27. Saying Goodbye

Have we forgotten how to say goodbye?

I had just spent five days in paradise. Absolute, unspoiled paradise – a tiny, quiet island in the south of Cambodia with postcard-perfect beaches, emerald umbrellas of green trees, white sand adorned only by the criss-cross tracks of scuttling sand crabs and the continual sounds of whispering waves. As much as I’d love to reminisce this […]


What to pack for South East Asia

I’ve had a couple of emails recently asking me for packing tips and what to bring on a trip to South East Asia. This is a post I’ve been meaning to write for some time and finally today when I looked around the complete chaos that is my backpack and its exploded innards, I decided […]

23. 5 Crappy Excuses

5 Crappy excuses not to travel…

I want to preface this week’s Top Five post with a quick word; this post is not meant to make you feel guilty if you’ve never travelled, (or if you have no desire to travel), it’s not a “Ooh, look how marvellous I am, I’m abroad and I’m hugging an orphan!” post and it’s certainly not […]

22. Hsipaw

Poked by a monk….

After I had been ludicrously irritated and then shown the most wonderful kindness at the train station, it was time to make the journey north to the town of Hsipaw (Pronounced See-paw). I had read that the journey from Mandalay to Hsipaw was roughly 6 hours by bus… or 13 hours by train. Since time […]

21. A Tale of Train Station Kindness

A Tale of Train Station Kindness

You may remember, I was just leaving Mandalay, a city that certainly held beautiful and interesting things, but for me was just a mess of tangled streets and uninspiring buildings. Perhaps I’ll give it another go one day, but after so many incredible places visited in Burma, Mandalay was never built to compete. Anyway, I […]

20. Sunrise in Mandalay

A sunrise in Mandalay…

I had just left Bagan in search of seeking out Mandalay city, or “the golden city”, another huge city in Burma. The word “Mandalay” filled me with enthusiasm and interest – my only other introduction to this word was gazing upon a gigantic golden hotel in Las Vegas, named “Mandalay Bay”. I’m not quite sure […]

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