Facing Sunshine

Facing Sunshine

24 years, 24 countries. Biochemist by trade, book addict, amateur writer and chronic over-enthusiast; falling in love with everywhere and everything. All images are my own. Instagram @hannahejohn


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Marrakesh – Snowy Peaks to Desert Oases

Marrakesh – Snowy Peaks to Desert Oases

(Original art work by Aaron Lee @aaron_illustration) Wonky eyes, huge and gluey, glanced up as we were lead down the streets of the Medina to Riad Dar Moulay Ali (£44 a night). A minute, dusty kitten, paws and tail tucked neatly away, was watching a […]

How the West won me – Utah and Zion National Park

How the West won me – Utah and Zion National Park

The megalithic Salt Lake Temple of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was illuminated in the night when I landed. ‘Stay clear of the polygamists,’ had been my mum’s parting words at Manchester Airport. Up to this point I didn’t even know SLC was the famous […]

How the West won me – Utah and Zion National Park

How the West won me – Utah and Zion National Park

The megalithic Salt Lake Temple of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was illuminated in the night when I landed. ‘Stay clear of the polygamists,’ had been my mum’s parting words at Manchester Airport. Up to this point I didn’t even know SLC was the famous […]

Chasing Waterfalls in the Atherton Table Lands

Chasing Waterfalls in the Atherton Table Lands

Platypuses aren’t the easiest things to spot, you’ve got to watch for the rustling of lilly pads and follow the water’s ripples. Discern a slick wet back within the murky shadows of the pond and you’ve got the mysterious creature. Not that you can see […]

Ghosts in the Mist – My World Nomads Entry

Ghosts in the Mist – My World Nomads Entry

One thousand and eighty Buddha’s, eyes cast down, greeted me in Myanmar; my jumping off point. Five months in South East Asia with my sister, and she had become my safety net in any travel mishaps. It was too cosy: time to test my solo […]

Paradise Found – The Daintree Rainforest

Paradise Found – The Daintree Rainforest

Creeping from my bunk room at 5am I couldn’t believe no-one else was getting up to see the sunrise over the Great Barrier Reef from the edge of the worlds oldest rainforest; the Daintree. The upside; I’d have the true deserted island experience. The downside; […]

Adrenaline Rush – Scuba and Sky Dives in Cairns

Adrenaline Rush – Scuba and Sky Dives in Cairns

Flying low over Cairns the town is tiny, hardly what I expected for the home of one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. Vast fields of sugar cane carpeted from the foot of the Great Dividing Range right up to the sandy boarder […]

Goodbye Sweet Pea – West Coast Roadtrip Pt 4

Goodbye Sweet Pea – West Coast Roadtrip Pt 4

Manjimup   After our rather unceremonious ousting from the Kingsley Motel, I wasn’t keen to bump into Charlie or Andrew so avoided their end of Manjimup. A swift drive by to show Livi where I’d lived for my first two months in Oz and that […]

The Horizon and Beyond – West Coast Roadtrip Pt3

The Horizon and Beyond – West Coast Roadtrip Pt3

We hadn’t made it to Broome but it was already time to start heading back south. I knew how the lush, green contrast of Margaret River would be a welcome end to our road trip for Livi whose never been fond of anywhere dusty. I had […]

Rolling on Fumes – West Coast Road-trip Pt 2

Rolling on Fumes – West Coast Road-trip Pt 2

(As a premise to this post, if you’re planning on doing a road trip out in the Australian bush, please make sure you do get a big spare fuel can. With hindsight it’s funny for my sister and I to joke about how we never […]