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Hello. I’m Lucy.

A. ME!

Writing an “About me” page may be one of the hardest pages I’ve written on this blog. How on earth do I convince you that I’m wonderful/funny/interesting/fantastic/<insert more positive adjectives here> and that you should follow my blog…  without sounding totally egotistic?

I’ll give it a go.

(And if I convince you, please feel more than free to sign up to receive this blog by email!


About Me:

I’m Lucy. I’m half English, half American, a little bit Swedish and a little bit Irish. I’m not very good at fractions.


Me with a hilarious penis necklace.

I graduated from Bournemouth University in 2009 with a degree in Journalism and Media Communication… completely and utterly perplexed as to what I wanted to do and totally unsure of my passions in life. So, I ignored the voice in my head that said “You’ll definitely end up homeless, you clueless idiot” and instead got a job in a bar. I realise that it’s not common etiquette to admit you hear voices (and rather impolite ones) but I’m sure I’ll admit to far worse things in the blog.

For the next four years I lived a mixture of work, travel and writing. It took me four years to realise that my passions were writing and travelling. I guess I’m a little bit slow.

But with the Eureka moment that writing and travelling were my passions came the next voice “Hey, why don’t you dust off that travel blog you used to keep and give it a little love?” And so, Lucy’smilesaway was officially born.

Me with a human disco ball.

I’m the one on the right.

It’s hard to describe myself (apart from being wonderful/funny/interesting/fantastic of course), but I like to think that I’m open, curious, spontaneous and interested in everyone around me. Having said that, it’s obviously great fun to be gloriously judgmental and post all of my scathing thoughts on this blog. Haha.

Me, learning how to play the UFO

Me, learning how to play the UFO

Oh, and I think sometimes I can be waaaaay too easily pleased:

Utter delight in my sunglasses matching this rubbish bin

Utter delight in my sunglasses matching this rubbish bin

Utter delight in this gigantic prawn

Utter delight in this gigantic prawn

About this blog:

The blog was originally set up for me to brag tell family and friends about my six month visit to India in 2012.  Well, I went, I wandered and I fell in love with it.

And when I came home for a while to make some more money, the blog sat there unloved and neglected. I continued to travel – Europe, more of the USA, but in reality spent much more time getting drunk enjoying the local culture than actually writing.

Me. Delighted, apparently.

Me. Delighted, apparently.

And then, with the aforementioned Eureka moment, I decided to fall back in love with writing. And so here this blog is. I try to include a mixture of travel tales, thoughts and opinions and the odd occasional bit of humour.

Super. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this blog. Please feel free to comment, question and share. I love a chat.

If you’d like to hire me or would like me to guest post on your site, then please feel free to hit the “Contact Me” section – I’m often available for all sorts of writing-based projects. Equally if you’re interested in collaborating on this site, I’m also interested in hearing your thoughts. Lets talk!

If you’ve made it this far, congratulations. I’ll reward you with some of my favourite, most popular posts – You’re welcome!

Lucy xx

And remember to sign up!

37 Responses to Hello. I’m Lucy.

  1. Coffee with a slice of Life February 23, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

    I love how Sushi has to be mentioned in every post, and the bit about impersonating accents!! i love you

    • lucysmilesaway March 8, 2014 at 4:42 pm #

      Hehehehe, it defines me as a person. Sushi is part of my soul hahahahha. Love you long tiiiiiiiime xxxx

  2. Joella J March 9, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

    Hi Lucy, I just found your blog and I love it. Am I being stupid or can I not comment on your posts?

    • Joella J March 9, 2014 at 1:11 pm #

      Oh yes, I was just being stupid…Got it! :-)

    • lucysmilesaway March 9, 2014 at 2:53 pm #

      Glad you found it! WordPress might be playing up! X

  3. Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Thank you so much, However I am having problems with your RSS.
    I don’t know why I cannot subscribe to it. Is there anybody getting the same RSS problems?

    Anyone that knows the answer can you kindly respond?

