Bali’s True Gems: The Volunteering Experience

Since landing in Bali, it’s been a rollercoaster and undeniably one of the most colourful experiences of my life. I feel so honoured by the community in Pejeng that I have not only experienced being a tourist, but also been welcomed into this local village like a member of the family. I have learned about…

The Climb

On Thursday, my alarm sounded at 1AM. Today was the day that my two British friends (Sam & Sam aka. Sam Squared) and I would be hiking up Mount Batur in Bali. This is an active volcano that many adventure seekers look to for the best view of the sunrise on the island and we…

Experience of a Lifetime

I rounded off last week with a walk around a local rice paddy and a dip in the holy spring water of Pura Tirta Empul – nothing like a good cleansing of the soul to make you feel totally ready for the weekend. I also managed to sample the famous luwak coffee (one of the…

Let’s Get The Bali Rolling

Walking into the volunteer centre on Sunday evening, I felt overwhelmed to say the least. I was shown to a basic room of 6, and when I say basic, I mean beds, fan, door. Living out of a suitcase is not something you can chose to do here, but rather something that is thrust upon…

Carpe Diem – Seas the Day

Today I’m off to Bali to embark on another adventure. After graduation I was so ready to take my next step, I just wasn’t sure in which direction I was meant to be taking it. I juggled so many ideas; last December I had firmly decided to go back to New York as soon as…

Are Fairy Tales Sexist?

Keira Knightley’s recent interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show has sparked off a fiery debate in the media. Everyone’s putting their own spin on it – Is Disney sexist? Should we ban fairytales being read to little girls altogether? Even Kristen Bell has weighed in, telling her daughters, “Don’t you think that it’s weird that…

My M.E.N.ingful Experience

On Monday morning I walked through the doors of the Manchester Evening News. This work placement was something I have been waiting for in high anticipation for weeks – I’d purchased a new wardrobe (naturally) of the most “journalist” vibe outfits I could find and was feeling particularly confident as I strutted into the building…

Things Waiters Wish They Could Say to Customers on a Regular Basis 

“You’re out of the salmon? Can’t you make an exception? There must be something you can do..” The amount of times I’ll tell a customer that we haven’t got any left of the dish they’ve requested and they persist in asking me if there’s something I can do? Pull a few strings – you know,…

No Offence…

First, Emma Watson’s Vanity Fair shoot offended certain ‘feminists‘ (note the inverted commas); next Friends took to Netflix in the UK and was branded “transphobic, homophobic and sexist” by many millennial watchers; then The Apprentice 2017 final sparked off anger in viewers as the phrase “ladies first” was used multiple times…. At times, it seems…

Ageism – the forgotten prejudice

Today, people have become accustomed to shutting down prejudice at lightning speed as soon as it rears its ugly head. Sexism, racism, transphobia and homophobia, although still predominantly present in society, are constantly being brought to our attention and I find that many are keen to make changes as we are educated more and more…