I’m Jess; a pretty ordinary kinda girl living in the Australian city of Melbourne. I’m the kind of girl you probably see every day; walking through a busy city on her way to work, sipping a cup of tea on her lunch break, giggling with her husband or friends over brunch, pausing on the sidewalk to text her sister, quietly reading a book on the train home from work…
But inside that ordinary, unassuming façade is another girl; one with extraordinary dreams. There’s been a lot of change in my life, but the two constants that have never wavered are my love for writing, and my love for exploring & learning about new places & cultures.
This little space of mine is a kind of electronic journal and time capsule; I want to leave some sort of record of what life was like for a girl like me. Because, over time, things change. Lifestyles adjust. Cultures evolve. Cities are re-built. I know that in the grand scheme of things, I’m living in the tiniest little corner of history, and I want that to be recorded somewhere, so that in years to come people can see what it was like “back in the day…”
You’ll find a bit of everything here – books that have inspired me, meals I’ve enjoyed around the world and recipes for those I’ve cooked in my own kitchen, markets I’ve trawled, all punctuated with some very honest stories about my own life and experiences trying to live a full, adventurous life as a text-book introvert accompanied by her companions Depression & Anxiety 🙂
And, as the driving force behind this blog, you’ll find many, many writings on my travels. I know there are thousands of other travel bloggers and writers out there, many of whom with much more experience than I. But I write about places from my own point of view and place in the world, and I know no one else can do that 🙂 When I write about a city, it’s people, it’s culture, it’s attractions and allure, it’s not as a local – I feel I would be disrespecting the citizens to write as if I know it all after visiting somewhere they’ve lived their entire lives.
Instead, I write about my experiences as a visitor, with the aim of supporting and encouraging other visitors who are looking for some first-hand advice or information about a faraway land they too want to experience. As great as it is to get some local knowledge, I’ve found it can be just as (if not more) reassuring to get other information from another visitor who’s experienced travelling through a foreign land for themselves.
So, make yourself a hot pot of tea, get comfortable, and allow me to invite you along on my adventure 🙂