    • Lucy from Lucy's Miles Away May 9, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

      Thank you so much! I’ll look into the RSS issue tomorrow morning and let you know! Thanks so much for letting me know too! xx

  4. Raphael Alexander Zoren May 29, 2014 at 12:32 am #

    Nice meeting you Lucy! Safe travels! :)

    • Lucy from Lucy's Miles Away May 29, 2014 at 11:55 am #

      Wonderful to meet you too – I am an absolutely gigantic fan of your blog, so it’s a bit like a celebrity saying hello. How nice!
      Safe travels to you! :)

  5. aaanchalk June 24, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    Glad to foind your blog. I am a passionate traveller too, so I love reading about travel tales.
    I am your follower now. Keep writing and sharing.


  6. scottfsmunro January 27, 2015 at 11:39 am #

    Great website Lucy! Got any plans on where you’re going to travel next?

  7. Will February 4, 2015 at 7:01 pm #

    This is definitely one of the most original ‘about me’ pages I have read. Kudos to you, I was amused consistently :)

  8. prakhar kumar singh May 14, 2015 at 4:37 pm #

    I had read ur blog of terrifying experience of urs in india and I m very much ashamed of what you have experienced. it is very disappointing for me to know that u felt so uncomfortable in our country and though I m not an ambassador of india but then also being an indian I think its my responsibility to apologize on for what had happened with u. I wish I can undo or erase those experience from your mind. I just hope that you forget those insane experience and move on plzz and do visit india again. don’t let a pathetic mammal disturb your life jst b hw u r and next time I wish when you visit India I could met you. thanks for giving your precious time to read this apology letter. hope 2 hear from u soon.

  9. Friend May 14, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

    Wonderful article Lucy!!!
    appreciate ur love for travelling.. hope u visit hyderabad some day!!!

  10. Suyash May 14, 2015 at 6:24 pm #

    That’s an interesting introduction. But before looking around more, I just wanted to point out that I find it absolutely wonderful how the blog URL can be read as both ‘Lucy’s miles away’ and ‘Lucy smiles away’. While the former is evidently the actual name, the latter has a nice ring to it too!

  11. shahnawaaz khan May 14, 2015 at 7:12 pm #

    what a wonderful blog !! i am soo surprised to have a guest like that in india who fought for her rights and have a courageous heart .. but did not leave the country ,, i have read one of your post regarding some filthy men mustarbated before you but there are a lot of lovely people across the country and you are a very generous guest of ours .. i feel proud to have u as our countries guest …….

  12. Aditya May 14, 2015 at 8:40 pm #

    I suppose i just fell in love with your blogs the way you describe everything. I too love travelling but i suppose you are not allowed to follow your heart in India. Still Had great time reading your blogs and about you :) lv u :)

  13. Sushil May 15, 2015 at 2:38 am #

    hey,, nice to know u r a traveller.. i have met many people like u while I studied Engineering and helped some of them back in India when they were clueless (about the people, culture and black marketting). If you happen to visit Kathmandu, Nepal.. do let me know. I will like to spend some time with you. (Oh yea, we will have great time and you can thank me later 😉 )

  14. AB May 15, 2015 at 2:56 am #

    Hey there,

    I am an Indian have worked with Africans, English and now in the US. I love my country and have white friends who are inquisitive about India.In fact , I have accompanied a lot of them to India and help them experience India in the most safest way. I thought you are worth sharing what I feel since your blog shocking but from the heart.

    I strongly believe there are two India’ s which exists and you have to be very careful if you travel as a foreigner fact make sure you are protected from this India by having friends around you who can differentiate between the two. .

    IN India today, the rapes of women, from children to grandmothers, are daily news. Frothy television programs on sentimentalized family values are interrupted by advertisements for a new smartphone app: VithU, which allows women in danger, at a double press of a power button, to send an S O S alert with their location to predesignated friends and family members.

    Universities are debating requiring students to abandon jeans and adopt formal dress codes, as though the trappings of civilization are needed to hold at bay the anarchy of sexual violence. Twelve-year-old schoolgirls are attending rape awareness seminars, in a death of innocence.

