Why I will Never Ride an Elephant… Again

Riding elephants is one the most popular tourist activities in Asia but are you aware of the inhumane conditions they are kept in, the horrific way that are treated or how painful it is for them?

I can’t, however, begin to write a post preaching about the treatment of elephants within the tourist industry and the reasons you should never ride one without first addressing the fact that I have done it myself.

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Newsrewired: November 2017

At the end of November, my colleague Andrew and I attended Newsrewired – a digital journalism conference hosted by journalism.co.uk at Reuters in Canary Wharf.

On the first of two days we watched as speakers from a variety of publications took to the stage to discuss various aspects of digital journalism – from storytelling for mobile to immersive video. This was then followed by an (optional) day of training.

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Looking back on 2017

Photo by NordWood Themes on Unsplash

I’ve felt a bit disheartened this year. Perhaps because I have celebrated the last birthday in my 20s with the realisation that I haven’t achieved all the things I would have liked to by now.

For me, life has sped up in places I didn’t expect it to and slowed down in those areas I thought should and would have progressed by now.

Of course 30 is just a number and nothing is really going to change on the day, I’m aware of that – but we can’t help but have aspirations marked by milestones.

That being said, it is a new year – a time, symbolically, for fresh starts and I still have 6 months until the big 3-0.

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Christmas in Edinburgh

I’ve never missed a plane before and after six hours in Heathrow airport I don’t think I ever will again.

It was the first weekend of December and one of my besties and I had decided to kick off the Christmas celebrations in style with a trip to Edinburgh.

We were heading to the Christmas markets which we had heard very good things about (it was revealed as the UK’s favourite this year!) but also to explore Scotland’s capital city having never been before.

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Exploring Family History in Sligo

Have you ever watched the show Long Lost Family? Well, recently it has felt like we are on it, except for the fact that Davina McCall hasn’t been there to introduce us.

Over the last couple of years our family, on my dad’s side, has grown significantly. Unfortunately we never got to know our grandparents and therefore had lost touch with any extended family, until now.

It all started last year when we went to Cork to meet his mum’s side of the family and continued this year meeting his dad’s family in Sligo.

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