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Summer in Seoul

Posted on 24 September 2019 by Laura Simons

안녕하세요 (an-nyeong-ha-sae-yo!) My name is Laura, I am a 3rd year Neuroscience student and this summer I attended Seoul National University International Summer Programme. Seoul is a vivacious city and the young person’s paradise, with a hundred and one things to see and discover and I will do my best to condense it into a small
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The Final Week: さようなら日本

Posted on 16 August 2017 by Laura Davies

At long last, yet seemingly all too soon, the month-long Yamagata project is over and I am safely back in the UK, still a little jetlagged but otherwise no worse for wear. The final week seemed to go the quickest; I can barely remember the order of events, but I will do my best. One
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Adventures in Yamagata: Part 3

Posted on 5 August 2017 by Laura Davies

At long last, here is part three of my adventures in Yamagata. My apologies for the delay – it’s been a pretty busy week as usual. To pick up where I left off, we’d collected our new translator and then immediately after we visited a Japanese castle. We made a quick stop at a foot
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Adventures in Yamagata: Part 2

Posted on 29 July 2017 by Laura Davies

First of all, my apologies for the late post – this past week has been unbelievably busy and tiring, but very fun. We had a pretty full-on week of mostly sightseeing which made a nice break from all the work we had been doing in the fields. Even without the sightseeing, some interesting things happened
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Adventures in Yamagata: Part 1

Posted on 19 July 2017 by Laura Davies

The past week has proved busy but highly productive, not to mention enjoyable. Already it feels as if I have been in Yamagata forever, and I wouldn’t mind if that was the case. In terms of work we have been busy weeding rice paddies, weeding vegetable patches, weeding an athletics track, weeding a flower garden…yeah,
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Two Days in Tokyo

Posted on 9 July 2017 by Laura Davies

Yesterday I arrived in Tokyo but was too tired to update after so much walking – my apologies for that. These past few days have been quite hectic but fun. I met three of the other volunteers in the airport and we all caught the dreaded 12 hour plane together. When we finally arrived in Hong Kong,
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The Journey Begins

Posted on 6 July 2017 by Laura Davies

So here I am; the day has arrived and I’m off to the airport to start my adventures in Japan. The past few days have been filled with a never-ending stream of advice from my parents about travelling and staying safe, and I have packed everything I could ever think of needing in any potential
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Intern in a concrete jungle.

Posted on 8 April 2017 by Sarah Wren

I envisaged the summer of 2016 to be like any other, going back home, missing my uni friends and working in a pub for months on end, bored out of my mind and wishing for September to arrive so I could head back to Cardiff. Little did I know that attending a career’s fair would
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Saying Goodbye

Posted on 9 December 2016 by Maisy Provan

Today was my last day on placement in Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital, Sri Lanka. Now that I am at the end I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone! I have enjoyed the experiences and opportunities I have had out here. From tropical conditions, to operation theatres, ICU’s, the various wards and the physiotherapy department
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19 Days till Christmas!

Posted on 6 December 2016 by Maisy Provan

Had a lovely weekend exploring more of Sri Lanka. The girls and I headed to Trincomalee, to the beach and to explore the town. It was lovely to have a chill after an exhausting week on placement. For the last 2 days I have been based in the paediatric gym in the Physiotherapy department. Assessing
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Food Glorious Food

Posted on 2 December 2016 by Maisy Provan

Since I have been in Sri Lanka I have tried numerous curries, Sri Lankan style street food and traditional snacks. I do love a good curry and I have a little bit of a chilli obsession, so lots of the food has been amazing! Twice a week we have Sri Lankan cooking lessons to try
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I Got to Wear Scrubs!

Posted on 1 December 2016 by Maisy Provan

Yesterday morning I was allowed to go to theatre to watch some surgeries. A lot of the doctors were on strike so only emergency surgeries were being carried out, no routine. On arrival I had to change into green scrubs, plastic white shoes, a hairnet and face mask. (As a physio student I never get
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A day with OT

Posted on 29 November 2016 by Maisy Provan

So today I went and shadowed in the OT department. There are only two OT’s who work in Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital, who are both male, a bit different from the female dominated profession at home. In the morning I stayed in the department in one of the clinics the one OT holds. I saw a
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‘KuKiss’

