Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, 2010 Although this was a trip I took nearly 5 years ago, it has stayed with me since then as the most exciting, and definitely the scariest, journey of my life. And that’s coming from someone who has willingly taken on death road in Bolivia, and the mountain passes surrounding Huaraz, Peru – I really thought we were a goner this time.
Ikom Town, Cross River State, Nigeria, 2012
Living with the family of a chief in Ikom Town, Nigeria, meant that I was lucky enough to experience life as royalty (albeit very, very minor royalty) in this amazing place.
Jungle Tour, Reserva Nacional Pacaya-Samiria, Peru, 2014
I was a complete bookworm when younger, and one of my favourites that I read again and again was the beautiful Journey to the River Sea – it had the power to whip me out of rainy London onto an adventure to the deepest depths of the Amazon rainforest.
Machete Sunday, Ikom Town, Cross River State, Nigeria, 2012
This was the moment when I really realised just how pampered and easy a life I had lived until this point. I’m pretty ‘into’ international development, clued up about the world, had travelled a fair bit by then, and was no stranger to feeling unsettled and knowing that my world view was very different to the people who actually lived wherever I was visiting at that point.
I didn’t think I would be very shocked about anything I came across in Nigeria: toilets that were flushed with rain water; a family of geckos in my room; 40 degree heat; washing my clothes in the river and people turning up 8 hours late for meetings – I thought I can deal with it all. But this one really threw me. Continue reading “moments i will never forget #1: the machete incident”