Why Hong Kong’s 1997 Handover still matters

I’ll get back to talking about travelling soon (I promise!) but I want to talk about something else that’s currently topical and also close to my heart: the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover. I have friends and relatives in Hong Kong but I’m not a Hong-Konger, nor have I ever technically lived there. But … More Why Hong Kong’s 1997 Handover still matters

World Refugee Day 2017: Stories of survival and how you can help

I’m going to take a moment out here to talk about something much more important and serious than travelling and I hope you will take something away from this. This week is World Refugee Week and today, the 20th June, is World Refugee Day. You will have certainly heard a lot about refugees in the … More World Refugee Day 2017: Stories of survival and how you can help

Taipei: Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall and learning from history

My first walking tour of Taipei by Tour Me Away ended at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and I went with another British girl from my tour group to see the changing of the guard inside. The Memorial Hall was also where I began to get a true understanding of Taiwan’s painful modern history. The changing of the guard reminded me of the … More Taipei: Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall and learning from history

How to survive a Trump presidency

In classic American style, the US has gone bigger and better than Brexit and elected Donald Trump as their next President. *Inhales sharply*. Deep breaths everyone. The impossible has happened. A reality TV star will hold the world’s most powerful office. I doubt even The Donald himself truly saw this coming. But good old democracy has blindsided us once again. … More How to survive a Trump presidency

Hong Kong’s future: 18 years after the handover and my experience of the protests

The 1st July 1997 marks a significant day in history. On this day, 18 years ago, Hong Kong was officially handed back to the People’s Republic of China after an emotional and poignant ceremony on 30th June. The handing over of Hong Kong marked the end of the British Empire as it was known. For … More Hong Kong’s future: 18 years after the handover and my experience of the protests