Feeling Festive at Kew Gardens

I wanna wish you Merry Christmas! This is just one of those “I can’t believe it’s bloody Christmas” posts. But seriously, I mean it, I can’t believe it’s bloody Christmas. And so as people do when they feel the need to start being festive, I…

Spending Christmas in Sanya, a Chinese paradise

“It doesn’t really feel like Christmas at all” Having landed back in China at the beginning of November, it was absolutely freezing cold. I couldn’t believe the sheer difference in temperature from Xi’an to Beijing. Feeling like some warmth and good times with friends was…

Playing a match at the Australian Open (a couple of months later)

I walk along the Champion’s avenue, taking a look at pictures of the players who have gone on to win the Australian Open – Djokovic, Federer and Serena Williams. Unfortunately I was not going on to Rod Laver to win a grand slam title, I…

Things you think about during a long haul flight

Long haul flights. They’re like marmite – you love them because you’re going on an amazing trip but omg when will it end? I found myself pondering a lot during my flight from London to Adelaide and so i’ve put together a list of random…

What’s the story? November 20, 2016

It’s been a while dear blog but things have been incredibly busy. I write this sat in an incredibly busy Starbucks as we are still waiting for the ‘internet guy’ to come and fix our wifi. We’ve still got a week to wait and omg…

What the latest story?

I’ve been really enjoying reading other blogs lately and spending some time enjoying what others are up to. So I thought i’d try and give this weekly updating thing a go. So what has been going on this week? Work. Moving. Stress. Fun times. I…

What i’ve learnt after a year of freelancing full time

After three years in China, one of which was spent working as a journalist for a radio station in Beijing, I took the decision to move back to the UK and find work there. From the outset I knew it was going to be hard.…

Visiting the terracotta warriors in Xi’an

Xi’an, located in the northwest of China is probably most known for the Terracotta Warriors. Their history is fascinating. The shortened story is that they were buried with the emperor in 210-209BCE and their purpose was to protect him during the afterlife. They were discovered…

What’s the story?

It’s been a long time apart my dear blog. While I have to say it’s needed, I have missed it quite a lot. My blog got deleted and everything with it and i’ve been struggling to get back into my mojo until the other day,…

Mistakes I made on my trip to Moscow

I’d always wanted to visit Moscow. I’d had a fascination with the country ever since I watched the horrifically inaccurate Anastacia cartoon and then went on to study Russian history at school. I’d built up some airmiles from when I was studying abroad and had…

Feeling like royalty in Amsterdam

Walking through the doors of the Waldorf Astoria in Amsterdam, I couldn’t help but think that maybe there was some confusion. I’m not a member of royalty or some A-list celebrity, but as soon as I entered the hotel, I certainly felt like one. Having…