Travelling Welshman
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  • Blog,  China

    A New Adventure Awaits

    So, what’s the next adventure? The last 3+ months of travel (almost exactly a year ago) has started a fire to say the least. Well and truly infected with the travel bug. Despite the last tour coming to an abrupt…

  • Blog,  Indonesia

    Jakarta

    The bus slowly rolled through the hills towards Jakarta from Cianjur, where it had reached night as I was dropped off on the outskirts of the capital. Jakarta would be my last stop, an enormous capital; population 40 million. I…

  • Blog,  Indonesia

    Java (Part 3)

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  • Blog,  Indonesia

    Java (Part 2)

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  • Blog,  Indonesia

    Java (Part 1)

      [visual-link-preview encoded=”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″] Java would be completely different to the rest of my trip. Rather than being strictly a backpacking trip, it would be spent volunteering. An entire month was spent on the island volunteering across the country, exceeding all…