“Running round the streets in the dark, trying to find my home…let me live in the eye of the storm, let me show you how it feels to be alone.”

I never actually knew what the term “expat” meant until recently. An expatriate is someone choosing to live in a foreign country and carve out a new life there. This is a very common practice in certain parts of the world such as here in Vietnam. A lot of expats journey here, fall in love … More “Running round the streets in the dark, trying to find my home…let me live in the eye of the storm, let me show you how it feels to be alone.”

“You opiate this hazy head of mine, cos you’re my medicine.”

When travel gets difficult, when life get’s difficult, when the world gets difficult I turn to music. And I love the fact that I am not the only one. Music can unify us in solidarity, it can tear us apart individually, it can speak to just a few or a stadium full of people but … More “You opiate this hazy head of mine, cos you’re my medicine.”

I’m high but I’m grounded, I’m sane but I’m overwhelmed, I’m lost but I’m hopeful baby…I care but I’m restless, I’m here but I’m really gone…I’m free but I’m focused, I’m green but I’m wise, I’m hard but I’m friendly…I’m sad but I’m laughing, I’m brave but I’m chicken shit!”

A year ago today we told the world about the world. A year ago today is when we officially told everyone the plan of our global travel adventure. And although we haven’t been gone from the UK for a full year yet it’s strange to think that we’ve been at this travel thing for over … More I’m high but I’m grounded, I’m sane but I’m overwhelmed, I’m lost but I’m hopeful baby…I care but I’m restless, I’m here but I’m really gone…I’m free but I’m focused, I’m green but I’m wise, I’m hard but I’m friendly…I’m sad but I’m laughing, I’m brave but I’m chicken shit!”

“Get off the plane and hit the ground running, now I know why we’re called the human race.”

I didn’t know what was draining me more, the process of moving to a new country, the heat and humidity, the rock hard beds which the Vietnamese seem to insist on or the mountainous, daunting and exciting tasks laid before me at the zoo. After a week I was utterly exhausted. But what we had … More “Get off the plane and hit the ground running, now I know why we’re called the human race.”

“With the hands of uncertainty…let mercy come and wash away what I’ve done.”

I sat staring at the screen muttering “what have I done?” over and over again. I can imagine there was a look of equal parts abject horror and severe disbelief on my face as the night wore on and I refused to believe quite what I had set into motion. I couldn’t forgive myself that … More “With the hands of uncertainty…let mercy come and wash away what I’ve done.”