The Moment in The Blue Mountains

More hiking, more mountains, more breathtaking views. The past couple of days exploring the Blue Mountains National Park has been incredibly humbling and more life-changing than I could have imagined.  On Monday, a guide took me and a few others to the famous Blue Mountains that I’d been dying to see ever since I arrived…

The Place to be Care-Free

Do you care what people think – do you hesitate before you post a picture? Do you go over things you’ve said or done in your head and feel embarrassed afterwards? Do you second, third, fourth guess the way you look before going out? I’ll assume that most of you are thinking yes, right? If…

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…