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Where to begin?

I feel like I’m under the best mountain of memories…

This is a good place to be. I’m just finding my way back from a month of living very differently.

Being away and disrupting regular patterns is amazing.

Seeing new parts of the world is amazing.

The whole experience was… yes, amazing.

And I have a ton of material – photos and footage to tell some of the stories…

But how do I begin?

I’m trusting it will unfold as its meant too… that it will surprise me, just like parts of this experience have.

I figure I will probably start slowly, with mini stories… Sharing moments I want to remember. There will be time capsules films… I have enough footage, just a little fear is creeping in of how to start to cull through it.

Can I summarise? Just to give a flavour and set the scene… and get the ball rolling of re-living this dream.

There was Bali… A wonderful introduction to our adventure, a familiar place, full of family (Luke’s sister & brother have families there) we soaked up the heat, adjusted our body clocks, Cosmo learnt to swim underwater, Ky rode at the front of a boat, they snorkelled for the first time ever. We woke early each day and watched many sunrises… there were also two birthday celebrations – mine and Lukes – we were spoilt… it was lovely.

The colours of Bali sparked so much…. the richness and creativity in every direction filled me up… if our adventure had stopped there, it would have been enough… but thankfully it wasn’t over… it was just the beginning.

There was Cambodia. This was the BIG adventure. New discoveries, constantly on the move exploring new places. Our longtime friend Jake, shared his favourite spots away from the tourists traps and this gave us a special perspective of a country coming out of such tragic times.

I loved it there, reminded me of travelling back in my younger days. Full of unspoilt scenery, rawness… real life so very different from ours, a lot of emotion and stimulation for all the senses. It was a whirlwind, the best kind, where your days are so full of experiences, that each day feels like a week.

There were boat trips, beach trips, city trips, motorbike trips, canoe trips, jungle trips, temple trips… and so much more…

Cambodia blew my mind.

Then our final chapter, back to the island we lived on for two years in Thailand. Going back to see what had changed. Surprisingly, so much was the same, familiar places and faces at every turn. But there were also differences…

Standing in our old house (which is now a shop), was a real moment. A rush of emotion of a life we once had… the tiled floor Ky used to crawl upon, the stairs he learnt to walk up, the grass he used to run on… Was now a boutique, selling bowls and beaded bits. I cried, then I also let go. This was good.

We had good times catching up with friends, the boys found a whole new gang of children to hang with and ate plenty of crepes. We had the most amazing day for Thai New Year.

Yet, I hardly picked up my camera, inspiration left me… the rain, continuous storms and lack of light were getting to me.

I struggled for a few days with this feeling, thinking I was wasting this opportunity, and what kind of artist am I to not be inspired here of all places. I sulked… then I worked through it and accepted perhaps this was how it was meant to be. It doesn’t always have to be about photo making and shooting, sometimes you just need to be. To be me. To recharge. To be with those you love, and just BE. Play cards, watch films, sit in cafes, and do very little. So that’s what I did… made memories in a different way.

We have so many memories now, real stories to share with together and with others, for years to come. The boys have opened their eyes to some amazing wonders, made new friends and discovered what great travellers they are…

We were spoilt beyond measure, filled up to the brim with goodness. Lived a different life for a little while. I’m forever grateful for this time in our lives, everything slotted into place and many personal dreams were achieved.

This was the right time, in the right places to open our eyes to see how far we’ve come and the possibilities of what’s next.

This is just the beginning of my stories of our big hopeful adventure… there’s plenty more to come… Stay tuned.




  • Michelle
    Posted at 21:37h, 03 May Reply

    Just stunning. You have a lovely way with words too x

  • Tina
    Posted at 15:20h, 28 April Reply

    Wow! So beautiful…the scenery and your thoughts. I can’t wait to see more 🙂

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  • Christina
    Posted at 01:41h, 26 April Reply

    what beautiful pictures and accompaniment with words. i look forward to whats to come.

  • Jamie
    Posted at 04:48h, 25 April Reply

    wonderful post. I traveled to Thailand and the Philippines earlier this year for a month and know those feelings… so glad you captured your adventure but gave yourself time to recharge too.

  • Debra Cowie
    Posted at 20:29h, 24 April Reply

    So fantastic Xanthe. I’m sorry I missed seeing you while I was in London but I was loving your Instagrams from the other side of the world. Can’t wait to see how the telling of the story unfolds. xo

  • Julia Goss
    Posted at 19:11h, 24 April Reply

    oh so amazing, i went many, many years ago with my parents. I was little, yet I will never ever forget that experience and also hope i can share it with my family one day…can;t wait to see and hear more about your days there!!!!

  • mosey along
    Posted at 18:33h, 24 April Reply

    A dream of a trip, with all the ups and downs that such trips comprise. Beautiful beautiful remembrances and photos, Xanthe. Look forward to hearing and seeing more as the cull begins. xx

  • anneberit
    Posted at 17:42h, 24 April Reply

    Loved following you instagram feed while you were there and look forward to read/see more of the stories. What an adventure!

  • Gitanjali
    Posted at 15:58h, 24 April Reply

    Sigh.. Such beautiful memories. Can’t wait to see the rest! Thanks for sharing Xanthe!

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