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As you may know, I was backpacking around Asia when I stumbled into Bali and ended up staying here. Travel was my first love and where most of my money went when i was working full-time in the UK. I never wasted my holiday allowance and I’d start planning my next trip as soon as I got back in order to stem the waves of depression.

Since settling in Bali I’ve not travelled much. I had a short trip to Australia to apply for my visa, we visited Thailand for a holiday and a friends wedding, I did a visa run to Singapore and we went back to the UK for a month when Maya was still a baby. My travelling days are not over however and from time to time I do get itchy feet again. It’s difficult to go too far from home when the children are so young and the Balinese don’t really ‘do’ travel (well would you if you lived in paradise!) None the less, I am determined to start exploring the world again within the next few years.

In the meantime, I’d like to start sharing some of my past travel experiences here. I was pretty rubbish about blogging when I was actually travelling and most of these photos haven’t been published anywhere else but facebook.

India was my first stop of my life-changing trip around Asia. It’s funny because everyone says not to start with India but of course I can’t bear to follow well-meaning advice. I never even wanted to go to India – I thought it would be dirty and chaotic and I’d hate it. Well it is dirty and chaotic but actually, I loved it. I fell in love with India from the very first day zooming around on my own in an auto-rickshaw in Delhi, laughing at myself and wondering what the hell I’d let myself in for as we weaved in and out of traffic.

In India I watched the sunset over the Taj Mahal, camped by the side of the Ganges River, watched Diwali fireworks explode in the skies over Varanasi, fainted in a temple and recieved many marriage proposals. India really challenged me as a single girl travelling on my own and proved to me that I could really do anything now that I was free to do what I really wanted.

India is dust and dirt and color and life. It gets under your skin and I’d go back there in a heartbeat.