Sounds in the Botanic Gardens

Hum of the dragonflies - I can see where Ross Edwards finds some of his inspiration! Splendid and peaceful and... hot. Adelaide is unbelievably warm - and the heat incredibly dry. It burns down from the desert before sweeping through the city, rustling the leaves in the beautiful botanical gardens and bouncing off of old [...]

Melbourne at last!

Melbourne is such a wonderful city! It's taken a while for me to travel here and it took an orchestral conducting school to make it happen, but my goodness I really love this culture, the city and the people. So often it is easy to forget about the home when we are travelling. Dreaming of [...]

Saved by poetry

Sometimes when reflecting on travels I am reminded of the strangest moments and equally the kindness of the strangers. When I was first travelling solo in 2014, the train I was taking from Bologna to Munich was delayed after a tree had fallen over the tracks. Because it was a Sunday (never travel on a [...]

Return to Paris

Cyclic nature of travel. It was really nice to have an anchor to return to before flying home... somewhere that I could call 'stability' in reference to the mind-state I was in on commencing my journey abroad and that which I would leave from. Very strangely, some may say, I was excited to go home. [...]

AIX en Provence

What a city! I happened to arrive during a music festival of 2014 when the whole city comes to life with a celebration of classical music. There are two particular moments that have made a strong impression and I dearly cherish. Schubert in the courtyard - a roof made of leaves, a Steinway to top [...]

Going solo: the first days of travel

Wow. It's strange how normal it feels to wake up on the day of travel. Bag packed by the door, clothes for the plane laid out and the last meal of fresh food (aka. many mangos!) for the next 24 hours pre-planned and ready to eat. I think I have always been a traveller. Since [...]