A year in people #95 – Greg from Phnom Penh

Nick and I had been wandering around the city for a while. It was a hot, dusty evening and we'd just spent hours on a bumpy, stuffy minibus. Laden down with backpacks and travel-weary, we were losing hope of finding somewhere to stay. Guesthouses were either all booked up or way too expensive, and so … Continue reading A year in people #95 – Greg from Phnom Penh

A year in people #79 – the San Francisco guy

I met R in Queenstown when I was travelling in New Zealand in 2014. He was staying at the same hostel and I was about to head to bed but a friend persuaded me to stay up for a few minutes longer and after ten minutes of chat, I found myself crashing on his sofa two months … Continue reading A year in people #79 – the San Francisco guy

A year in people #49 – Paula

I could write about how Paula loves to sing, or how she is one of the most hilarious people I've met in New Zealand, or how she thinks about other people before herself, or makes great cakes, or the fact she has one of the biggest fancy dress collections I've ever heard about, or how, … Continue reading A year in people #49 – Paula

A year in people #42 – Bryony

How many times have you been the new person that turns up to something? A new job, a party, a meeting, a fitness group etc. Where you don't know anyone? It can be terrifying, right? Intimidating? Even for the most confident people. The first time I went along to the HIIT Squad when I first … Continue reading A year in people #42 – Bryony

A year in people #41 – Susie Sue

"Here you go Paps." Sue handed me a pile of envelopes. "What's this?" I asked. "There's one for each day. Open them when you need to." A few days later I sat on the floor in a dusty tent in the middle of the Jordanian desert, items strewn around my feet . I was trying … Continue reading A year in people #41 – Susie Sue

A year in people #38 – a guy in a car

My flight was a little delayed and it was after midnight when I found myself doing the 20 minute walk from the airport to my car which I'd left at work. A car drove past, indicated and pulled in a short distance ahead. Should my instinct to be worried? It wasn't, but I was definitely … Continue reading A year in people #38 – a guy in a car

A year in people #28 – Margaret from Tasmania

Railay beach in Thailand, 2013 and Nick and I were hanging onto a rope in a monsoon, trying to climb up a near-vertical cliff to get to a lookout. We were soaked to the skin, sliding all over the place, trying desperately not to fall to our death. We kept meeting a family, parents and … Continue reading A year in people #28 – Margaret from Tasmania

A year in people #9 – the lady from Pigeon Bay

A few days after my relationship ended in New Zealand last year, I decided to go on a bike trip around the Banks Peninsula. I had a week to spare and needed to go do something rather than sit in my friend's spare room. I'm not one to mope around so if I was going … Continue reading A year in people #9 – the lady from Pigeon Bay

A year in people #8 – Mrs Mackie

Mrs Mackie, there are two things I remember about you as the mother of my best friend at primary school up until the age of about 10. Tenderstem broccoli and fishfinger sandwiches. We only had normal broccoli at home, so this long-stemmed vegetable looked and tasted so exotic. It fanned out on my plate like … Continue reading A year in people #8 – Mrs Mackie