First Published 24 June 2017 & a Top Post Ever. Upon return from travel, people say to me, “I want to hear all about your trip.” I have found this is not actually the case. The Travel Story What they want is a distilled answer. One or two experiences in 10 words or less. Just… Read More Travel Stories.
“Flaming like a meteor we hit the coast, a road, high, high above the blue sea, that hooked and corkscrewed on the edge of nothing, a road carefully designed to be a little narrower than two cars side by side.” – John Steinbeck. First posted 11 April 2016. My feet have barely hit the ground… Read More Trying Not to Throw Up on the Amalfi.
The past two years have ensured I haven’t travelled internationally. Where I live, in New Zealand the borders remain closed until April 2022. I could get out but couldn’t get back in with out a lot of luck and a patch in managed isolation. My son recently emigrated to Australia and it wasn’t easy. There… Read More Meri Kirihimete from New Zealand
A story about my personal journey has just been published in this book which is very exciting… …so I thought I would write about some of the places in Italy where I sought the Sibyls that feature in my short story. (The story published is more of a soul searching journey I undertook to find… Read More Seeking the Sibyls in Italy
As we go about our usual lives it is rare to meet other people that have the same interests and passions especially when they are niche. When I first became unusually and irrationally obsessed with Italy and all things Italian I felt very alone with that. No one around me could understand my desire to… Read More Meeting My Tribe In Italy
June 2018. I had to concentrate on breathing. Just focus on the in breath, then the out. My head was pounding. I lay on my single bed, sealed in my single room on the 1st floor of an old dame of a hotel in Bari, Italy. I knew nobody in Bari. There was no-one I… Read More Getting Sick when Travelling
I’m very quiet on my blog at the moment because I’m writing a book. It turns out that writing a book is a very big job! I had hoped to be done and dusted mid next year but with further toil I am starting to realise this may be a ‘several years’ kind-of a time… Read More Urine, Squill & Women’s Acrid Odours.
Does anyone know of accomodation that might be available from February until May 2019 in Italy that I could arrange on a week to week basis. (If I were miserable I need to be able to give a weeks notice and go). I am open to anywhere in Italy, however it needs to be well connected by… Read More Seeking Italian Accomodation
More than 2100 New Zealanders were killed and 6700 wounded during the liberation of Italy; that’s a lot for a little country. This gorgeous picture of New Zealand soldiers in Molise was put up on the site: https://www.facebook.com/Molisenelcuore/ on 15 July 2018. I found it incredibly moving having just come from Campobasso in June, where… Read More New Zealand Soldiers in Campobasso, Molise.
The Samnites (or in Italian, Sanniti; Safineis to the Samnites themselves), were an ancient people living in central southern Italy from many hundreds of years BC until they vanished under Roman subjugation from around 80 BC. All photos are my own. I visited Molise in May and June this year and went to some of… Read More Sanniti