I'm Ali. 24. And these are my travelling tales. Mixed in with a bit of music and a lot of photographs for good measure.
October 2011: First stop Thailand; teaching in primary schools for the majority of the year.
Then onto Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia & Singapore.
October 2012: Sydney, Australia. Lived and worked for 11 months saving every penny to escape back to Asia. Finally got to travel up the East Coast before my visa ran out!
October 2013: Delhi, India. Volunteered at Salaam Balaak Trust teaching street children for two months. Travelled India top to toe and toe to top visiting the most amazing places, paradises and holy sites in the world and absolutely fell in love with the country.
In between that time I popped over to Sri Lanka and Nepal but India always dragged me back for more.
Left my beloved India in May 2014 and flew to Thailand to end my mammoth trip where it all began.
Two years and eight months of an absolute whirlwind adventure, I flew back home to UK soil on the 25th May.
Adair took me to a place in Brixton village on Sunday to cure our hangovers. The restaurant was called Senzala and is a creperie that also does vegan and gluten free options- how thoughtful! Also may I just add Lucy and Glynn invited us round for lunch on Saturday and she got loads of vegan stuff in which was so cute, those girls ❤️
So anyway, this crepe was the bomb and Brixton village was just the coolest little place to hang on a chilled out Sunday.
Oh and that last photo is a picture of the smoothie I bought on the way home in the last attempt of making myself feel better…and when I opened it it was fizzy and definitely off- needless to say the hangover got worse…! I had such good intentions too… Ha.
Went up to London for the weekend to stay with Hannah and also see Lucy to have a very well overdue catch up after all these years. I really did have the most amazing weekend with those girls. It’s been so great catching up with friends and realising that no matter how long it’s been, we really do just pick up where we left off and nothing has changed, if not even better because there’s so much to say and show for ourselves now everyone has got their own thing going on, and it’s so nice to see how far we’ve all come as well. I guess it was always going to be a bit of a worry coming home after such a long time and things have definitely changed in a lot of ways which I’ve found hard too. A friend mentioned it the other day and she put it so right, that it is a lot easier making new friends in a new place than seeing where you fit in again with old friends, and to a certain extent I find that very true; but I also know that I do have friends here for me no matter what or where I go in the world and they will always be here for me, which really reassured me and made me realise how lucky I am and what lovely friends I do have. I had such a great time seeing the sights with my personal tour guides around where Hannah and Lucy live, seeing their new flats (I say new but both Hannah and Lucy have both lived in their flats for over a year and have moved numerous times since I’ve been away…But new to me!) and meeting Han’s lovely housemates and friends too. London nightlife is so much fun and I’m totally converted, I know I said I always wanted to live in Brighton once I’m a bit more settled, but now I really think London would be awesome. It’s so much more diverse and exciting…I love Brighton, but I think somewhere new where there’s things to explore and do all the time definitely suits my personality now ha I might eventually reside in the UK but at least I can go exploring still!
Needing this this morning…Green smoothie to help recover from the weekend- don’t know whether I am just a granny these days or if I’m actually ill but it’s Tuesday and I’m really struggling. Wahh. Vitamins get in meeee 🌿🍌🍓#vegan #smoothietime #helpmeeee #grannyalice