Like mother, like daughter

‘As mothers and daughters, we are connected with one another. My mother is the bones in my spine, keeping me straight and true. She is my blood, making sure it runs rich and strong. She is the beating of my heart. I cannot imagine a life without her.’ My mum means everything to me; she…

Staying fit whilst backpacking

Staying fit and healthy whilst travelling is really difficult. It’s the only thing about backpacking that I get stressed about; I get really tense if I don’t workout every day and I’m practically inconsolable if I can’t find healthy food to eat (not being dramatic this time). I may go slightly overboard sometimes, but it…

Happy Mother’s day

Today is Queen Sirikit’s 85th birthday and in turn Mother’s day as well. Whenever there is a celebration in Thailand; our school tends to go all out, so this week we’ve hardly had any lessons as the student’s have been preparing for their celebrations. On the last day before the bank holiday weekend, everybody came…

Free (ish) things to do in Bangkok

Thailand is cheap, but it isn’t as cheap as everyone’s preconceptions. When I call home and tell my family about what I’ve been up to, I’m always met with similar responses ‘how much did that cost?’ closely followed by ‘oh that’s not as cheap as I thought!’. Newsflash, not everything in Thailand will cost you…

The Tie-Dyed lungs of Bangkok

After being a little underwhelmed with the Bangkajao; better known as the Green lungs of Bangkok the last time Joe and I visited (read all about it here!), I was a little hesitant to return…but this time we had local guides in the form of Thai children to show us around, so it’s got to…

Diary of a whimpy camper- Khao Yai

I am an outdoors kind of girl in the sense that I have an outdoorsy boyfriend and have been dragged along on hikes and treks in the wilderness regardless of whether I want to go or not. After 5 years, you stop digging your heels, you kind of get used to it and your brain…

A day in the life of a TEFL teacher

  Today is my Friday (I know it’s only Thursday), but it’s the King’s birthday tomorrow so we have the day off and we’re heading to Khao Yai National Park to do some camping over the bank holiday weekend. This week marks my 11th week of teaching, meaning I’m over the half way mark now…

Pretty in Petchaburi

Planning my weekends away are getting more and more difficult as each weekend passes by; why you ask? I feel as if we’re running out of places to go. Now don’t take me too literally on that; Thailand is a very vast country and there are whole sections left undiscovered by myself; I’ve only briefly…

Nakhon Chai Si- what a legend!

After an amazingly speedy 3 day work week (thank you bank holiday) Joe and I took the 45 minute minibus ride to Nakhon Prathom town- Nakhon Chai Si to visit two of our lovely friends who had offered to put us up for the weekend (Shout out to Sophia and Bekka- you’re amazing!) As always…

A sober holiday in Pattaya

This week, I’ve had a four day weekend; sound the alarm, set off some fireworks, let’s party I have four days off and it’s been the best feeling in the world. For the bank holiday, we decided to head to the closest beach resort Pattaya. Pattaya is best known for its prostitutes, go-go bars, middle-aged…

My SE Asian rollercoaster ride

It’s been almost 3 months since I arrived on the island of Koh Chang, began my teacher training and put away my backpack- the very backpack that I have been living out of for 4 months prior to that, the backpack which holds pretty much everything I own, the backpack which (in fear of sounding…

Who let the dogs out in Ayyutthaya?

This weekend I had planned to have a quiet, boring one where I spend little money, don’t really leave my apartment, catch up on sleep, run errands and save up for Pattaya next weekend…those who know me know that I can’t do boring or relaxing. So we decided to spend a couple of days in…