Albania: Škoda in Shkodër

After 10 days chilling in Montenegro, it was time to move on to my next adventure in the Balkans and I hopped on a bus to Albania. There are a few buses per day heading from Ulcinj to Shkoder (listed as Skadar in Montenegro) across the border and even beyond to the capital, Tirana. The … Continue reading Albania: Škoda in Shkodër

Australia: Straddin’ Straddie

For my last few days in Australia, I wanted to get out of the city so decided to head to North Stradbroke Island ('Straddie') just 30km south of Brisbane. The second largest sand island in the world (sitting just behind Fraser Island, also in Queensland to the north), Straddie is easily accessible and blessed with … Continue reading Australia: Straddin’ Straddie

Australia: The (Not Much) Sunshine State

As I strolled along the promenade of Shorncliffe, a quaint Queensland town, the calm water to my right and the clear blue sky above me, I heard a lady remark to her friend, "We're so lucky to live here" and I couldn't help but agree. That's been my sentiment throughout my time in Sydney and … Continue reading Australia: The (Not Much) Sunshine State

Yunnan: Exploring Lijiang

My Christmas Eve plans seem destined to go awry. Three years ago on Christmas Eve in the Philippines I missed my ferry to Boracay and ended up stranded in Manila with nowhere to go. Last year I spent the entire day stuck on a veeeery long sleeper bus from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang. This … Continue reading Yunnan: Exploring Lijiang

Kazakhstan: Astana & the World Expo

After a surprisingly enjoyable 24 hour train journey, I emerged at Astana's train station to warm sunshine and a clear blue sky, even at 7am. There are buses that run to the centre from just outside the train station and I jumped on one which stopped just 5 minutes from my hostel, Nomads4x4. Buses in … Continue reading Kazakhstan: Astana & the World Expo

Kazakhstan: Shymkent – Astana

It was an early start for me in order to catch the 6.55am train from Shymkent to Astana. As Shymkent's railway station isn't centrally located, the lovely Nina from House Hostel arranged for a taxi to pick me up and take me to the station for 500 tenge. There I was greeted with just one … Continue reading Kazakhstan: Shymkent – Astana

Kazakhstan: Turk on Me

Despite being Kazakhstan's third city, not many tourists venture to Shymkent to sightsee in the city itself (in fact I don't think many tourists venture there at all). Instead it is used as a base to visit nearby Turkistan which has much more to satisfy the average sightseer. In my original plan way back when, … Continue reading Kazakhstan: Turk on Me

Monday Memory: York

It doesn't matter what country you're in, what job you're doing or who you're with, Mondays across the world are met with the same reaction. So I like to take the opportunity to remember happier times. Each week I'll share a travel memory which was most likely taken on a Tuesday or a Thursday or … Continue reading Monday Memory: York

Hong Kong: Po Lo Shan (Pineapple Mountain)

I've become slightly addicted to hiking in Hong Kong at the moment. The weather for the past couple of weeks has been absolutely glorious - clear blue skies but a drop in temperature have meant I can still marvel at Hong Kong's vistas without melting into a puddle of sweat. As I'm doing more hikes … Continue reading Hong Kong: Po Lo Shan (Pineapple Mountain)

Hong Kong: The Expat Factor

The past month has been so weird - my first month as an 'official' expat (though my badge is yet to arrive) has been hectic, stressful and involved countless journeys up, down and across Hong Kong. Now I'm finally settled in my new/old home, it's only just dawning on me how wonderfully bonkers the past … Continue reading Hong Kong: The Expat Factor