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Unfinished Business: Return to Canadia

Two winters ago I reluctantly ended my Canadian adventure in the city of Vancouver a place which was quickly awarded the coveted title of My Favourite City of All Time. This is a huge claim, I know, but the fact it consistently appears in the Top 3 Most Liveable City list says it all. Having ended my trip … Continue reading Unfinished Business: Return to Canadia

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More of Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur, Penang & Langkawi

Cost: £££££ Weather: 🌞 + 🌩️ Novelty factor: 🏖️ + 🍜🍜🍜 Having found my previous five-month stint in Asia (#namedrop) to be more than a little challenging, I never could have predicted flying back exactly one year later. But sure enough, I was to return in January 2017, exactly twelve months after my trip to Vietnam, … Continue reading More of Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur, Penang & Langkawi

A Guide to Penang Street Food

Cost: £££££ Weather: 🌞 🌞 🌞 Novelty factor: 🍜 + ⛱ Street food has become a way of life for me over the last four months. At home al fresco dining is a novelty, be it from a hipster food truck or a market stall. In Asia it is the norm. If you're hungry and on a backpacker budget the … Continue reading A Guide to Penang Street Food

Hanoi: Social Normalities

I've been in Hanoi for almost two weeks now and I can confirm culture shock is very much a thing. This is a list of things you have to just accept as the new norm when living in Vietnam... Men will generally have outrageously long, perfectly manicured nails, often in far better condition than your own. … Continue reading Hanoi: Social Normalities

Making the most of the snow

A lot has happened in the last couple of weeks: most of us have quit our jobs at Deer Lodge (please see TripAdvisor for more details on the slave like conditions we were working with) and a new plan to head to Vancouver at the end of January has emerged. Luckily, I have landed on my … Continue reading Making the most of the snow

Lake Louise Life

Despite my recent vow to never set foot on a coach again (a result of numerous soul destroying National Express journeys) last Saturday I found myself boarding a Greyhound bus set for Lake Louise, located in Banff National Park, a mere 182 km from Calgary. So, okay, I was a bit late for the bus, and … Continue reading Lake Louise Life

Calgary: My Top Five Faves

Tomorrow afternoon I will finally be heading into the Rockies to start my new job in Lake Louise, but, for the last three nights I have been hanging out in Calgary, Alberta. Although I will admit I have spent the majority of the past 72 hours lounging around my hotel room desperately trying to ween my … Continue reading Calgary: My Top Five Faves