Peace in Hiroshima

IMG_3891 Itsukushima Shrine

The shrine on Miyajima / Itsukushima

I’m not sure if Hiroshima would be a tourist destination had 6th August 1945 been different. Maybe it would just be a place to stay to easily get to the sacred island of Itsukushima, and I don’t think I would’ve heard of the city. But in 2016 the city received 2 million visitors, and it was one of the ten city stops on my around-the-country tour of Japan. Continue reading


Māori Music


I recently came back from a once-in-a-lifetime whirlwind wonder tour of New Zealand. It wasn’t an especially musical trip – unless you count scrolling through NZ’s best RnB radio stations or listening to the Lord Of The Rings soundtracks on repeat. We spent a lot of time looking at gorgeous landscapes and stunning natural scenes, and even more time running around pretending to be Hobbits/Elves/Tolkien-creatures-of-your-choice. But in between, we did manage to squeeze in a bit of Māori culture on our tour of Middle Earth. Continue reading