terms of land area, population and density. Pretty exciting stuff. So as you can imagine, commuting from one suburb to another can take a lifetime. My commute is 90 min each way. For the first couple of weeks it bummed me out that I…

‘The one who could repeat the summer day’

The leaves are changing, the air is crisper and I spent my morning collecting acorns with three year olds. Happy autumn everyone. Here is some Emily Dickinson for those who are still clinging to summer. Summer 2016 will stay with me forever, and I do wish I could repeat my own summer day. “The One…