Guest Blog: Headscarves & Good Yarns

My name is Amal Abdullahi and I’m just your average Kiwi gal. Except that I’m from Somalia and I’m also a Muslim so that has presented some interesting challenges for me to overcome living in Aotearoa.


How To Backpack 101

Over time, I've gotten a lot of questions like "how do you do it?" I think what they mean is that I'm a petite, ethnic female solo traveling around the world, sometimes not in the safest parts either... It sounds more overwhelming than it really is, and you get the hang of it really quickly.... Continue Reading →

What I Learned from Former Refugees

如果你想要一小时的幸福感,那就去打盹。如果你想要一天的幸福感,那就去钓鱼。如果你想要一年的幸福感,那就继承财富。如果你想要一辈子的幸福感,那就去帮助别人吧 This is one of my favorite Chinese proverbs. It reads, "If you want happiness for an hour – take a nap. If you want happiness for a day – go fishing. If you want happiness for a year – inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime – help someone else." Photo courtesy of David Chan If you know me... Continue Reading →

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