This blog began its life in January 2017 as an opportunity to improve my writing whilst doing a bit of travelling – hence the cheesy name. At that time, I was planning to head to New Zealand in March 2017 and was particularly inspired to create this blog during a short but wonderfully sweet trip to Jordan in September 2016 as part of my dissertation research.

Things changed in February 2017, for the better, and I spent 15 months living and working in Calais, volunteering with Refugee Community Kitchen and Refugee Info Bus, and working alongside Help Refugees/l’Auberge des Migrants. This blog has been a way to clear my head, to share stories and, most importantly, to continually raise awareness about the ongoing situation at our border.

In June 2018, I returned to Glasgow but continue to support Refugee Info Bus from afar as a trustee.

After a few much needed months of recuperation, I am now working at as a coordinator at Glasgow Night Shelter for Destitute Asylum Seekers, and as Media and Comms Officer for Scottish Refugee Council.

To get involved in Calais, here’s all the information you need. For getting involved at home, I can help with Glasgow and London.

Chris Afuakwah 2018