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2017 review: 30 before 30, a time for growth

2017 review: 30 before 30, a time for growth

It’s that time of year when we each reflect on the last 12 months and whether we feel we need to make plans and/or changes for the next year. It’s incredibly hard not to feel nostalgic at this time of year and it is always wonderful to look forward to what is to come. But it is also a tough time of year for a lot of people and the expectations can be overwhelming. In general, I think the whole “New…

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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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Independent cinema – a tale of two cities

Independent cinema – a tale of two cities

Many people noted when I first shared my 30 before 30 list that it was mainly aimed at becoming more independent. And this is probably true. I wouldn’t say that I am not an independent person, but there is still a long way for me to go before I feel I am truly comfortable with myself and doing things alone. The big things I struggle with doing alone are eating (in public) and going to the cinema. So, these two…

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Quarter life crisis? Perhaps. Here’s my 30 before 30 

Quarter life crisis? Perhaps. Here’s my 30 before 30 

I’ve turned 28, quit my job, and decided to leave the city where I have started to cultivate a life