Why I Will (Probably) Never Be a Successful Travel Blogger

Why I Will (Probably) Never Be a “Successful” Travel Blogger

I’ve been travelling and writing about it for a pretty long time now. In 2013 I shouldered my backpack for my first solo trip, to South America, and decided to start a blog. Its main purpose was to reassure my mum that I was still alive and had not been kidnapped by drug lords. After that it became a bit of a habit. I’ve written about working a summer season […]

Jaya jaya Nepal

That’s that. We’ve left Nepal, and are currently sitting in Delhi airport (apparently voted the second best in the world), waiting for Lufthansa to deliver our boarding passes to us. It’s been an absolutely mad last week, with lots of rushed goodbyes, the painting of a mural, a (relatively successful) attempt at cooking French toast for 50 people, a quick trip to a Nepali hospital and a cheeky Maoist strike. […]

“I wish I was a rhino… Except they can’t eat pizza”

So, 7pm the night before we were due to leave for Chitwan, and we hadn’t booked any transport or any activities or a hotel. We had very little idea of what we were doing, with the added complications of Georgina’s Indian visa potentially needing to be collected, and Nathan’s illness calling into question whether he even wanted to come. Having been emailing back and forth with several rafting companies, we […]

“He’s always dad-ing around all over the place”

I’ve never been to a place where there are so many festivals. I thought India was bad, with Navratri and Diwali and Eid all falling within the same few months, but here it’s even worse (well, better). We’ve had gaijatra and teej and now indrajatra, all in the space of a couple of weeks. Monday saw another day off school, which we fully took advantage of, heading out to see […]

“It’s like frogspawn, but pleasant”

The length of time between each blog post pretty much directly correlates with how much of a good time I’m having. I’m having a pretty good time. Another teaching week has flown by, filled with classes and marking of homework and despairing of children for not doing said homework. Cat and I have developed a system whereby we designate alliterative days of the week for given activities (Fun Friday, Song […]

“And then for thirty years, nothing happened”

So what else is new? As I said before, we have no spare time here – in a good way – so all the blogging I’ve done recently has been playing catch up. True to form, I’ve not written anything for a good week, so here I go again. When we got back from our wild (not) weekend in Thamel, we were refreshed and ready to face another week of […]

“Travel broadens the mind and loosens the bowels”

Some stuff has happened. Life is so hectic nowadays that it’s almost impossible to find a spare five minutes in which we don’t just want to crawl into bed and nap until the next millenium. So blogging has been sporadic at best, and I can’t hope to recount the events of the past almost-two weeks in enough detail, so a brief overview will have to do. We’ve all managed to […]

A Day in the Life

05.25: Between 2 and 4 alarms ring. Time for yoga. 05.26: Between 2 and 4 alarms are snoozed or switched off. Yoga can wait until tomorrow. I set my alarm again for a couple of hours later, thinking I may as well get some lesson planning in before breakfast. 07.00: Alarm number two goes off. I weigh up the pros and cons of getting up vs rolling over and going […]

“I can smell the rabies”

We’ve had a couple of days now to settle into the school, and tomorrow will be the proper start of teaching, having had a couple of days to observe classes and introduce ourselves to the kids. It’s been strange adjusting to having a new group of people: as well as Cat and Matt who’ve joined us from Durham, there’s Nathan from Churchill college Cambridge, and Georgina from Clare college, both […]