Tuesday, 6 February 2018


*Not my picture: Starry Sky by artist Wenzel Hablik*
Three friends are lying down together in a peaceful, undisturbed field at midnight overlooking the last lights lit within a small, Slovakian settlement below. Mystical mountains stand tall in front, their bright, white peaks illuminated by moonlight and behind, nocturnal beasts are awakening beneath the forest’s dark green pelage. Above, the sky is sprinkled with infinite mystery and phenomenon and the silhouette of the Milky Way is so apparent, you really feel a part of everything and everything a part of you. As we lay side by side looking above and beyond, embracing this mutual understanding of unspoken oneness, we begin to appreciate every past moment, which has led us to this exact moment.

I think of the memories that we have shared together this past summer, volunteering at a Slavic-style, wooden hostel with the High-Tatra mountains on our door-step. I think of the many friends I have made, the sounds of laughter and of freedom and independence. As I slowly fall into the state of non-thought, silence and total awareness, I am fully relaxed and in complete unity with the two other beings beside me. I close my eyes, caressing the cool grass between my finger tips. I feel hollow somehow, yet full of love and elation.

As I float further along a stream of consciousness, almost on the pinnacle of euphoria, my eyes are suddenly open. I am abruptly awoken by a powerful and heavy tremor ascending towards me, a force that I have never felt nor heard before. I freeze, unable to move. Its ferocious and predatory footsteps echo through the solid surface beneath me, like ripples in water. Carolyne begins to shout, “Get back!” Instinct snaps me out of my petrification and simultaneously, Jack and I rise together without thought. Adrenaline immediately consumes me and we too begin to shout words of protection and authority. My heart is filled with the rawest emotion I have ever felt, the purest of fear. My body is overflowing with primitive power, I am no longer scared.

The path back down

He stops. He is now afraid of us.

The three of us retreat, still bellowing together like the true animals we are. Realising that our collective cries have prevailed and we are no longer in danger, we take this moment to run as fast as we can, as if our lives depend on every step we take.

We reach the bottom of the field and are grounded by the safe, concrete floor of Ždiar. Completely speechless and too stimulated to stand still, we carry on walking, each of us taking it in turns to look behind. He is no longer in sight and we are no longer consumed by fear…
The field in Zdiar, the morning after.

Three friends are walking together along a silent road. Late night dog walkers casually greet us, completely unaware of what has just happened. We sit on a curb, all of us lost for words. I look to Jack and then to Carolyne. We begin to laugh and process the past ten minutes, as well as the irony of it all.

As the last few drops of adrenaline leave my body, I am now back in the realm of thought with only one thing left to say…

“Periods really do attract bears, don’t they?”


Sunday, 21 January 2018


Rocking the streets in Amsterdam, August 2017 - Picture taken by Jessie Curry
Many people think that travel and fashion cannot go hand in hand. Some say that you have to choose comfort over style whilst travelling, but why can't you do both? You can easily stay stylish whilst travelling and daub your Instagram feed with fierce photos if you follow these 5 simple tips.

Clothes - So you want to look like one of them girls in music videos whilst walking along the beach? Well, all you need is a flattering floral dress or playsuit and a cute pair of sunglasses. It may feel tempting to let the wind play with your hair but instead, why not opt for a messy bun or ponytail? You can kill two birds with one stone by looking chic and saving your hair from sun damage at the same time.
If you are packing for winter however, wear a trench coat with skinny jeans and pair with knee-length boots. If the weather is going to be warm, dig out your ankle boots or printed pumps. Pack light dresses and t-shirts that are wrinkle-free and will more importantly, dry quickly.

Accessories - Minimalism is the way to do it right my fellow travellers. If you think accessorising with tones of jewellery will help you to look more stylish whilst you travel then you are wrong. Ever heard of that saying, "Less is more." Do not carry all those fancy earrings you own. Instead, choose pieces of jewellery that can go with multiple outfits and won't weigh your backpack down. A simple pendant and a trendy watch or bracelet can do wonders. Leave those statement necklaces behind and save room for those unique pieces that you might find along the way!

Makeup Kit - Always remember the first two rules of choosing travel-friendly makeup; do not carry anything powdery or products that can be ruined after heat exposure. If you are using a vacation planner then you will know whether your destination is going to be warm or not. Instead, focus on having a classic red lipstick (that can be used as a blush as well), a brown eyebrow/eyeliner pencil, moisturiser, lip balm and a bit of concealer. These things are more than enough to make you look sassy. Forget the foundation and mascara and save room for your eye lash curlers instead.

Scarf - If jewellery is not your thing then a scarf is your go-to accessory. You do not need a designer scarf to make your outfit look fancy. Instead, chose abstract prints, vibrant colours and soft, flowing fabrics. You can even consider packing a few different scarves, as they do not take up much space and will also keep you warm if you are travelling to some place cold. You can brighten-up any basic outfit with a scarf, which can also double up as a sarong or beach towel.

Handbags - We all know that a clutch looks great when you are going 'out-out' but carrying a small, tan backpack or a fringe shoulder bag will make you look fashionable but feel chilled. Do not forget to choose a bag with many pockets and zips. Everything from your phone, sunglasses and water bottle to your journal, passport and cash should easily fit in to your bag. It will also reduce the chances of losing anything and of course, you already know how stylish it looks.

Finally, do not forget to do your research about the place you are visiting and check the weather forecast in advance. There is nothing more disappointing than packing your favourite dress and not being able to wear it because it's 0-degree's outside. From personal experiences of living out of a backpack or a van, my final tip to you guys is... Keep it simple and stay natural.

So go, pack your bags and rule the world (or at least the place you are visiting) with your own personal style.

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