Posted on 28 November 2016 by Maisy Provan

Today I got the chance to go to some of the surgical wards in the hospital. We saw some patients for chest physio and some for mobilisation and rehab. One gentleman we saw had rib fractures and a neck brace following a road traffic accident. Due to the rib fractures manual techniques are contraindicated so to
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Bus Journeys

Posted on 27 November 2016 by Maisy Provan

So this weekend we had to head down to Columbo, Sri Lanka’s capital, to get our visa’s extended. After a 5 hour journey we finally arrived at the immigration office, a 3 hour wait and our visa’s were sorted and off we headed to Negombo to see if we could go to the beach and
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1840 Steps

Posted on 27 November 2016 by Maisy Provan

Since we arrived the girls and me have been waiting for a evening to go to Mihintale, a small mountain peak 10km outside of Anuradhapura. This evening finally it was still sunny when placement finished so we rushed back to change and grab a tuktuk there. We climbed the 1840 steps to the top view point and
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Buddhist Nature

Posted on 22 November 2016 by Maisy Provan

It is so easy to come to a different country and be critical of the way they do things compared to home but embracing what you can and sharing knowledge can make it so much more fun. My second week has begun in Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital, Sri Lanka, I have experienced more patients with a
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Weekend Adventures

Posted on 20 November 2016 by Maisy Provan

To make the most of my time in this beautiful country the girls and me decided to go on a weekend day trip. We left the house at 7am and took a minibus to Dambulla, driving through rural Sri Lanka, with a few spots of rain along the way. We arrived in Dambulla an walked
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The Wards

Posted on 18 November 2016 by Maisy Provan

Today I was given the opportunity to shadow one of the Physiotherapist’s on his ward round. The Wards: All the nurses wear traditional uniform, they look like they are from the 1900s: Black and white stripped dresses, long white pinafores, white hats and long white socks with white shoes. The males wear white trousers and
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All Physios Like Cake!

Posted on 16 November 2016 by Maisy Provan

My second day on outpatients in Anuradhapura teaching hospital, Sri Lanka. Today allowed to assess and treat my own patients, with help here and there for translation: I had 3 orthopaedic cases and 2 chests. I carried out my own assessments and treatments, made treatment plans and gave the patients exercises to complete at home and then
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Placement Begins

Posted on 15 November 2016 by Maisy Provan

So today was my first day on placement. Our program manger walked with us to the hospital and showed us where to sign in each day, we then headed over to the superintendents office. He gave us a presentation about the hospital and expectations. In Sri Lanka healthcare is free and provided by the Government
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A Seat with a View

Posted on 19 October 2016 by Anna Ingram

Hi everyone, so I just thought I would do a short post about my favourite places that I like to visit here in Hong Kong, when I am maybe missing home or I just want some peace. As a big lover of impressive skylines, I probably couldn’t be living anywhere better. The first place I
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Losing My ‘Blogging’ Virginity

Posted on 14 October 2016 by Maisy Provan

Hello, My name is Maisy Provan I am a third year Physiotherapy student studying at Cardiff University. This is the beginning of my diary / blog of my time away in Sri Lanka completing a placement as part of my Physiotherapy degree. This is also the first time I will have ever attempted or even written a blog
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A quick summary of 7 weeks in Hong Kong

Posted on 8 October 2016 by Anna Ingram

Hi everyone, my name is Anna and I’m a second year Psychology student currently on a one-semester exchange at the University of Hong Kong. I love to travel and see new places, so when the Psych department at Cardiff said this exchange was available, I was sure I wanted to go for it, and I got a
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Science Fair

Posted on 18 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Today we went to the science fair at Ubon Ratchathani University. We left at around 9.30 and travelled on the school bus with some of my G.12 students. I don’t remember much of it, but my students have now seen how I look when I sleep on a bus. I was still a bit tired
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My First Sick Day

Posted on 16 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

So today I had my G.10 class that I was dreading first thing at 8.30am. It sounds silly to say that I wasn’t looking forward to a class, but it’s true. They can be the least well-behaved out of the students I have, but they also have the most to learn and can be the
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A Tough Day

Posted on 15 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

So today was a difficult day, looking back I think it was mostly my doing though. I had three lessons today and I was still a bit tired from the weekend. This had affected my lesson planning as well, and because the lesson plans weren’t as well thought out, the lessons lagged too. I had
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Nakhonchai Air

