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Sophie

Lifestyle

How i’ve learnt to deal with my psoriasis especially when on the road

I’ll admit many things. The fact that i’m broke. Literally broke. Freelance life bro. Freelance life. I’ll also admit that I have an unhealthy obsession with Asia. And that occasionally I eat my pasta with chopsticks just… because. But something I find it hard to reveal to my friends etc is that my skin is crappy. Not spots but Psoriasis. I’ve spent many a summer holiday trying to hide the giant red spots on my arms, legs, hell, all over…

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United Kingdom

Finding the world’s best beach in Wales

There’s a list online counting down the top 25 beaches in the world. I can’t say I thought during my weekend in Wales that i’d be able to tick one of the best in the world off the list, but I did. Yes that’s right, one of the top 25 beaches in the world is in Wales. After seeing it, I felt a bit bad for doubting Wales. You see, many people when they think of Wales think of Cardiff…

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Lifestyle

What i’ve learnt after 18 months of freelancing full time

I looked back at my one year post about being a freelancer and realised that this should definitely be a regular thing. One thing I am always asked when people find out that I am a freelance journalist is ‘how do you manage to find work?’ Sure it’s hard when you’re first starting out but you need to get yourself out of your comfort zone and get meeting and emailing people. As with anything there are always bumps in the…

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China

Reasons to go to Guilin & Yangshuo

Before I left China I had a list. I know. I became one of those people who has a list of things to do – i’m not really a fan of those but when it came to leaving China I was determined that I was going to see as much of the country as possible. When it came to deciding where to go, I knew the first two stops on my mini tour of China. Guilin and Yangshuo. I had…

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China

Seeing the pandas in Chengdu

If you mention China and pandas it’s most likely that your thought goes straight to Chengdu which is home to the country’s largest panda base. Many people visit Chengdu just to see the pandas and then get to know the cool city that it is – think hotpot and historical attractions along with cool mountain hikes. I visited the city during Chinese New Year with some friends from Xi’an and we were determined to see as much of the city…

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Australia

Hiking up Adelaide’s Mount Lofty

Adelaide is a city that has a bit of everything – city, beaches and of course the mountains. Luckily for Radelaiders the mountains aren’t far away and even boast some waterfalls of their own. During my last trip to Adelaide we finally hiked up the entire mountain, past the waterfalls and up to the lookout where you can see the whole of the South Australian capital. It was one of the highlights of my trip and gives you time to…

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London

Climbing the 02 arena in London

There’s the usual touristy stuff you can do in London and then there’s the peculiar. On top of the list of the peculiar is ‘climbing’ the 02 arena in London. Known to many as the Millenium Dome, the structure was an exhibition centre at the beginning of its life in which people could celebrate the year 2,000 (all I really remember is the ice rink and an arcade). It has since been turned into the entertainment venue that we all…

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Europe

I really want to go to……Almeria

It’s the end of March. I know, I know. And you know what? We’re at that point in which it’s time to seriously plan the summer holidays. Ah yes, the summer holidays usually filled with beaches, good food and good wine. But I have no summer holiday plans! And I need a beach! I used to like the idea of doing a city break and mixing it in with the beach but now i’m a full time Londoner (yes that…

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China

Things you’re usually asked in a Chinese taxi

Taking a taxi in China is always a bit of an adventure especially if you’re out in the sticks. If you can speak some mandarin it’s even more awkward and mildly enjoyable as the drivers like to interview you about your lives and of course talk some controversial politics. Having lived in different cities in China, I can definitely say the drivers in Xi’an were the most inquisitive and wanted to chat even after the journey had eneded. So here’s the top…

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China

Hong Kong Airlines and being pepper sprayed

I hadn’t been able to sleep the night before. It had been four years since I left Hong Kong, the beautiful city I had studied abroad in for a semester. Quite frankly, it had been four years too long. Sat on the airport express, I was pumped, ready to go and even in the mood for a celebratory selfie. Fast forward two hours and I was sat on my backpack of Beijing airport’s floor still waiting for check in to open.…

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