High up in the Rif mountains of Morocco, past a succession of hairpin bends and steep cliffs dropping down to nothingness, is a town that’s entirely blue. The reasons that led the community of Chefchaouen to paint every one of their buildings in the same colour aren’t entirely known for sure: some say it’s to hold back invading mosquitos, while […]
High up in the Rif mountains of Morocco, past a succession of hairpin bends and steep ...
I was nervous. Standing awkwardly on a patch of sloping mud below a grassy sand ...
There is French dirt from the Calais camps coating my clothes. Dust from the warehouse blurring ...
They say the Camino brings out the best in people. I didn’t believe them at first, ...
Imagine a city covered in snow. It sits on ladders and lamp posts, railings and rooftops, car ...
“You always start with the senses.” I try my best to suffocate the sound of my ...
When I was eight years old, I got locked inside a toilet cubicle in a ...
“I follow the arrows, and when my feet hurt, I stop. What more do I ...
I was nervous. Standing awkwardly on a patch of sloping mud below a grassy sand dune, I stared down at my hefty walking boots half covered by waterproof trousers. Opposite me stood dozens of men in a quiet line, many of their faces turned to me with vague interest. I had no idea what I […]
There is French dirt from the Calais camps coating my clothes. Dust from the warehouse blurring the lenses of my glasses. The cracks in my hands are sore and dried out, and each finger has too many smudges of permanent marker to count. In seven days, I’ve become obsessed with packing cardboard boxes full of donated […]
They say the Camino brings out the best in people. I didn’t believe them at first, but it’s true. Becoming a pilgrim means talking to, befriending and helping out others just for the sake of it. Walking the Camino turns individual people from strangers into a community – and a special one, at that. Where else would you […]
Imagine a city covered in snow. It sits on ladders and lamp posts, railings and rooftops, car windscreens and tree branches: inches thick, untouched and pure white. The snow quietens the streets. Vehicles are notably absent, leaving vast stretches of open tarmac. People walk more slowly to avoid slipping on the ice; their bodies get closer together, […]
“You always start with the senses.” I try my best to suffocate the sound of my growling stomach. There’s a Marks and Spencers sandwich hiding in my bag, but I don’t want to grab for it and noisily interrupt the English author who’s sitting opposite me at the front of a tiny gallery space. It’s a […]
Who is Flora The Explorer?
I’m Flora, a freelance writer, traveller and avid volunteer with an obsession for hunting out the weirdnesses of the world.
Over the last seven years I've lived in Florence & San Francisco, worked in India & Iceland, volunteered in Nepal & Lithuania, and more recently spent eighteen months attempting to become fluent in Spanish while journeying around South America. After stints as as a Colombian journalist, a Bolivian artificial limb maker and a Brazilian builder, I’ve come back to London for my Masters degree - and to plan my next adventure.
My vague aim is to visit every continent twice before I turn thirty one – and explore as much of the world as possible in the meantime! Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Where Am I?
January: Volunteering at the refugee camps in Calais, France.
May: In the ARCTIC!!
- Sexism and Machismo: the Attitude to Women in Latin America October 23, 2014
- Happy, Safe and Solo: Travelling in India by Yourself February 7, 2013
- Am I Incapable of Learning Spanish? January 23, 2013
- Six Days for $900: Doing the Galapagos on a Budget June 21, 2013
- El Camino de Santiago: I’m Walking ‘The Way’ Across Spain January 8, 2015
- A Case of the Chefchaouen Blues February 4, 2016
- The Refugee Crisis: Why Come to the Calais Camps? January 21, 2016
- The Refugee Crisis: Volunteering in the Calais Warehouse January 14, 2016
- Kindness and Community on the Camino January 7, 2016
- A Romanian New Year’s Eve in Bucharest December 27, 2015
- rona barton: So leave-me-alone tourists will do rather well.......
- mike55447: what a beautiful photos of this Cross Hill. There ...
- leigh423: What a photogenic village! Although I don't even...
- Anne: Love your story! How do you sign up to be a volu...
- Shannon Kircher: Prepping to enjoy this journey in September! Thank...
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