Kate B - Original Traveller

Kate Bloomer

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My travels

Travel Things I Want To Do Before I Die

  • Get to the Amazon rainforest to see the extraordinary jungle and biodiversity… and a scarlet macaw in its natural habitat.
  • Learn to surf in Mexico - my brother-in-law has been urging me to do this since I was 16!
  • Visit Yemen - I would love to see the beautiful Arabian city of Sanaa and then fly to Socotra, an island off the coast where a third of the plant life is found nowhere else on the planet.
  • See the three beautiful madrasahs of The Registan in Samarkand - a dream since an Islamic architecture class in university.
  • Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia are still on my bucket list!!

Best Moments

  • Flying in on the overnight flight from London to Istanbul and driving over the Galata Bridge at sunrise; the light coming up over of the Old City mosques, Topkapi Palace and Galata tower give the impression you've gone back to the city's Golden Age
  • Seeing the Sahara Desert for the first time, from the Siwa Oasis in Egypt - the unending stretches of sand make you feel so tiny
  • Getting up-close and personal with a baby gorilla in the Bwindi National Park in Uganda, he was such a show-off!
  • A romantic getaway to the Castello di Vicarello in Tuscany. Somehow, we had the whole hotel to ourselves and were treated like royalty. Perfect weather, extraordinary food, beautiful views of the Tuscan countryside, and unparalleled service.

Toughest Travel Moment

  • On my first solo trip at 17, a Eurail journey starting in Rome, I enthusiastically jumped on my EasyJet flight only to find I'd left my wallet behind at home! I had to beg, borrow… and call my parents to wire me enough money to survive until my wallet arrived by post two days later. That afternoon, it was pickpocketed out of my bag at Rome Termini train station just before I got on the overnight train to Vienna and once again, I found myself without a penny to my name. It was only when my camera and phone were stolen from my shared hostel room in Prague that I decided to call it quits and head home. Luckily, it didn't put me off solo travel and it's all been uphill from there…!!!

Weirdest Travel Moment

  • Unintentionally finding myself a guest of honour at a wedding of a man and woman never met in Gujarat, India. Bedecked a borrowed sari and a hundred sparkling bracelets, covered from hand to foot in henna, included in all the colourful ceremonies, and strategically placed in photos as the token blonde!

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