Posted on 14 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

We were up at 7am this morning and rushed out by 7.30am (I had just about enough time to clean my teeth) so that Aum could get us on a van to the right bus station in Bangkok before our bus to Ubon Ratchathani left. We got there and there wasn’t a van going straight
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Nakhon Sawan

Posted on 13 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

So we thought we had until at least 8am to get ready to go to the waterfall. But would it really be Thailand without surprises? Instead Aum woke us up at 7am and said that we were leaving soon. So we went and got ready…only to be waiting for another hour. We found out later
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To Aum’s

Posted on 12 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Today I managed to sleep past 8am. It was great. I packed and updated my blog in the morning before we left. I also, however found out that there had been a bomb in the early hours of the morning in Hua Hin. Some of my friends back home had messaged me to make sure
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Mother’s Day

Posted on 11 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Today we had the day of school to hold a ceremony to celebrate mother’s day. If you’re confused about why mothers’ day is in August, it is because in Thailand mothers’ day is on the same day as the queen’s birthday. This is because the Thai people see the queen as the mother of their
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Science!

Posted on 9 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

So today marks about three weeks until we leave for Bangkok. Even though we’re six weeks through the placement, it doesn’t mean that I am any more ready for each day. Thailand still manages to surprise me practically daily. Once example today was my G.10 class, they were about twenty minutes late to their lesson.
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Back to Ubon Ratchathai

Posted on 7 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

This was our one sleep-in today, and somehow my body woke me up at 8am. Which is a sleep-in compared to 6.30am, but still! I would have preferred to sleep a little longer. But it did mean that I could download some episodes of Ugly Duckling for the journey home. I also got to breakfast
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Finally in Khon Kaen

Posted on 6 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

We woke up at 7am and got ready in half an hour. We left the hotel at 7.40am and walked to the bus station which was only a five-minute walk away. Just enough time for the coffee I made in the hotel to cool down. We soon found the queue for tickets to Khon Kaen,
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Leaving for Khon Kaen

Posted on 5 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

I was back to my normal classes today. As much as the younger years are adorable and it was really nice having a Thai speaker leading the lesson, I did slightly miss my own classes. I must have been quite excited to see them again because I woke up around 6am and decided to get
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Ben-less

Posted on 4 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

So today I went from being Aum-less to being Ben-less as well. Our mentor Ben was unfortunately ill today and therefore couldn’t help to translate my lessons. I did however have the principle in my G.11 lesson for the first 5 minutes. He helped to translate an instruction, I’m not entirely if he said the
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Primary School

Posted on 1 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Today marks the official half way through point of the teaching programme. Doesn’t mean we are more adapted to teaching or to the environment. Unfortunately after a weekend of little sleep, we were all a bit under the weather this morning, definitely some more than others. It meant that Kate did her lessons with Hannah
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Byebye Buriram

Posted on 31 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Despite waking up ridiculously early the day before, my body clock decided that it was a great idea to wake me up at 5am again. As much as I was not happy about this arrangement, it did mean that I am now half way through my book (Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
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Thunder Castle

Posted on 30 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

I woke up at 5am this morning so I could shower and make sure I had packed everything. As much as it was a sensible idea, I really wish I had set the alarm half an hour later. We got to the bus station (thanks to Aum calling us a taxi) and waited until our
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Kindergarten

Posted on 29 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

This morning we had cereal for breakfast. I’ve never been a fan of corn flakes and the milk may have tasted different, but it was nice to have something familiar other than toast or pancakes. Although I am loving having pancakes and toast instead of rice. Today I had a few exciting lessons. In my
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Pancakes and Grammar

Posted on 29 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

After the disappointment yesterday, I did not get my hopes up for breakfast this morning. But I needn’t have worried. We had pancakes, as promised, covered in butter with banana and honey and caramel sauce to smother them with. It was great. It was the best start to the day. In my G.11 class today
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Breaking Out of School

Posted on 27 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

My only class today were my G.10s in the morning. They were so late moving from the classroom downstairs to the one I was in upstairs and some didn’t pay attention for parts of the lesson. I ended up just doing the waiting for them to stop talking before I talk because I don’t want
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Ceilidh Dancing

Posted on 26 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Ben was back in school today! He’s still a bit ill and still as busy as ever, so he couldn’t make it to my lessons to translate. He had to sort out papers for the midterms that G.7-12 have next week (Hannah’s and my year groups), so it’s a reasonable excuse. It does also mean
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Central Plaza

