MY NAME IS HADDIJATOU, BUT UNLESS YOU’RE MY MUM AND I’VE DONE SOMETHING TERRIBLY WRONG, MOST PEOPLE CALL ME HADDY.
I’m 26 years old and of Gambian (smallest country in Africa)-English heritage. I grew up in England up until the age of thirteen, when my parents feared we were all becoming vitamin D deficient and uprooted us all to sunny Australia. I’ve lived here ever since, in various places along the east coast.
I’m a doctor working in the emergency department of a busy Sydney hospital and have just finished some pretty big exams, hence the desire to unwind. In addition to this, there have been some significant and unexpected life changes for me already this year, which have given me the opportunity to reflect on things that are important to my happiness. Solo travel used to be something I absolutely loved and due to a number of reasons, I haven’t had the opportunity to indulge for a while.
Thankfully, things have lined up just perfectly and I’ve found myself in a position to get on a plane to another hemisphere with my favourite gal pal Ellie to explore a few more places on our beautiful planet. Without yapping on too much, I am so excited for my next adventure and want to combine it with something else I love to do – write.
As I sit here typing this, I’m not sure whether this will grow into something more personal, or be strictly about the travel… We will see. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do (even though I have no idea what I’m doing) so thank you for reading along.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” ― Mark Twain