Welcome to my travel blog! Over the next 10 weeks I will be travelling throughout Europe and will share my adventure here. The name of this blog is a Latin phrase which translates roughly to mean 'to gain, understand, perceive'. It explains perfectly what I hope to experience in this trip; a sense of understanding and appreciation for life all around the world.

Saturday, November 27, 2010


Well my bags are nearly packed, photocopies have been made of all my ID and I've double checked, no wait, more like quadruple-checked all my flight details for my first flight from Melbourne to Heathrow tomorrow evening. First stop is London. I was there around 2 years ago and loved it so I am looking forward to seeing its grey skies again!  Those who know me will know I am not joking when I say I am looking forward to the cold weather of Europe - I love rain, I love the cold and I'm pretty sure I liked the snow when I went once as a kid in Canberra. So it sounds like Europe in winter is my cup of tea!

In packing my bags, I was torn between choosing what book to take with me in my travels. It needed to be something long, so it would last me a few weeks and not too heavy (which can be difficult if one is looking for a nice thick novel). It ended up being a choice between Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, George Eliot's Middlemarch and Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. The first was too heavy and the last was too depressing, so Middlemarch it is!