It seems only right to start this new ‘journey’ with an introduction and with a touch of introspection. At the ripe old age of eight, my parents decided to take a year out from our Sydney-based family life and give their children the privilege of an incredible opportunity to see the world. Along with my 17 yr old sister & my 15 yr old brother, the five of us packed our bags and headed for a year of life in the UK. It wasn’t your average trip. Mum hated to fly – white knuckles abounded – so we did as much as possible to stay grounded. First jump was to Japan, where we travelled for 8 days. Next thing, we were on a boat to Nakhodka. From there we started a 9 day long trail across the wide, cold, white spaces that were Russia. It was early December! After a pause in Moscow we trained on to Leningrad (it was still Leningrad back then!) from where we flew via Sweden to London to establish a home for the next 12 months.