Don’t you know who I think I am?

Prepare for some information overload…

I am a qualified school teacher, windsurf instructor, sailing instructor, further education lecturer, first aid officer, snorkel instructor, powerboat driver and safety boat driver. I’m a qualified open water diver and I have an orange belt in kickboxing.

Melanie May information scuba diving in Colombia“I have dyslexia and ADHD”

Me by numbers:

This is my first blog. I’m 36. I did season work for two years and I backpacked for three years. I’ve travelled to 40 countries. I have been to three of The American Society of Civil Engineer’s Seven Wonders of the Modern World and I have been to two of the New Seven Wonders of the World and two of the New Seven Wonders of Nature and two of the Seven Wonders of the Industrial World. At the moment I have five tattoos and four piercings. I used to be four stone fatter. I have six higher education qualifications. I have one brother and 48 cousins and I had two dogs, Portia and Morse. I’ve had more than 20 jobs in the last ten years and I’m ok with that.

Information page Photograph of Melanie May as a baby“I am commitment phobic”

Me by words:

I think the following quotes sum up my attitude to life:

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear - Mark Twain

Don’t take life too seriously, nobody gets out alive anyway

Those two quotes are pretty much the only rules I live my life by and as a result tell you quite a bit about me. I’m not fearless but I am brave and love to take risks. I don’t take life, or myself, too seriously. We get one life and I want to live mine in a way that leaves me with lots of laughs, experiences and stories. So far so good…

Melanie May snowboarding in Austria Information page“I ramble”

Me by travel:

I am obsessive about numbers and lists. When travelling I write how much I spend, how far I drive, where I eat, sleep and play. At the time my lists don’t serve much use, apart from highlighting how much money I spend on coffee and cake (my staple diet), but I know they’ll be valuable information to somebody else, hence why I started this blog – I want to share my lists! Also, I want to share great finds and awful pitfalls. And I want to encourage women to go it alone, get out there and travel independently and that is why I am sharing my diary entries too. I am hoping these will give you a sense of what it’s like being a single female backpacker and how wonderful it is.

Melanie May blog information page writing her travel diary“I over share”

Me by food:

Presently, I am back living in my home town of Dublin. To keep my travels alive I recreate dishes in my Irish kitchen that I have eaten around the world. I adapt them to suit the ingredients available and I then write, photo and blog about the recipes. Food plays a huge part in my life and in my travelling and I hope to combine them both seamlessly in this one blog. I’m hoping they mix well to create one big fat bellyful of laughs and dishes that you will enjoy and will keep you coming back for seconds.

Website information page photography of Melanie May taking a photograph“I love to make people laugh”

Me by lists:

My favourite cities

Mexico

London

Budapest

My favourite countries

USA

Austria

Colombia

My wish list

Cuba

Alaska

Chernobyl

 

Welcome to my blog

5 Comments
  • Gabriel Bass
    Posted at 16:52h, 05 March Reply

    What would Melanie May say? Melanie May may say many things… Great to see your fun and delicious blog up and running… On my end, I ended up settling in Colombia, currently in Bogotá with a 4 month old son and trying to get the music career off the ground… life’s pretty sweet…. Anyway, whenever you want to head back to one of your favorite countries, we’ll be here waiting for you with open arms. Abrazos grandes!

    Gabriel

    • Melanie
      Posted at 16:09h, 06 March Reply

      Ah, Gabe, it sounds like you are doing really well. Congratulations. I hope Chaco is doing well too! Keep reading the blog, you will feature in it when I write about Colombia! Besos x

  • Melanie
    Posted at 23:49h, 11 March Reply

    Thanks Rory! Hopefully the post will get better and better the more I write.

  • Karen Geraghty
    Posted at 21:56h, 30 March Reply

    Looks fab Melanie thanks for your snapchat message to come check this out. Looking forward to peeking around and making some recipes. Keep up the good work!

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