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The little adventures of Jo! Travel with me on my overdue gap year around the world :)


NEPAL | Sunday, 6 Oct 2013 | Views [815]

Altitude: 2675m. I reached a low point yesterday. A very low one. We decided to make tracks away from Lamjura La and head here. Before leaving, I felt full of energy and enthusiasm, optimistic that my knee would have completely recovered with a ... Read more >

Tags: everest base camp, nepal, outdoors, sherpa, trekking

Lamjura La

NEPAL | Friday, 4 Oct 2013 | Views [2759]

Altitude: 3530m. We are currently at "altitude" in a small Sherpa settlement called Lamjura La or Lamjura pass, just before our first mountain pass on the trek. It's meant to be a place of spectacular views 360 degrees (despite not having any views ... Read more >

Tags: nepal, outdoors, trekking

Bus to Jiri

NEPAL | Monday, 30 Sep 2013 | Views [2319]

Altitude: 1951m We woke up early today to catch the bus to Jiri where we'll start our trekking adventure to Everest Base Camp. We're doing it a little different to most who usually just fly into Lukla and start the trek from there. We're walking in ... Read more >

Tags: buses, cities, everest base camp, music, nature, nepal, outdoors, sherpa, trekking

Namaste Nepal

NEPAL | Friday, 27 Sep 2013 | Views [511]

We've touched down in Kathmandu! The flight in was amazing thanks to Dad's prebooking of the best seats for a view of the Himalayas. Being snowcapped, they were hard to spot at first but you could definitely see Everest and the rest of the world's youngest ... Read more >

Tags: cities, flights, himalayas, mountains, nature, nepal

Home is Beautiful Too

MALAYSIA | Tuesday, 17 Sep 2013 | Views [401]

I'm guilty of forgetting how beautiful my hometown really is. Because I come from Kota Kinabalu, I take for granted the beauty of this place. But waking up early today to walk up an old childhood haunt, Bukit Padang, had me truly appreciating the magnificence ... Read more >

Tags: malaysia, mountains, sunrises


MALAYSIA | Saturday, 14 Sep 2013 | Views [453]

I'm currently back in my hometown, Kota Kinabalu, on the Borneon side of Malaysia. It's been a little over seven months since I left Brisbane to travel the world. I was reflecting on my travels the other day and I realised that I haven't stayed ... Read more >

Tags: family, friends, malaysia, reflections

Sleeping in Luxury

MALAYSIA | Thursday, 12 Sep 2013 | Views [416]

Rolling around in egyptian cotton and laying my tiredness on duck down pillows. Not hating on the hostels I've stayed at, because they did a great job providing what I needed, but sleeping in a five-star hotel is always a luxurious experience to truly ... Read more >

Tags: food, hostels, hotels, malaysia, reflections

Leaving the Country of Hakuna Matata

KENYA | Tuesday, 10 Sep 2013 | Views [632]

Beyond the burnt down airport and the chaotic jammed-up streets of Nairobi, lies a country and experience I will hold close to my heart. Ten days in Kenya was not enough and would never be enough to fully appreciate this country. We've merely scratched ... Read more >

Tags: animals, cities, family, friendly strangers, kenya, outdoors, reflections


KENYA | Sunday, 8 Sep 2013 | Views [502]

We're rolling in towards the end of our time in Kenya. We're at our last safari destination, Amboseli or the land of the mini dust tornados.   It's been fabulous visiting Kenya. The people are so wonderful and the lodging is a far cry from ... Read more >

Tags: animals, family, friends, kenya, outdoors, safari, sunsets

Peace in Nature Kenya :)

KENYA | Tuesday, 3 Sep 2013 | Views [403]

What a gift to the soul! My first long and normal sleep after being completely sleep deprived by Istanbul was in Siana Springs in the Maasai Mara in Kenya. I went to bed at 9.30pm  with the peace and quiet of the jungle and then awoke to the gorgeous ... Read more >

Tags: kenya, outdoors, reflections, safari


TURKEY | Monday, 2 Sep 2013 | Views [456]

I left Istanbul upset and in a rush much to my dismay. I was tired of the hostel and party (!) lifestyle and just wanted to be in the comfort of my home and I longed to be with the people I love. All this on my last day at my last stop of my solo ... Read more >

Tags: architecture, cities, european adventure, food, nights out

Eating My Way Out of the UK

UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 | Views [400] | Comments [1]

So it's happening and I'm leaving - WAAAAH! :( But it's been a fabulous run for me in the UK and I enjoyed so much of it. The scenery, the friends, the weather (!), the shopping, the cities/towns/villages, EVERYTHING! Strangely though, I never got ... Read more >

Tags: european adventure, flights, food, uk

Leaving Soon :(

UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 | Views [332]

Leaving is always difficult. Leaving the UK has always just been a tad worse than just difficult. It's my last day here and I think I've woken quite early compared to the last few days. Looking outside the window, I look onto a lush garden and sheep ... Read more >

Tags: european adventure, friends, reflections, uk

Issues, Issues and More Issues

UNITED KINGDOM | Friday, 23 Aug 2013 | Views [402]

Considering I did an excellent job with catching trains in Europe, I'm having an awful time with the transport in the UK. It's not that it's substandard and terrible here - it's just that I seem to have a running streak of issues. First, there was ... Read more >

Tags: buses, european adventure, hostels, trains, uk

Live in Liverpool

UNITED KINGDOM | Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 | Views [455]

What I like most about being in Liverpool is the music. Yes, the greatest band ever, the Beatles, was born here and I'm here on a pilgrimage. Even though they've disbanded and half of them are no longer, their legacy lives on strong in this vibrant ... Read more >

Tags: cities, european adventure, hostels, music, sightseeing, uk

Teacher to Friend

UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 20 Aug 2013 | Views [320]

Isn't it amazing the different insight you get as an adult?   It's been amusing recalling old school memories in Japan with my science teacher from then, Mr. Mackay. As he told me HIS memories of events, I compared them with my simple recollections ... Read more >

Tags: friends, reflections, uk

I Love Travelling!

UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 18 Aug 2013 | Views [439]

What an unbelievable day!  When the alarm rang at 7am, I briefly woke up but drifted back to sleep. I had the strangest dream in this half hour daze where I dreamed I just got back to work and everyone was asking me questions about my year ... Read more >

Tags: dreams, european adventure, friendly strangers, friends, road trips, uk


UNITED KINGDOM | Saturday, 17 Aug 2013 | Views [360]

I feel like I'm leaving Skye with a mixed bag of feelings. While I'm happy I made it out here and love the beauty of the isle, I feel slightly disappointed because I don't think I've done it justice with my visit.   Skye was one of the places ... Read more >

Tags: european adventure, outdoors, trekking, uk

Highland Times

UNITED KINGDOM | Thursday, 15 Aug 2013 | Views [317]

The Scottish Highlands are really something. I traversed this amazing scenery this time by train. Unfortunately, even with a nearly solid nine hours sleep the night before, I found myself nodding off a lot, probably missing out on a lot of the scenic ... Read more >

Tags: european adventure, trains

Off to Scotland!

UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 | Views [376]

Wow! That is what London is. I've had an amazing time in this awesome city catching up and creating fun with great friends. Chilling out in parks, visiting museums, partying - really just enjoying and getting to know the city for what it is. ... Read more >

Tags: cities, european adventure, friends, trains, uk

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