Posted on 23 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Today we had a much appreciated lie in, and an endless supply of toast, which was even more appreciated. We also got to play with the dogs before breakfast. Needless say it was a great morning. After getting a taxi to Central Plaza, which Aum had called for us, we met up with Eleanor in
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Aum-less

Posted on 22 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

I’m not sure if the lack of sleep or if I was the Chang the night before was making me feel bad, but I decided to take my berry tea and pug-shaped tea dispenser into school today. According to the others, my pug tea dispenser apparently looks like a pig! Today was our last morning
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Party on a School Night

Posted on 22 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Some of the lessons were quite hard today. It may have been because I had planned them a week ago or that being away on holiday made it hard to settle in again. In my G.10 class today they were learning new vocabulary about the city and the countryside. I drew a mind map with
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Ubon Ratchathani Zoo

Posted on 20 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Today I woke up to find the wifi was working again! It had mysteriously stopped working the night before. It didn’t interrupt anything important like Netflix, just talking to my Dad. For breakfast we had an endless supply of pancakes for breakfast – it was wonderful! I also had them with grapes and I can
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The Candle Festival

Posted on 20 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

I woke up around 3am and couldn’t get back to sleep so I looked up various TEFL courses. Since being in Thailand the idea of teaching abroad after I graduate has become more of a possibility. By the time the others were moving, at 4am, I had looked at a couple of courses and narrowed
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Dragon Flight

Posted on 19 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

We were all awake around 10am but it was too hot to move or do anything that productive just yet. Breakfast was at MeUB&B again, I had the banana and nutella sandwich stack and strawberry this time. It was great, even if they were a little skimpy with the nutella. Our transport for the zip
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Chiang Mai

Posted on 17 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Because we were so crazy and excited to go to Chiang Mai, we booked a 8.20am flight there. This meant waking up at 4.45am to leave at 6am (at the latest). Thankfully I had done most of my packing the night before so I didn’t have much to do, apart from have a frightfully cold
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Damn, Sirindhorn Dam

Posted on 16 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

This Saturday morning we woke up at 6.30am, not because we were going crazy after two weeks in Thailand, but because we were going rafting at 10 at Sirindhorn Dam. I had packed for rafting the night before and managed to put a few clothes aside for Chiang Mai. I managed to leave the room
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Family Day in Ubon

Posted on 15 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

On Sunday I managed to sleep for long enough that the cockerel and the carpenter did not bother me. I was still in my pyjamas when Ma knocked on our door to call us to brunch – thankfully I had a cold shower available to wake me up enough to talk and eat (but not
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Splash!

Posted on 15 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

After staying up late the previous night I was really looking forward to having a long sleep. I would have, if I went to bed at a normal time. But since I stayed up, the noise the carpenter was making from starting work before 9am was not welcome, at all. Regardless it woke me up.
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The Rice Fields

Posted on 15 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

This morning was great. As much as we still had to get up ridiculously early, we did not have to dress for school. Why? Because we were going on a school trip! Today we were going with G.10-12 to plant rice in the principle’s fields. These trips happen often at the school in the upper
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Thursday is Scout Day

Posted on 14 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Every Thursday the students wear their scout or cadet uniforms to school. It’s incredible and everyone looks really smart. Apparently in Thailand scouts is mandatory so you don’t get a non-uniform day if you aren’t a part of a group. That just does not happen. The cadets do a drill whilst the morning assembly takes
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Our Welcome Party

Posted on 13 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Yesterday we were told to prepare a speech for the welcoming ceremony today. So last night after dinner, playing with their dogs (Charlie, Sarah and Milo – who is chunky but funky) and booking our flights to Chang Mai next weekend (we’re going to hug elephants!), we went and practised the speech that Kate had
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Visiting Another School

Posted on 13 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Today we did not have any lessons as we were visiting another school. Another school in Muang Samsip was holding a singing and dancing competition and a small fair with market and food stalls. After sitting through the opening ceremony, where they held a signing for an educational act, we watched some traditional Thai dancers
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English Club

Posted on 12 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Knowing I had to teach first thing unfortunately did not make getting up any easier. It was G.10 at 8.30am and after looking through the textbook I had planned to revise adjectives. But they either had not been taught many before or had forgotten them all. I was planning to do a mind map that
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My First Day Teaching

