Humbled in Hiroshima

“She explained that the crane, a sacred bird in Japan, lives for a hundred years, and if a sick person folds 1,000 paper cranes, then that person would soon get well. After hearing the legend, Sadako decided to fold 1,000 cranes in the hope that she would get well again.”

Hiroshima International School

I’d read the story of Sadako Sasaki and her thousand paper cranes when I was in primary school. It’s a very sad one, but I do recommend it.

During the planning phase of our Japan trip, I knew that Hiroshima was high on my list of cities to visit.

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L’arrêt Impromptu


I’ve written about plenty of my travel adventures on this blog, so I thought I might highlight one of my favourites. This one is from my Eurotrip from around 4 years ago as we prepared to leave Geneva for a short flight to Amsterdam where I was due to meet some friends.

Originally posted on Mario Types:

Geneva window

We regretted booking such an early morning flight out of Geneva, particularly because there was only one train we could catch to the airport, and there was quite a tight turnaround between the train’s arrival and our flight’s departure. The walk to the station was bizarre. It was colder than I expected, and the snowfall was heavy.

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A year since I last used my passport

Today is the 12th of November, 2014 which marks exactly one year since we boarded a flight to Tokyo for two incredible weeks. Since then I’ve had both feet firmly planted on Australian soil with only a very brief visit to Canberra, a relaxing Oberon getaway in a cosy chalet and a long (and delicious) weekend Melbourne trip to break up the day-to-day. In hindsight that does seem like an awful lot of getaways, but is it ever enough?

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Music is a drug for the youth (and I’m an old fart)

Brain imaging shows our favorite songs trigger the brain’s pleasure points, and a significant amount of those internal drugs that we all love, serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin, are released. The more we like a song, the more these neurochemicals are released.

Bobby Owsinski’s Big Picture Music Production Blog

When I was a teen I felt a far deeper connection to the music I listened to. I’ve already touched on this briefly but recently a blog post popped up on my feedly reader which seemed to directly talk to me.

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