It’s finally springtime in London. Joggers and dog walkers are multiplying; people walk down the pavement with sunglasses and smiling faces. This morning I am sitting at a desk in the new house I recently moved to, with the green spines of my flatmate’s aloe vera plant snaking towards my laptop screen. I am writing – more […]
It’s finally springtime in London. Joggers and dog walkers are multiplying; people walk down the ...
“The coffee is different in Campania…” Marianna winces slightly as she sips her espresso. I’m ...
“Ooh, look! A partridge!” “… A pheasant, you mean?” Gill looked at me quizzically from ...
Men scurry along either side of the barrier which divides the congested highway in two. They carry ...
Arriving in Santiago didn’t feel the way I expected. The Spaniards I had been walking with ...
In the summer of 2007 I travelled to Syria. Our group were on a trip around ...
“Are there any good pubs in Whitstable?” The train conductor mutters something indecipherable as he ...
“I’m going to teach English in Ecuador!” This gleeful announcement was made to my dad ...
“The coffee is different in Campania…” Marianna winces slightly as she sips her espresso. I’m sitting around a cluster of narrow wooden tables with a group of Italians, all who hail from different regions of Italy – and all of whom seem very concentrated on the coffee cups in front of them. They’ve spent the […]
“Ooh, look! A partridge!” “… A pheasant, you mean?” Gill looked at me quizzically from the driver’s seat. On the grassy kerb beside my window, the long-tail-feathered bird twitched his bright red head once, twice, and hopped ungainly into the bushes to disappear from view. “You really are a city girl, aren’t you!” She said, […]
Men scurry along either side of the barrier which divides the congested highway in two. They carry paper-covered boxes of snacks to sell to car drivers through their windows: small biscuits, wafers, hot peanuts. Boys with stacks of newspapers pass women wearing tracksuits and pushing supermarket trolleys, who yawn as they delve inside their bumbags filled with loose change. The […]
Arriving in Santiago didn’t feel the way I expected. The Spaniards I had been walking with for the last seven days had tears in their eyes as we walked through the city’s winding streets and emerged in the central plaza. The famous cathedral towered above us, its facade draped in netting and scaffolds. My friends began […]
In the summer of 2007 I travelled to Syria. Our group were on a trip around the Middle East when we crossed over the Jordanian border to arrive in the ancient walled city of Damascus. A collection of women from England, Australia, Canada and the US, we walked past palm trees and half ruined architecture above multi-coloured parasols. My […]
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?
March: Tuscany, Italy.
May - June: Travelling in Scotland, Norway and In the ARCTIC CIRCLE!!
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- 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
- Five Things to Know Before Travelling to Bolivia January 2, 2014
- Thoughts From the Window Seat April 14, 2016
- A Whirlwind 24 Hours with Ten Italians in Medieval Tuscany April 1, 2016
- A Burst of Birds in the British Countryside March 24, 2016
- The Spanish Challenge: a Surprise Return to Paracas, Peru March 11, 2016
- The Day I Walked to the End of the World March 3, 2016
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