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Welcome to Paper Crane Stories – thanks for stopping by! I’m a Brit living in California, married to an American and always planning our next adventure. I’m a serial expat (I’ve lived in 5 countries) who loves to travel, eat, create and write. Read more on my about page.


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Laguna De Apoyo

Laguna de Apoyo: Nicaragua’s Beautiful And Clean Swimming Hole

Clear warm waters. Beach side beers. Lush green views. Laguna de Apoyo, a freshwater crater…

Packing For Nicaragua

Nicaragua Packing List + Giveaway

Today I’m sharing my Nicaragua Packing List and a special giveaway! I love reading packing…

Leon Cathedral Domes Nicaragua

Loving and Loathing Leon

“Wow, Leon is a bit different to Granada, eh?” I messaged Justin via Whatsap after…

Granada Cathedral Nicaragua

Granada: The Prettiest Town In Nicaragua

I can hardly believe my three weeks in Nicaragua are over. It was a trip…

Nusa Lembongan Seaweed boats

Nusa Lembongan: Dreaming of Sun, Sea and Scuba

Greetings! Though this post is about Indonesia I’m actually writing from Nicaragua! I arrived here…

Shamian Island Guangzhou China

Lost Archives: Guangzhou’s Shamian Island

Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2016 has got off to a great start. Justin…

Great wall of China hiking- wild part

Walking The Wild Great Wall

Visiting the Great Wall of China is a must for anyone travelling to Beijing. But…

Living Room TV and bookshelf

Our Newport Beach Apartment

  Hello everyone! Today I’m going to tell you about our Newport Beach apartment. I…

6 Months living in California dance

Living in California: 6 Months

It’s hard to believe I’ve been living in California for 6 months (or I will have…

Beautiful light Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree Unplugged

Remember when we used to use books and maps to plan travel, instead of the…

Prayer Flags Temple Kangding

A Million Prayer Flags in Kāngdìng

  Last year, during our summer travels, a conversation between Justin and I went a little…

Foggy Golden gate Bridge, SF- Joella

Should You Revisit A Favourite Destination?

In 2007 I went to San Francisco for the first time. I was travelling by…