Hangzhou

The West Lake is a wonderful place to get lost in some dramatic hill drenched scenery while the willows rustle in the wind around you. Oh and no doubt you’ll be able to hear traditional Chinese music drifting across the water from somewhere. The time of year that I went meant that the trees were awash with flaming reds, burnt oranges and every shade of yellow in-between, interspersed with greens here and there. Explore towering pines, fields of ferns, bushes and other shrubbery, meander through bamboo and wander through forests of maple type trees bursting with colour. See if you can locate the stones that create a path along a stream and the statues of children playing in the water, locate the zig-zagging bridge that takes you out onto the lake itself, the statues commemorating brave warriors and see if you can find the lover’s seating area hidden on a hill. There’s plenty to try and find!

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Boston & Providence

When I think back to my reasons for coming to the USA for the first time, it was primarily for the universities. I had this grand dream that I could graduate in the UK and then go on to do a PhD Stateside, but now travel is what dominates my dreams practically on a daily basis and let’s face it travel is a far more practical (and certainly cheaper!) option. But when I was dreaming of USA study, I thought it would be good to go and see some of the best universities not only in the USA but also the World. So I choose to fly into Boston to see Harvard, MIT and then I could pop over to Brown in Providence and Yale in New Haven before going down to New York for NYU and Columbia so that’s just what I did.

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Rajasthan

It was July 2010 when I first entered the massive country that is India. I was only there for a short while; just over a week, but the country left a lasting impression. At the time I didn’t enjoy it much, however, upon reflection, I think India is one of the those countries that, when you look back on your time there you do actually want to return and experience just a little bit more of its hugely diverse culture. Something I don’t think I appreciated as much as I should have.

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Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp. The first of many camps leading to the highest mountain on Earth. The trip that got me there was easily one of the most amazing periods of my life. It sealed the deal with my love affair of travel and it has most definitely helped shape me into the person I am today. It’s something I look back fondly on and one that I constantly wish to relive.

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