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6 Weeks of Backpacker Fitness: A few observations

6 Weeks of Backpacker Fitness: A few observations

If you read my latest postcard, you’ll be well aware that I spent a large proportion of my time in Laos sick, in bed. During this time, I was, quite understandably, not contributing to my Travel Fitness Workout Log. I had a good couple of weeks away from the gym, to allow myself to get back to normal.

Instead, I started writing this observation post. I’m not talking bodily observations as such. I certainly can’t remember the last time I stepped on a pair of scales. It’s just a few things I’ve noticed about my routine, attitude and fitness levels since leaving London.

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A Postcard from Laos (the disaster that was)

A Postcard from Laos (the disaster that was)

Oh, Laos. Laos Laos Laos. Where do I begin? It was supposed to be such a beautiful romance. You know- all playing hide and seek in the waterfalls, stunning views from flower covered hilltops, charming market stalls and boats down the river. That sort of thing.

It was not.

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Travel Fitness Log: Workout #7 (Chiangmai)

Travel Fitness Log: Workout #7 (Chiangmai)

It was in Chiangmai that I ventured into an actual gym for the first time since leaving London. By which I mean, a building whose sole purpose was fitness. Aka, not a crappy hotel ‘gym’, not a swimming pool, and not just a space in-between some trees to hang a TRX and do some ab exercises.

I stumbled across Miss Fitness Chiangmai on one of my aimless wanders around the town. I was craving a good workout- 16 hours on a train had left me in a bizarre state of lethargic restlessness. If I hadn’t been wearing completely inappropriate workout attire, I would have gone in there and then. Instead, flip-flopping home, I resolved try it out the following day.

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A Postcard from Laos (the disaster that was)

A Postcard from Laos (the disaster that was)

Oh, Laos. Laos Laos Laos. Where do I begin? It was supposed to be such a beautiful romance. You know- all playing hide and seek in the waterfalls, stunning views from flower covered hilltops, charming market stalls and boats down the river. That sort of […]

A Postcard from Chiangmai (and my very first sleeper train!)

A Postcard from Chiangmai (and my very first sleeper train!)

I LOVED CHIANGMAI. I’m writing this a little while after I normally write my postcards, and looking back that’s definitely the thing that springs to mind. I just loved it. Cheap, friendly, safe and beautiful. I don’t know exactly what I expected, but this quaint […]

A Postcard from Bangkok

A Postcard from Bangkok

After a week by the beach and in little mountain villages, Bangkok was a bit of a culture shock. The hustle and bustle, the skyscrapers and the high tech public transport was far away from the tuk-tuk filled roads of Sri Lanka. Even the fact […]

A Postcard From Sri Lanka Part 2: Tissamaharema, Ella & Colombo

A Postcard From Sri Lanka Part 2: Tissamaharema, Ella & Colombo

You know those moments that are so surreal, you don’t know whether to believe they’re actually happening? This is one of those moments. I’m writing this sitting in the back of a tuk tuk. I’ve got Tom on one side, who is falling asleep in […]

A Postcard From Sri Lanka Part 1: Adam’s Peak, Unawatuna & Galle

A Postcard From Sri Lanka Part 1: Adam’s Peak, Unawatuna & Galle

I realise that I’ll probably say this about a lot of the countries that I’m going to over the course of the next year or so- but I have completely fallen in love with Sri Lanka. The moment in we set off in our car […]