“Hanoi Hanoi”

The centre of Hanoi is a lake ❤️ • • • • • #vietnam #hanoi #culture #travel #citycentre #citygirl #travelling #holiday #myadventure #niamhsadventure #adventure #seetheworld #experiencetheworld #trynewthings #asia #islands #globetrotter #instaphoto #instapic #wanderlust #scenic #escapetheworld #backpacker #backpackingaroundtheworld #livetotravel #travelfriends #meetingnewpeople A post shared by Niamh (@athletejourno) on Feb 1, 2017 at 4:09am PST When I…

All part of the experience

Experiencing Asia will leave a mark on you forever. That was the conclusion I came to after drawing a mental image from researching and hearing stories from fellow travellers, and so it has. There are some things you cannot unsee, and there are others you may never have the opportunity to see again. Asia is…

Bizarre days are the best travelling days

English rain. Is it called that because it follows English people all around the world? Rain was never something I associated Thailand with, at least not the typical British fat, sideways, soaked-to-your-skin rain, which had me ringing out my t-shirt and wiping the end of my nose. But it brought a smile and a sense…

Why would you ever want to leave Europe? 

Here’s a question for a British citizen: “When was the last time you visited another European country on the continent?” Because I can hedge my bets on if the answer is: “in the last year or so” one may have been more likely to have voted “remain” in the EU referendum. As a pro-European, I…

And so the adventure begins…

  Travelling is (so far) an experience I feel like I have done before. Perhaps it is familiar from the expedition around Romania and Bulgaria I did back in 2012; that was a proper experience of travelling: communicating with new people, completing the project and challenges we were set as a team, and trying not…

Concrete means investment

The Bay Gateway: the new road connecting Heysham port and power station to the M6, as well as links to the city centre and surrounding areas. Opening in October 2016, the road took over 72 weeks to build. Acquiring land, and applying for licenses to remove animal habitats was the hardest part of the project…

Travelling, there is a world outside of your box

There has been a long list of countries to visit and visit again on my bucket list. After graduation I had a hierarchy of things I wanted to achieve within the next five years. In no particular order these are: go travelling, study for a masters, buy a house, and get a good job on…

Internet dating: my final word

My final word on internet dating is that for those who do it, it has turned us into shallow human beings. Using apps where you can scroll left or right if someones photo is flattering enough without even knowing their name or where they come from. Many of times when I scrolled through the “meet…

Just don’t do it: part four

After all of the spectacular chat-up lines, comments on my body and the disturbing things some blokes say they would like to do to it, as well as thanking me for having a profile on Plenty of Fish and allowing them to send a message–what even?–I decided to remove myself from the internet dating world and try things…

Cyclists will never win the collision war

Me and Susie at the top of a 7,200ft climb. ☺️ #nofilter #cycling #canaries #grancanaria #training #triathlon #valley #hills #stravaproveit #globetrotter #travellife #livetotravel #island #paradise #adventure #holiday #lonetravelling #ocean #adventure #instapic #instaphoto #experiencetheworld #gowhereyoufeelthemostalive #sea #totravelistolive #lonelyplanet #timeisthebesthealer #timeless #roadcycling #mountains #trainingabroad A post shared by Niamh (@athletejourno) on Jun 16, 2016 at 1:02pm PDT…

Bad dates make the good ones look good: part three

At this point, aside from being amused by some ridiculous yet entertaining chat up lines, I’ve been on dates with three guys from Plenty of Fish. The first date was terrible, although on reflection it probably wasn’t a good idea anyway. The sort of date when you know it is going to be bad but…

Searching for patience and humour: part two

Dating is a huge learning curve. Especially internet dating. After a while you have an eye out for the freaks. The ones who have little more than a few brain cells and stand you up for “banter” (I speak from other people’s experiences), and the ones who have an extremely good-looking profile picture, but don’t seem…

What makes our greatest athletes?

Where does the grit come from at the very beginning of an athletes career? The grit which is the very reason they have won a gold medal at the Olympics, became a world champion, and won the yellow jersey. The same grit, that shoehorned them into the sport, to put their focus into something positive. Channel…

Everything happens for a reason: what’s the reason?

Week five of having a broken foot. I got in my car for the first time today in 33 days. Despite everybody telling me not to drive, I just wanted to see if it was painful or not, and to have some sort of grasp of ‘normal’ life before the injury. I only drove to…

The dark side of athlete injury

Day 25 of having a broken foot. I wondered how long it would take for me to feel like this. Personally, I thought it would happen sooner, so I’m impressed I made it this far, that’s a sign of improvement, right? But this is where I feel it all spiralling downhill… All athletes go through…

Education cycle comes full circle

I write this on final submissions day: 18 May 2016. One of the most important days of the year. The day when officially my university friends and I begin the transition from students to graduates. Graduation isn’t for two months and one day yet… but as from today there will be no more studying, essays,…

Lakes in a Day

Fell and ultra running as we know it. Lakes in a Day is a 50 mile ultra marathon from Caldbeck in North Cumbria to Cartmel in South Cumbria. The route requires running up and traversing across the ridges of the famous lakeland fells before beginning the final leg of the race down the side of Windermere. With…