Month: November 2017

Southeast Asia in Pictures: Week II

Every week during our eight-week trip across Southeast Asia, I plan to post a handful of snapshots and stories from the week just gone. This week we caught an evening flight from Singapore to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia – a short two-hour hop across the Gulf of Thailand. Minimising our environmental impact was something that was important for us to consider so we chose to take only two flights on this leg, in and out of Singapore, travelling otherwise by train (and occasionally, by bus). Given our limited time in Phnom Penh, we chose to visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum rather than the Killing Fields outside the city. A former high school requisitioned by the Khmer Rouge and turned into a prison and execution centre, it was a harrowing, necessary journey into the country’s tragic – and shockingly recent – past. The audio guide is well worth it and I left feeling even more inspired by the optimistic nature of Cambodia’s people. Most people over 35 or so have lived through unimaginable …

Southeast Asia in Pictures: Week I

Every week during our eight-week trip across Southeast Asia, I plan to post a handful of snapshots and stories from the week just gone. If you follow me elsewhere on the web, you’ll know that my everyday world has taken a turn for the tropical. After over a year of saving our pennies, I quit my full-time job in central London, my partner put his business on hold and we moved out of our one-bed flat in the city – to embark, finally, on our long-planned adventure. We are spending the rest of the year (October-December) exploring Southeast Asia: as my parents are (temporarily) living in Asia, the chance to explore this part of the world seemed too good an opportunity to pass up. I love to travel, and we had the luxury of being able to save up and plan far in advance so we could steer our commitments and finances with this excursion in mind. I have also been aching to go freelance for several years, but could never quite muster the courage …