In Brief…

A northerner with a love of travel, photography, cooking and (of course) eating. You’ll find me…

Diving with Deer in West Bali National Park

Deer and diving, two things you can certainly find together, literally right next to each other. Seriously. Huh? Where? I hear you cry over the soft hum of your procrastinating brain. Well, hold on to your coffee cups (too much?) because you absolutely can combine diving with some beautiful sunbathing deer in Indonesia – the…

Flores: West to East – Volcanoes, Churches & lots of Eucalyptus Trees!

Volcanoes, churches, trees… not many people!

Following a lovely, long week floating around Komodo National Park (seriously THE BEST EXPERIENCE), I was fueled with some spare time and an eagerness to see what the land version of Flores had to offer. This meant that a quick decision was made to venture from Labuan Bajo in the west all the way to Maumere nearly in the very east of the Indonesian island of Flores.

Crying in my Coffee – Part 2 – Long Haul

Squinting at the baggage reclaim board… belt number 4. My feet moved but my brain was following about a minute behind. Eugh I felt foggy. Have you ever travelled long haul? The plane journey I blimin love, honestly, unlimited films, booze delivered to my seat, just me in my noise cancelling zone. Yes, the bathrooms…

Crying in my Coffee – Part 1 – Grief

Dragon fruit, blueberres, melon, some salad, focus on the list, don’t think about it, concentrate, just pick up the fruit get to the till and get out of there. Hold your breathe, pause the podcast, you’re not listening to it anyway, and focus. Too late, I’m crying in the cucumbers. Grief will hit you everywhere….

Pulau Kapas for a Weekend Wander

A quick weekend visit to Pulau Kapas is very easy, if Firefly don’t cancel your flight (this did happen to me due to ‘operational issues’… luckily I was able to change it to the following Saturday).

Solo in Siquijor, The Philippines – Women Who Wander

Nine years after the magic of Palawan conquered my love of turquoise seas and empty beaches I returned to the Philippines, this time Cebu. After a one night stop in hectic Dumaguete where the distinctive characteristics of the Philippines hit all my senses at once (tricycles, horns beeping, loud church sermons, fast food, being called maam…),…

Borneo Ultra Trail Run – Do It.

  Sweat dripped down my cheek, my legs wobbled and relief started to fill my body as the finish line suddenly materialised. Smiling with all the energy I had left, I crossed the line with arms outstretched, ready to receive high fives from the M.C. and grab the elaborate medal. Two hours and twenty-five minutes…

Post Trekking Peace in Kathmandu

Honestly! It exists! Let me tell you more… Before I trekked the Annapurna Base Camp trail I threw myself head first into chaotic Kathmandu, staying at the famous Kathmandu Guesthouse. Yes, the hotel’s grand history and links to well-known Everest climbers enticed me in however, don’t let that happen to you. A very busy hotel,…

The Himalayas – Women Who Wander

14 days in Nepal, 11 days trekking. This was the longest trip I had ever completed alone, also the toughest physical and mental challenge my legs and mind have tackled! Before Nepal the longest trek I’d completed (well they were hikes really) were a few day hikes high up in the Andes around the magnificent…

Mind-blown. Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

11 days of hiking, below freezing temperatures, endless refillable dhal bhats, constant momos, two books, plenty of podcasts, music on shuffle, thousands of stone steps, wobbly bridges, unbelievable vistas, meandering paths, uphills, downhills, overladen donkeys, foul smelling donkey poo, beautiful flowers, butterflies, magnificent snow capped mountains, a couple of lonely moments, plenty of friendly faces,…