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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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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…

17 Mile Drive

Have you been to California’s 17 Mile Drive?

Uncrowded sandy beaches, sea life and rocky coastlines? It’s the dreamy California scenery we all want to experience.…