Posted on 11 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

So having done no planning the previous day, I spent the first two hours of my day panicking about the three classes I had. I managed to put together a plan that I thought was adaptable to all three age groups (grade 10, 11 and 12, which are ages 16-18) and covered the topic of
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My First Day at School

Posted on 11 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Despite that we weren’t teaching on Monday, we still had to get up incredibly early. We went to breakfast at 7.30am to be introduced to the school at their assembly at 8am. It was horrifically early. After a breakfast of rice we went to the assembly and watched the students that were late sprinted across the
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English Quiz

Posted on 11 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Today we did not get pancakes. It was incredibly disappointing during the early morning after a weekend of relaxing. We did get fried egg and rice though, so it wasn’t a bad consolation prize. My only lesson today was with G.12 and all we did was play games. It was great. We began with hot
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The Day of Rest in Ubon

Posted on 10 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Sleeping in until 8am the next day was blissful. With breakfast being at 9am we didn’t need to be up too early. At breakfast we were all offered tea or coffee, and I being a tea lover, chose the tea. I was however Chinese tea. But even if it was not my preferred choice, it
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Travelling to the Kingdom of Thailand

Posted on 8 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

What’s so great about getting up at 3.30 am on a Wednesday in June? No, it was not the fabulous sunrise. Nor was it baked beans on toast with a mountain of cheese. I, Samantha Edgson, had decided to spend my summer holiday in Thailand. And naturally an early flight that meant getting up at
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Sara Rahmen standing on a cliff near the ocean.

No thinking, no boundaries, all heart.

Posted on 29 February 2016 by Sara Rahman

In the the last year I travelled to 11 countries, and 8 of those were in Asia. I visited Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. Asia, it’s a crazy place I tell you. Each country I visited in Asia brought something new to the table, every culture was so different and
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Some advice.

Posted on 21 February 2016 by Sara Rahman

After 4 months of studying abroad, 5 and a half weeks of backpacking, and 4 weeks of settling back into Welsh living, I’m back in Cardiff to tell you about my experience away. I still remember it like it was yesterday, walking through the different coloured zones in City University Academic 1 building, everything seemed
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We’re not in Kowloon anymore..

Posted on 19 September 2015 by Sara Rahman

So it has been over 3 weeks since I landed in Hong Kong and I’m not even sure where I should begin? My arrival to Hong Kong was pretty surreal as the airport is located on Hong Kong Island and City University Hong Kong is located in Kowloon. The whole bus journey from the island
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Paris before Hong Kong

Posted on 18 August 2015 by Sara Rahman

My name is Sara Rahman and I am a student going into my third year of University. Within my third year of university I will be studying Philosophy at City University Hong Kong. I officially leave for Hong Kong in under one week and if I’m honest the last few weeks have been really stressful.
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My Summer Adventure in China

Posted on 21 August 2014 by Olivia Witt

Hello, my name is Olivia and I spent 4 weeks in China this summer completing a Chinese language course at the prestigious Xiamen University. Xiamen is in the south of China as is said to be one of the most beautiful places to live in China which could be largely down to its lovely stretch
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Summer School at Xiamen University

Posted on 18 August 2014 by Lowri Allen

Spending my summer studying in China has been a fantastic opportunity, the China university experience is very different to that of the UK but is equally enjoyable.  My course at Xiamen University, in the Fujian province of South East China, focused on learning Mandarin with classes on the Chinese economy, culture and business in the
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The bright lights of Hong Kong

Posted on 13 August 2014 by Lara Bridge

After a 30 hour journey and several flight delays, we finally arrived in Hong Kong. The first shock occurred as we stepped out of the cool air conditioned airport, and into the hot and humid weather. The sweating had begun. Something you have to get used to in China. After our failed attempt to acclimatise,
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Exploring Gulangyu Island

Posted on 28 July 2014 by Vanessa Yau

Travelling in China is always an experience and today’s trip to Gulangyu Island was no exception. If you’ve never travelled in a densely populated city before, you’re in for a surprise. In order to get to the island we had to get 2 buses and a ferry all of which were absolutely packed. Imagine a
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Arriving at Xiamen University

Posted on 28 July 2014 by Vanessa Yau

NI men hao! (Hello!) it’s the end of my first school week here at the Overseas college in Xiamen and I’m well on my way to settling in. I arrived in Xiamen on 29th June from Hong Kong where the climate is almost identical to Xiamen (but there is more air-con and a lot less
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