    Indian cities are awash with feral men, untethered from their distant villages, divorced from family and social structure, fighting poverty, exhausted, denied access to regular female companionship, adrift on powerful tides of alcohol and violent pornography, newly exposed to the smart young women of the cities, with their glistening jobs and clothes and casual independence — and not able to respond to any of it in a safe, civilized manner. This is the world of women under siege, the medieval world of the walking undead, the rise of the zombies, targeting females rich and poor. For women, at least, winter is coming.

    In this context, it might appear odd to examine any other variant of the Indian male. But it is important to do so and to do so now. To bear witness to an alternate male reality that also pervades India on a daily basis.

    This is what I witnessed on a recent flight from Kolkata to Bangalore. The plane was typical of budget air travel: full of businessmen and mothers. The smart flight attendants were young men. The pilot, captain of the flight deck, was a woman. This is not an uncommon combination in India these days. I was struck instead by the behavior of the male passengers.

    In most countries, a woman clambering aboard a plane with a fretful infant and turning a crowded row of six into a de facto row of seven is usually met with hostility. Here, every other row seemed larded with these women and their babies. But those stuffy Indian businessmen — men of middle management, dodging bottles and diaper bags and carelessly flung toys — they didn’t grumble. Instead, up and down the plane, I saw them helping. Holding babies so that mothers could eat. Burping infants and entertaining toddlers. Not because they knew these women, but because being concerned and engaged was their normal mode of social behavior. So, I will say this — Indian men can also be among the kindest in the world.

    Women know this. When I asked my friends and acquaintances — both Indian and expatriate — about their perceptions of Indian men, they mentioned intelligence, wit and a reverence for learning. Others described gregarious partners who knew how to relax and enjoy themselves. All of them talked about commitment and caring. One of my good friend says about her Indian husband, “I love that he is deeply concerned about his parents.” An Englishwoman said of her long-term Indian partner, “He makes me feel cherished and taken care of in a manner I never experienced in the U.K.” Another said of her father, “He supported my mother through their marriage, through her job, with the kids, her health, everything.” A 16-year-old schoolgirl echoed this: “You feel safe with them. No matter what, they will see you home safely.”

    Strong familial commitment is not a phenomenon restricted to the urban middle classes. Migrant laborers care for wives and children, and still send money home to their parents. The young woman who was gang-raped on a New Delhi bus on Dec. 16 had a village-raised father who supported her ardently. This part of the story is so unsurprising, it rarely makes the news.

    Let me introduce the Common Indian Male, a category that deserves taxonomic recognition: committed, concerned, cautious; intellectually curious, linguistically witty; socially gregarious, endearingly awkward; quick to laugh, slow to anger. Frequently spotted in domestic circles, traveling in a family herd. He has been sighted in sari shops and handbag stores, engaged in debating his spouse’s selection with the sons and daughters who trail behind. There is, apparently, no domestic decision that is not worthy of his involvement.

    There is a telling phrase that best captures the Indian man in a relationship — whether as lover, parent or friend: not “I love you” but “Main hoon na.” It translates to “I’m here for you” but is better explained as a hug of commitment — “Never fear, I’m here.” These are men for whom commitment is a joy, a duty and a deep moral anchor.

    At its excessive worst, this sensibility can produce annoyances: a sentimentalized addiction to Mummy; concern that becomes judgmental and stifling; and a proud or oversensitive emotional landscape.

    But when it is at its best, the results, in women’s lives, speak for themselves. If the image of the Indian female as victim is true, so, too, is its converse: the Indian woman who coexists as a strong survivor, as conqueror, as worshiped goddess made flesh. Indian women have served as prime minister and president. They head banks and large corporations. They are formidable politicians, religious heads, cultural icons, judges, athletes and even godmothers of crime.

    Modern India has a muscular democracy and a growing economy, both of which have significantly transformed the lives of women. But female success, in a place like India with complicated social structures and a tradition of the Old Uncle Network, doesn’t happen in isolation. A successful woman is very likely to have had a supportive male in her life: a father, a spouse, a friend, a mentor.

    For his part, the Indian male, when nested in family and community, is part of a domestic tapestry that is intricately woven and vital, it seems, to his own sense of well-being. Take that away from him, hurl him away — and a possible result is a man unmoored, lost, adrift and, potentially, a danger to himself and to his world. Disconnection causes social disengagement and despair — and the behavior that is the product of alienation and despair.

