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On stillness and soul food

My mornings in France have taken on the kind of familiarity I feel restored by, as I discover and accept that I am just as much a creature of habit and routine as I am of change and adventure. Perhaps even more so. I wake perched precariously on the edge […]

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La vie en rose

Days are drifting by like clouds on the crisp November winds, each one tinted rose by the ebbing warmth of the setting sun. I feel as though my time here should be accompanied by an Edith Piaf soundtrack. Hours pass in a delicious blur of cooking, creativity, and country walks. […]

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Six months in a chateau

It was pure chance that led us to this place, both geographic and internal. Pure unadulterated chance, and a healthy portion of what can only be described as incredibly good luck. France had been on our horizon for over six months, an ever expanding focal point whose direction we soon […]

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The art of long-term travel

The world beyond my window has disappeared, shrouded by a dense mist that draws everything inside it, a well-kept secret waiting to be revealed. Every morning I stand here; I pull back the curtains and gaze out across unexplored hillsides, their greens and browns growing more familiar with each passing […]

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Taking the slow road

Our lives are changing with the seasons, the pages of our story curled and tattered, preparing for new growth like the autumn leaves that swirl and dance on the breeze as we drive past. Outside our car the air is crisp, perfumed with pine and wild mint. Inside, the radio […]

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A new look and a new start

I drifted away from blogging for a while. I didn’t mean to, it just happened. Time slipped through my fingers like water, and I was a stone skipped happily across its surface, watching weeks pass me by with every leap forward. One month, two months, three, then four, and suddenly […]

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An adventure by any other name

It is Russ who first christens our motley expedition as we slowly ease ourselves off our motorbikes on the banks of the Mekong river. Stiff and broken from the long day’s drive, we stretch our legs and feel our battered bodies start to come alive again. “I was thinking we […]

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Finding the beauty in motion

It is another balmy, blistering day in Battambang. The air hangs listless and heavy, and I am longing for some respite beyond the air-conditioned sanctuary of our room. We have rented a moped, and decide that the best way to escape the heat is to move; to feel the air […]

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From temples to tables

The dark is lifting faster than I would like as our tuk-tuk rattles its way through the pre-dawn quiet of Siem Reap. It’s a little after 5am, the hour our driver assured us was plenty early enough to reach the temples of Angkor Wat in time to watch the sunrise, […]

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Healing in Cambodia

The past month has been a difficult time. Lee and I struggled to work through our relationship problems whilst cooped up together 24/7, and I reached a personal all-time low on the road, feeling detached and isolated, and dearly missing my family and friends back home. It has been the […]

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Staying afloat

I have always been afraid of deep water, a phobia I have long wished to overcome. But right now, as we make our way from Koh Tao back to the mainland of Thailand on an ill-timed visa run amid high winds and huge waves, my fear has never felt more […]

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Reflecting on six months of travel

I am so lucky. I cannot count how many times I have said or thought these words. At least once a day since we left England six months ago. Over 180 wholehearted expressions of gratitude. I am lucky to be where we are, without question, but more than this, I am so […]

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An abundance of choice

I shift uncomfortably in my seat, wedged between my backpack and a sleeping stranger on a busy Bangkok bus, the smell of warm palms on metal railings mingling with the air-conditioned breeze that gratefully blows across my face. Outside, the sights of a city I’ve never been to before pass by […]

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The evolution of dreams

I stand on the edge of the Arabian Sea, my feet routed in that sweet spot where the white lip of the waves gently brushes the shore, covering my feet with foamy kisses. I allow my heels to sink into the soft wet sand, staring down at its rippled surface, […]

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Silver linings notebook

Every cloud has a silver lining. I lie on a hillside, turning those words over in my mind, gazing up at an undisturbed blanket of blue, searching for the hidden treasure amongst the flawless cerulean. For the past few days I have been suspended in a cloud of my own, one of […]

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A day to listen to

It started with a seed, as so many things do, and a fateful conversation in the afternoon haze. Leaning against the wall of my back porch, I turned to a fresh page in my notebook and began to transcribe as my friend Ana read out a horoscope-like prediction from the […]

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The doors we leave open

The stillness of the night was broken by the familiar thud of a kitten dropping from the ceiling, a nightly occurrence since they grew brave enough to hurl themselves from the rafters after climbing in through a hole in the roof. I lay there agitated as Bear mewed incessantly, willing […]

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