Friday, 29 April 2016
I don't know how people did this whole travelling thing without the internet. How did they find anywhere good to eat? How did they not get hopelessly lost? I can't read a map to save my life and I have a genuine fear that I'll end up in a foreign equivalent of an Angus Steakhouse.
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Surprise, surprise! I'm in another country. I had another full week in Hong Kong before getting on an eight hour flight to Sydney. It's bittersweet as I leave one friend to go and see another, but already Australia is doing me some good. Within hours of arriving I was sat on Bondi beach getting some much needed sun which I am very grateful for!
Monday, 25 April 2016
Thursday, 21 April 2016
I have a standard outfit for travelling on this trip. It involves wearing the heavy, cumbersome items that are also generally the most comfortable so that I don't have to try and squeeze them into my rucksack which is already heavy enough please and thank you. I arrived at the Pan Pacific in this uniform: ripped mom jeans, trainers, a hoody tied around my waist and no make-up and instantly stood out as 'the backpacker'.
Tuesday, 19 April 2016
Thankfully, this has been the calmest week in the last month. In four weeks I've been to eight cities across five countries and I am so bloody tired. As I'm a week into my two week stay in Hong Kong, camping out in my best friend's lounge, I have a little bit of normality. I've still been busy, I can just chill out in between which I'm so appreciative for!
Monday, 18 April 2016
Kuala Lumpur is a magically diverse city. People of Malay, Chinese and Indian heritage; Hindu temples, Christian churches and Muslim mosques practically right next to each other. So, unlike Chinatown in any other country I've been in, KL's version is incredibly diverse and goes beyond the lanterns and dragons you'd expect to see.
Saturday, 16 April 2016
I've been brought up with a sensible approach to money. I had a paper round at 13, a part-time job throughout school and university, and I've always saved a portion of my earnings since working full time. The three month trip that I'm on right now is down to the fact that for two years I saved every single month, although admittedly with no specific aim to go abroad. I've travelled a lot since 2014 and inadvertently stopped buying as many new clothes in order to fund my new passion.
Thursday, 14 April 2016
Street food in Asia is something else. OK, we have some great food trucks in London, but you'll end up spending a small fortune on a pulled pork burger in a brioche bun with duck fat chips and a craft beer whilst standing with every other 'foodie' in east London. In Asia, you can hop from stall to stall down any number of roads and alleyways and have some of the best food you'll ever have for the cost of the small change rattling in your pocket.
Tuesday, 12 April 2016
Tomorrow marks a month since I left the UK to start The Big Trip. I'm now in Hong Kong and can't believe I'm already seven cities in to my adventures! This last week I wrapped up my time in China, had a long weekend in Seoul, and arrived in HK where I'll now be for two weeks. I'm really looking forward to staying put in one place for a while as this travelling lark is bloody tiring!
Monday, 11 April 2016
I had a few criteria for the first hotel I would be staying in on my trip. I didn't mind forking out for it as I was preparing myself for feeling awful after a 12 hour flight. Being thousands of miles away from home by myself, I didn't know if I'd be emotional or scared, so I wanted to make sure I was staying somewhere that would be safe and comfortable.
Saturday, 9 April 2016
The whole thing about China being covered in smog always seemed like a bit of a fabrication to me. Sure, it's a huge country with an insane amount of people, but the air couldn't be much different to rush hour in London. When I went to Beijing in 2014, I saw how the sky could be grey and the sun looked smudged out on a couple of days, but aside from that we had beautiful blue sky.
Thursday, 7 April 2016
Whilst planning what to do in Kuala Lumpur before I left the UK I saw photos of the stunning Batu Caves and promptly bounced off my seat with excitement. Despite not being religious in the slightest, I love seeing huge statues of gods and deities in other countries; they have a way of making me totally awestruck and so wonderfully far from home.
Tuesday, 5 April 2016
Oh HEY! Nihao from Xi'an, China! I've finally managed to get online and do this whole blogging thing again, although in between walking everywhere, eating everything, and generally tiring myself out with sheer excitement, there hasn't really been that much time.
Monday, 4 April 2016
Saturday, 2 April 2016
On my first day in Kuala Lumpur, I decided to shun the all-you-can-eat breakfast at my hotel and instead head to Imbi Market. Well known to the locals, it opens at 4am to provide shoppers with their fresh produce, before people settle down at a more acceptable hour to have breakfast cooked for them by various street vendors.