Sam, somewhere distant and exotic.
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|Introduction||This blog was established to let everyone at home know what I'm up to while I completed my Grand Tour, between August 2005 - March 2006. The Western notion of a "Grand Tour" dates back to the seventeenth century. Basically, they are extended travels abroad (traditionally throughout Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and India) taken by young artists to complete their formal education. Thousands of young people worldwide now undertake similar journeys before or after University studies, although not many of them remember this term for the experience. My travels took me from Canberra to Perth, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Greece, Italy and Libya. In 2006, I continued on through South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya. Throughout these travels, I searched for a topic for my upcoming PhD. As this journey has now concluded, this blog will not be updated any further. It shall remain online as an intangible record of this important time in my life, accessible to any interested reader.|