I'm standing on about three centimetres of stone, pressed against the rock at about 18 metres from the ground, as Dave shouts up: "You have to turn around! Spin a few times - you know, like a ballerina!". Seems like I don't need to hitchhike to experience the thrill of the adventure. I am at … Continue reading The Mechanics of Fear (and climbing gear)
It is morning and I still haven't decided. Will I do it? How dangerous is it? Can I do it? At the thought of leaving the hostel to hitchhike the 300 odd kilometres to Chiang Mai, my chest knots itself up and my head goes spinning. I spend some time on my newsfeed to procrastinate, … Continue reading To Hitch or Not to Hitch
I have never so much as looked at a guidebook about Thailand (okay, I leafed through one for about five minutes once). Now, I'm on an improvised road trip with my dad, my step mum, fifteen Thai people and two Malaysians, somewhere in North Eastern Thailand. As much as I'd like to find out more … Continue reading Thailand! Family holiday (Familienurlaub)
I made six new random friends since I boarded the bus in Jaisalmer yesterday evening. Within a few minutes, I'd introduced myself to the guys across the corridor of the sleeper bus, and my plan of having locals handy in case I was confused worked out fabulously. Plus none of us got bored, and I … Continue reading 10-minute-friends and floating thoughts.
I find it easy to adapt to unfamiliar conditions, but it takes others to make me duly appreciate and marvel at my surroundings. A little French flavoured family holiday is exactly what is needed. We've rented a minibus, including a Sikh driver who sometimes swaps the turban against a Nike cap and drives the nine … Continue reading Family Holiday (vacances en famille)
05h15 We have just broken into our flat in Delhi, dismounting the gate and leaving a hole in the fresh mortar. Twelve hours earlier. Clem (my French nearly-sister) and I are standing on the dirty road, made up like Disney queens, waiting for everyone else to come back from the temple. Two hours later. Elephants … Continue reading How to: Indian wedding [in 9 simple steps]