Rudyard Kipling once said ‘The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.’ For travel to broaden our minds, our senses must be heightened and engaged to truly experience what lies ahead.
There is great anticipation around the house as the day of departure is imminent. One reflects on all the incredible sights and sounds that will greet us as we travel around Central Europe. Our Lonely Planets are well thumbed, both in the traditional sense, as well as the iPhone sense.
I have confidence that the short one will soak up all of these amazing experiences; just as she does at home, with great relish and curiosity. Hearing other languages, tasting different cuisine, seeing famous artworks, touching fresh snow, smelling vast fields of flowers.
But… I suppose one should have common sense and consider the risk of overwhelming culture shock. For that very reason, I have decided to take a little piece of home with us. A little something that is familiar, known and provides all Australian travellers with that little sense of familiarity and comfort, far from home.
I have decided to take…
In the infamous words of Lao Tzu, ‘A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step (sic) and a jar of vegemite’