A year in moments #15 – the ‘what have I got myself into, am-I-going-to-die?’ moment

I was told I was to accompany Sandeepan’s husband later that day to some accommodation outside of Shimla. It seemed like an instruction rather than a request. I was in Northern India and had connected with a family who ran an NGO which helped with the education and empowerment of women and remote villages. They ran volunteering programmes and were thinking of offering the volunteers … Continue reading A year in moments #15 – the ‘what have I got myself into, am-I-going-to-die?’ moment

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 we kept wandering. Phnom Penh was a new city to … 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 later on the other side of the world, saving me … Continue reading A year in people #79 – the San Francisco guy

A year in people #57 – Scott Watkins

You know when enough time passes and you can’t remember how you first got chatting to someone? That’s what I’m like with Scott. I *think* it was on Twitter, and then at parkrun, but it could have been the other way around. He’s the run director/top dog/organiser person at Albert Park parkrun in Melbourne, and I met him in 2013 when I did my first ever … Continue reading A year in people #57 – Scott Watkins

Ultra-Trail Australia: 50km and 2500m of sheer joy

Or should that be sheer hell? One of the hardest races I’ve done, but one of the most satisfying and one of the best weekends for fun. Each year in May the town of Katoomba is descended upon by thousands of runners keen to take on the quad-busting ascents and descents of the trails in the Blue Mountains National Park. I’d been to the Blue … Continue reading Ultra-Trail Australia: 50km and 2500m of sheer joy

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 a couple of teenage kids, in that awkward meet-someone-in-the-supermarket-and-then-keep-seeing-them-down-each-aisle way. … Continue reading A year in people #28 – Margaret from Tasmania

A weekend in Hanmer Springs

I’ve been to Hanmer Springs a fair few times now. It’s actually is one of my favourite places in the South Island. Given it’s only about 1 hour 40 minutes from Christchurch it’s an easy destination to go for a weekend, or even a day depending on how much you like driving and who’s in your car with you. There’s a plethora of different things to … Continue reading A weekend in Hanmer Springs