A Brief Visit to Vietnam

My visa ran out on the 15th of December, and in order to get a new one I had to go to a different country and reapply for another 3 month visa. With the other interns either having to leave the country earlier than me, or only wanting to do a quick border trip I …

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Life in a Karen Village

I always wondered, how different can it really be? We’re all human after all, with the same wants and needs. Adjusting to life in Huay Pakoot hasn’t been nearly as hard as I thought it would be. I expected a couple of “what have I done?!” moments but I haven’t had one yet (other than …

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My First Hike

I’ve learnt a new meaning to the phrase “being thrown in at the deep end.” Hikes leave at 7:30, so you have to get up early every day in order to go. Breakfast is brought to base and usually (always) consists of rice. After eating and filling up my water bottles we set off on my …

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Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

Throughout my time at university, I have been told by lecturers to look at the way the media portrays new scientific studies and advances. I've always understood why, but until now none of the news stories have hit me as hard as these: Headlines from Pakistan Today, Fox News and the LAD Bible As my previous …

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Flights, Camera, Action!

This blog is a little different (and shorter) from the ones I've been writing recently, mainly due to the fact that today was the day I bought my plane tickets for my trip to Thailand in September! I will be leaving on Friday 16th September and arriving in Chiang Mai on the 17th. It has …

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I Want To Ride An Elephant!

Because why not? A trip to Asia isn't complete without an elephant ride. Right? No. There are an overwhelming number of reasons why you should never ride an elephant, ranging from their physiology to how humans treat them. Just like most wild animals, elephants naturally avoid humans. They're not as skittish as some animals, but neither do …

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Elephant Conservation in Thailand

In September 2016 I will be heading out on my first big adventure. I'm off to Thailand for 6 months, working as an intern with a charity called Global Vision International. GVI have been working hard to rescue the amazing Asian Elephants from the streets and circus performing in order to rehabilitate them into their …

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