Sophie

A twenty something journalist recently returned from 3 years in China who likes a good long island iced tea and a beach. Currently working for a national newspaper in London.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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The best ways to see the Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is quite honestly a beast. But it’s the one beast people have at the top of their bucket list when they visit the country. Hell, i’ve even heard of people skipping Beijing, heading straight to the wall and flying back…

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Spending Christmas in Paris

I know it’s a little late but i’ve only just got around to sorting through my photos from the family Christmas in Paris. And boy was it an awesome Christmas. It was unusual, Christmas Day on the Eiffel Tower and Boxing Day in Disneyland Paris…

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Things that happened in JANUARY

I’m always one for an update post and as we’re nearing the end of January (please make the cold stop) it seems like it’s about time! January for everyone is about making goals, resolutions and thinking about the rest of the year and i’ve certainly…

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2.91 billion journeys? It must be Chinese New Year!

This weekend the ‘Spring Festival rush’ kicked off in China. It’s a time when everyone begins to start the long journey home to celebrate Chinese New Year which falls on January 28. It’s estimated that 2.91 billion journeys will be made this year during the 40…

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Switch off your bloody phones. It’s time for a digital detox.

“OFF. NOW. For fuck’s sake!!” I don’t know what came over me. Maybe it was the two hours sleep i’d had the night before. Maybe it was the fact that I was leaving China for good and feeling strangely….OK about it, but this woman had…

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Expat life isn’t always fun, holidays and parties

Starting out the new year, travelling or moving abroad is always a resolution so i’m here telling you what it’s really like to be an expat. And i’m going to tell you about it through one of my diary posts written during my time in…

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China’s freezing Disneyland: Harbin Snow and Ice Festival

No this isn’t a scene from Frozen, this is Harbin Snow and Ice Festival in China. Possibly my favourite trip that I did while living in China and also the most costly to get to. Every year in January and February people rush to northern…

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