Seven years ago today I landed at Heathrow airport after four and a half months in the Malaysian part of Borneo.
It was the first time I had left Europe (and in fact I had only previously visited France and Germany), so it was a huge experience in my life. When I got back I wrote an article for gapyear.com called ‘Life in the Jungle’, which you can read here. I also created my first website (using angelfire – that takes me back!), which my mum updated with my letters from the jungle. It still exists and tells me that it has been 2556 days since I got back from Borneo! Unfortunately, the photo links don’t work any more, so I’ve shared a selection of them below.
Since I returned from my Trekforce expedition I have become much better travelled and have lived in France (twice), Paraguay and the Czech Republic for anywhere from two months to three years. I’ve also become a full-time EFL teacher, with Malaysia being my tester. The expedition gave me the confidence to live in unusual circumstances, and comes in very useful in job interviews (I directly attribute my job in Paraguay to my time in Borneo). It was an amazing experience, and one which will stay with me for the rest of my life.