About Me

I’ve spent the best part of the last decade working long hours and burying my head in revision in pursuit of a career I love. I’ve always had a passion for traveling the world and experiencing London’s best offerings but time has always been the rate limiting step. In the last couple of years, I’ve finished my medical training after an eleven year slog, done my final exam, found myself a new job as a London GP, married the love of my life (Pumpkin) and moved house! This has finally freed up some time and I’ve never been more keen to make the most of it. I initially started this blog as a journal to chronicle my travels and capture new experiences and activities in the city I love but I hope you’ll enjoy reading it, as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.


29 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Lovely blog! Thanks for connecting with us on Twitter! Keep up the great work and travel safe! Oh… and a happy New Year! πŸ™‚

    1. whywasteannualleave January 5, 2014 — 11:07 pm

      Happy New Year to you too and thank you so much for checking out my blog! I’ve still got a lot of work to do on the blog as still new and learning but I really appreciate the positive feedback! Looking forward to seeing all your updates!

  2. Really enjoyed reading your entry on Ice Sculptures and Ramsay’s restaurant – couldn’t leave a comment there, so thought I’d leave one here instead πŸ™‚

    1. whywasteannualleave March 9, 2014 — 2:36 am

      Hi guys. Thanks so much for reading and for your kind comments πŸ™‚ I’m not sure what’s gone wrong with leaving comments but I’ll look into it so thanks for letting me know!

  3. Hi!

    I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award!

    Accepting/participating is optional, but I hope you do take part in it! πŸ™‚


    1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) May 18, 2014 — 7:48 am

      Thanks so much for this nomination Upasna – really appreciate it! πŸ™‚

  4. Hey! I have nominated YOU for a Liebster Award! Check out my latest blog for the details, and I’ve set you ten questions to answer! LOVE your blog!

    1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) June 13, 2014 — 3:49 pm

      Thank you so much for putting me forward for this – really appreciate it πŸ™‚

      1. my pleasure i look forward to your replies!

  5. Hello! I’ve nominated your awesome blog for the Liebster Award! Heres the link to find out more – http://exploringthebluemarble.wordpress.com/2014/06/16/weve-been-nominated-for-the-liebster-award/

    Hope you participate and I look forward to reading your answers.

    1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) June 17, 2014 — 11:18 am

      Thanks so much for nominating me for this – I wrote a blog post about the Liebster award when I was nominated last year so not sure I’ll manage to do it again but I really appreciate that you thought of my blog in your shortlist πŸ™‚

      1. That’s great to hear you participated last year. Thanks for letting me know πŸ™‚ I love reading your blog – keep up the great work!

        1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) June 17, 2014 — 6:11 pm

          Right back at you and really appreciate the kind words πŸ™‚

  6. Hey Shikha! I’ve nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award! πŸ™‚ http://mrsaylasadventures.com/2014/07/15/the-versatile-blogger-award/

    1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) August 24, 2014 — 8:17 pm

      Right, it’s about blooming time that I got round to answering these random facts!! Better get my thinking cap on and thank you so much for nominating me πŸ™‚

      1. Haha no rush I took ages to do my answers myself! Looking forward to reading yours though. Maybe I’ll find out something extremely important (and random) about you that you’ve failed to mention on our cake dates πŸ˜‰

  7. I love the title of your blog!

    1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) August 24, 2014 — 2:26 pm

      Thank you!! It helps remind me to make the most of my free time πŸ™‚

  8. Hi Shikha! Just to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award here – http://travelwithmolly.com/2014/09/09/a-nomination-for-the-one-lovely-blog-award/ – if you wanted to take a look. Love keeping up with your blog! Molly

    1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) September 12, 2014 — 5:04 pm

      Aww thank you so much for the kind words Molly and for the nomination. I’ll start working on writing a post for this soon & I too could eat Nutella straight out of the jar!

  9. I love your nickname of Pumpkin for the husband. Cute! I bet there is a story behind that.

    1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) October 9, 2014 — 3:08 pm

      Hehe, there actually isn’t a specific story behind it – I think he really can’t stand that it’s become so public but I’ve always had a habit of giving him food-related nicknames and since the early days of knowing him, this was the one that stuck! πŸ˜€

  10. Very fun blog, love the diversity of subjects and places you’ve been!

    1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) January 21, 2015 — 9:15 pm

      Thanks so much for this lovely comment – really made my day! So kind of you to have had a look at the blog & I really hope you’ll pop by again soon ☺

  11. I love the name of your blog! It is also see nice to read that you are a Doctor and still have time to travel, I am studying medicine at the moment and it seems like a long road ahead.

    1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) February 5, 2015 — 5:32 pm

      Thanks so much! Didn’t realise you were a fellow medic Ash – good luck and don’t despair, I know it seems like the journey takes forever but you’ll get there in the end and it’s worth it when you do πŸ™‚ And yes, if you love to travel, you can absolutely still travel and write alongside the job, I just try and squeeze out the most out of my annual leave (hence the name!)

  12. love your blog, makes me want to travel the world

    1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) February 3, 2020 — 9:03 pm

      Thank you so much!

  13. Loving your travel blog! It looks like we’ve been to many of the same places in the world too! We’ve both traveled all around Asia and Europe.

    Now that I’ve visited 50+ countries, I finally put together how I travel so much –

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