My experience of the Nepal Earthquake

Broken power poles Kathmandu

It wasn’t nearly as dramatic as you might expect from the news.

But the news focuses on the hot spots and misses the ordinary – ending up rather narrow at times.

I don’t mean to undermine the horror and destruction that many other people experienced in the Nepal Earthquake, but I was lucky enough that nothing was traumatic for me.

At first I was completely blasé. Things shook, I was on the 4th and top-level of my hostel – so the entire thing shook. Bit alarming.

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The Little Town of Pingyao

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I had originally planned one night in Pingyao and several nights Taiyuan. I’m not quite sure why, but as I travelled down the country from Harbin I decided to extend my time in Pingyao and cut down my time in Taiyuan.

I’m so glad I did.

Pingyao is a great little place. It has so much character! The old town is surrounded by a standard sprawling modern city, but the old town is fully preserved with its walls intact.

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The World’s Most Dangerous Hike?

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While googleing random stuff do around the world and pondering whether or not I should add it the official bucket list or not (you know instead of doing lesson planning for my four year olds) I have frequently seen Mt Huashan listed as one of the most dangerous hikes in the world if not the most dangerous hike in the world.

So naturally, I had to go and check it out.

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My Best and Worst Travel Moments of 2014

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I’ve done some pretty cool things this year. Some of my favourites are:

Standing looking out at Namtso Lake

Namtso Lake and flags from hill

Namtso Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes I have ever seen. It was so lovely and clean there – in contrast to the busy, crowded cities of China that I had been frequenting. The mountains were beautiful as well – many were completely covered in snow down to ground level. I also loved the prayer flags that were dotted around the rocks like little reminders of the human history of the place.

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Discover Stunning Heaven Lake

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I first heard about Heaven Lake when I was looking at which obligatory tour to take in North Korea. I was looking to go as long as possible and at the time there seemed to be two types of tours that were about 11 days long.

One went to about 5 different cities and included lots of things, another started the same way, but then cut off half way and went to Mt Paekdu instead.

In the end I decided to go with the tour that saw more places and still managed to be cheaper, but I remembered Mt Paekdu.

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How to Teach English in China (and other places)

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Teach English in China!

Teaching English is an awesome way to experience another country as a career break, a way to have a deeper experience of a country during your gap year, to fund long-term travel, or to simply live and work in a new country.

I’ve had a great time living and working in China for the past year and a half.

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