December 5, 2017

One of the locals approached me while I was lying in the sea and asked if I wanted to try paragliding. He had a good deal. We walked out of the sea and he drew a diagram on the sand, explaining how I would be taken to another island by boat and I would paraglide from t...

December 3, 2017

The next morning, I packed my things and ran away to Langkawi. I had secured myself a voluntary placement at Tubotel, a funky hostel where people slept in tubes facing the sea. It took me a good part of the day to get there and by the time I reached the hostel, it was...

December 2, 2017

There didn’t seem to be much to do in George town so I took a one hour bus journey to the national forest. You could trek through the forest and end up on numerous beaches depending on which trail you took. One of the beaches had a turtle sanctuary which I wanted to se...

December 1, 2017

I spent two days wandering the streets of George town. It was very hip and arty with Chinese temples and mosques here and there. But I felt restless. I was wasting my time, I should have planned great things to do here but I seemed to lack the motivation to do so. I ma...

November 29, 2017

I paid 41 ringgets for a bus ticket to Penang. The journey was going to be 5 hours. I was very early and the lady said to come back by 10.20. What was I to do for half an hour? Have a cup of tea and a croissant of course. I ordered to take away as I was afraid I'd miss...

November 27, 2017

I was meant to volunteer at Travel Hub in the heart of KL in exchange for free accommodation for a few nights. They wanted me to produce lots of short promo videos. I dragged my heavy luggage in the sweltering heat from the apartment to the station, on the train and to...

November 23, 2017

Sophia (the flat mate), Amore (Sophia's friend) and I met James at the train station. He was a British teacher living in China on holiday in Malaysia for a week. Very polite and English. He was on his way to his hotel and asked us for directions. We got talking and the...

November 21, 2017

I put up a post in the Travellers in KL fb group asking if any other travellers fancied meeting up and Daniel got in touch. We spent a few nights talking through facebook. He was about ten years older and had a lot more life/travel experience than me. He told me he had...

November 16, 2017

I gently woke up mum in the early hours of the November morning to say goodbye. We hugged and I walked to the station, dragging my suitcase behind me with a lump in my throat. I had spent the last couple of weeks feeling… what? Alert? I had never been so far from home...

April 24, 2016

So April 2016 bought with it a rainy day in London when the homeless march took place. It started on the main road outside of 10 Downing Street, (no one could actually stand directly outside 10 Downing Street; it was well protected with huge wrought black iron gates an...

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