    Hope my point came across well and by the way you should have thrown a stone at that guy .lol

  15. Manish May 15, 2015 at 1:14 pm #

    Hii Lucy…it was really nice reading ur blog..I loved reading about your experiences and dream of being able to have a few myself!! :)) Maybe we could explore places together some day..:)

  16. soorya May 15, 2015 at 1:31 pm #

    hi lucy… I am soorya from Chennai. it is in south India…If u wish you may get a wonderful tourist attractions here in Chennai which dates back to 2000 yrs…I hope you ll definitely have a good time in india’s cultural capital….

  17. syd May 15, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

    Hey,Actually one of your posts on India was mensioned in a news article . that’s how I reached here . but I read many posts of yours. Keep up the good work.

  18. Joe Gomez May 16, 2015 at 2:29 am #

    Really Loved your blogs!! Looking forward to some more!!

  19. Shubham May 16, 2015 at 6:22 am #

    Starting from the first word each syllable following up gave me a reason to complete reading all your’s stuff .
    I am impressed by your work and wanna join you as a co-traveler!

  20. Sandeep May 16, 2015 at 7:41 am #


    I just happened to stumble across your blog a few hours ago and must admit that i was fascinated by what I read. I am an Indian and have lived in the US, Europe and Dubai for the last 10 years. Have travelled to many countries but am inspired by the free spirit, no holds barred travel you do. Wish i have the courage and opportunity to do it sometime in life. All the best with your travels. And keep writing. Am sure it brings a smile to many people, like it did for me

  21. Santosh May 16, 2015 at 11:31 pm #

    Hello Lucy:

    I read your blog on Times which led me your blog page.

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading them. Keep them coming.



  22. Durlov May 17, 2015 at 7:16 am #

    Okay, I have subscribed. I liked your blog. Have you visited Assam and the northeast?
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  23. Shardy May 21, 2015 at 10:25 am #

    You have become a celebrity in India after your article came out in a leading daily here. Your blogs are silly but sensible.

  24. Mahbub Ahsan May 25, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    Hello Lucy,
    have a look here… here you’ll see some sado indians made up a FAKE youtube account on YOUR name and making comments pretending it’s you trying to recover their indian image from that masturbation scumbag story lol

    • Lucy May 26, 2015 at 11:32 pm #

      Thank you so much Mahbub, but that really is my account. I don’t use Youtube very much, but I wanted to respond to that video to keep the confirmation up about how much I really do love India and that I have been so very thankful for every person who has written to me.

      But thank you so, so much for messaging me – you’ve got my back! Thank you! :)
      Lucy xx

  25. Nirmal May 26, 2015 at 9:55 am #

    HI Lucy,

    I just read your blog and i m shocked, it is a big disgrace for INDIA, especially as the result of a dishonorable action.
    Your displeasure for INDIA is true. We are sorry on behalf of our country.But believe me all are not same.
    Hope you visit INDIA again with great liveliness, especially in Gujarat the LAND OF MAHATMA GANDHI.
    And be the guest of Gujarat you will never forget the moment and hospitality of Gujarat.
    I wish to meet you in Gujarat – INDIA

  26. Ritu June 6, 2015 at 5:36 pm #

    thats so nice that u still love India, and its diverse culture!!!!! and nice reply u gave to this sado Pakistani mahbub 😉 … journey

  27. Ritu June 6, 2015 at 6:34 pm #

    and u look so pretty Lucy….u should try your luck in Bollywood :)

  28. Rajesh Kumar Panda June 10, 2015 at 3:31 pm #

    hi Lucy.. i m very happy to write here.. i am a blogger from Bhubaneswar, India. i knew about your incident in India. i m very sad for that. i saw your website.. this travel site is very nice. and i like it very much. i want to take your small interview through online. and want to post your story and about you on my blog i hope you will be positive. Just reply me through my email i will send you small question packs for your better answers . long live Lucy and have a great life..

    Regards, Rajesh Panda
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  29. nikita yadav April 1, 2016 at 12:24 pm #

    India is the most beautiful country. thats so nice that u still love India. You are looking beautiful Lucy.
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