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Meditation Anxiety: Living at a Buddhist Monastery

Meditation Anxiety: Living at a Buddhist Monastery

I’ve struggled so much with writing this blog post; everything I put down onto metaphorical paper doesn’t seem to express how this experience made me feel or sounds like airy fairy bullshit. When I tell people I spent 12 days living in a Buddhist monastery in the mountains of northern Thailand, and half of those days I was in complete silence, the only word I can really utter to describe it is “awesome”, which doesn’t begin to cover the profundity…

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Half a year and half a world away 

Half a year and half a world away 

It’s been six months since I nervously boarded a 5.30am train at Perpignan station and waved goodbye to my mum and step-dad, with a few warm, salty tears trickling across my cheeks, before heading off on my journey across the world.  Since then I’ve visited 15 countries, four continents, travelled thousands and thousands of miles, slept in 75+ hostels, motels and homestays, met 100s of people, climbed two mountains, swam with turtles and sharks, and made friends for life in…

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Embracing The Beautiful Baltics

Embracing The Beautiful Baltics

My entire trip around Europe stemmed from one idea – to visit my former colleague Helen in Estonia, where she is now studying. Before then, I had never given much thought to this tiny country. But from that small wish, I found myself exploring some beautiful countries I don’t think I would have done otherwise, as, determined to see as much as I could in my limited time, I tagged on visits to Lithuania and Latvia en route to Estonia,…

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Krakow: History Among the Snow

Krakow: History Among the Snow

If I thought Berlin was cold, Krakow was a shock to the system. Before heading off on this trip I knew I wasn’t going to be basking in glorious sunshine, but the change in temperature from balmy southern France was a struggle to cope with. I’d packed layers upon layers, sturdy walking boots that would be able to cope with ice and snow, and treated myself to a properly insulated jacket. But the cold has a way of creeping in…

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Auschwitz: A Warning to Humanity, Still and For Ever

Auschwitz: A Warning to Humanity, Still and For Ever

How does one write about a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau? Anything that can be said seems trite and obvious. But one cannot make a trip there without coming away with something. I’ve found it very hard to put into words how I feel about what happened. It was the most harrowing and awful few hours of my life. Yet I left. I was there as a visitor. As a tourist. The cold I experienced that day was nothing compared to how…

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48 Hours in Berlin

48 Hours in Berlin

My journey to Berlin was a stressful one, filled with cancelled trains, controlled explosions leading to missed connections and an unexpected diversion into Switzerland. By the time I made it to my hostel, I was absolutely shattered, aching and pretty stinky. I had planned on having a drink, chilling out and prepping for the next day but instead I grabbed a much-needed shower and collapsed into my bed. The hostel was freezing that night – thankfully one of my dorm…

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It’s never or now – I’m leaving on a jet plane

It’s never or now – I’m leaving on a jet plane

As some of you might know, I’ve spent the last few months bumming in the south of France with my mum and step dad, after quitting my job. It’s been just what I needed at this point in my life and while I could stay here forever, I don’t think it’s suitable long term plan, for many reasons. I’ve therefore decided that 2017 is going to be the year that I travel. And in a little over three weeks I…

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