Perspective: A relative term

Sunday, 29, June, 2014 0 , , Permalink 0

Since I've started this blog, I've been amazed by how many people have contacted me just to say "Yes! I get it". I've loved receiving each and every text message and email like a big warm, comforting hug. Some have even put aside magazine article clippings or told me about movies that talk about it - this incredibly human and seemingly constant struggle between roots and wings. This happened with a new friend of mine recently. He is an accomplished musician and, as I explained my blog, his eyes lit up and he told me about a solo cellist called Yo-Yo Ma. In 1999, Yo-Yo Ma visited a garden in Kyoto that was designed at the end of the 15th century ...

Life is a classroom

Wednesday, 21, May, 2014 1 , , , Permalink 1

It was 19 July 2010 and I had just arrived at Cambridge University in the UK. No, I wasn't there to study a Masters in Law or Philosophy or anything else remotely as impressive. I was there to teach English to [rich] European kids for the summer. Besides briefly contemplating primary school teaching as a career before law, I had never taught in a classroom. The idea came to me when I was researching alternative tours and activities for solo travellers. It seemed like a good way to meet people, get free accommodation and earn some money while I travelled (and, FYI, I was right - highly recommend it). So I completed a 6 week TESOL course in Perth before I left ...

The first page of my favourite chapter

Friday, 16, May, 2014 1 , , Permalink 1

So I chose my first “Extracts of a Travel Diary” post from my most recent overseas adventure. But (surprise, surprise) my journal entries have not always been quite so profound. Recently, I came across my very first journal entry from when this whole wanderlust thing really started. After quitting my job as a junior lawyer, I left Perth airport on the 18th of June 2010 for an 8 month solo adventure around Europe. I remember the feeling before I left, like I was going up against the world – just me, myself and I. It was terrifying and exciting and everything in between. The first few pages of my travel diary from that trip, however, proved to be quite an ...

A bewitching night in Buenos Aires…

Monday, 12, May, 2014 0 , Permalink 3

My most recent travel adventure was 4 weeks in South America. Yes, I realise 4 weeks is less than ideal but this is where balancing roots and wings can mean compromise! South America is a large continent and each country genuinely has its own unique culture and identity. I'm probably going to include a few posts about my South American travels but let's start with one of the many ways to spend an enchanting evening in the bewitching city that is Buenos Aires... Start with dinner at Osaka - a Peruvian and Japanese fusion restaurant in Palermo. My favourites on the menu - delicious ceviche, all kinds of meat cooked to absolute perfection and passionfruit sashimi. The cocktail list is pretty creative too. We scored ...

Nama-what-now?

Saturday, 10, May, 2014 2 , , , , Permalink 0

Have you ever finished a yoga class and mumbled the obligatory “nah-mas-tay”, only to walk away wondering what on earth it means? Is it some new age, spiritual way of saying “peace out” or “TTYL” (that’s Talk To You Later, for those over 20)? When I found out what it meant, I felt so much more authentic when I said it. You can't help but walk away feeling a little lighter and calmer from that word. It means: My soul honours your soul. I honour the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honour the light, love, truth, beauty and peace within you, because it is also within me. In sharing these things, we are united, we are the same, ...