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Postcards from autumnal Ljubljana

The flight into Ljubljana was perhaps one of the most picturesque approaches I have enjoyed in a plane. Autumn sunlight shone over the small city and the surrounding hills, mountains and plains, all of which were covered in well-watered greenery or bright orange and yellow leaves that showed it was early November. With those views, I was introduced to a beautiful city that did not disappoint once I was exploring it by foot. Though I would love to experience the city and Slovenia during summer, the timing of my visit on this occasion showed a stunning side to the city as it prepared for winter.

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A little London visit

Since leaving London after two magical years there from 2013 to 2015, I had only visited once, for a few days shortly after my visa ended. I have been waiting for an opportunity to return, and the perfect chance came in September when two of my good friends happened to be visiting at the same time. It’s a very bittersweet thing to visit a city you used to call home — on one hand it makes you long for the days you spent there, while on the other you realise you don’t belong there anymore and can never go back. Still, visiting again with close friends who helped make the time living there so special was perfect, and I was effortlessly reminded of one thing that makes London such an extraordinary city — there is always more to discover, and you can never know completely.

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Tournament travel: Algiers, Algeria

The 2017 summer of handball tournaments began in Algiers, Algeria in July. The concentration of competitions taking place over the summer has meant a busy couple of months for me from July to September since 2015, when I covered my first Men’s Junior World Championship, followed by the Youth World Championship. This year the Junior World Championship was held in Algiers, after which I travelled to Tbilisi, Georgia for the Men’s Youth World Championship.

In Algiers we stayed in a hotel with an incredible view across the city, overlooking a concert venue which treated me to live music many nights after I had finished coverage for the day. One hot, sunny morning was spent exploring parts of the city on a guided tour, where we visited the Kasbah and the Matyr’s Memorial. The Memorial du Martyr Mujahid Museum was a sad, but interesting and clear highlight of the day and visit to Algiers overall.

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Tournament Travel: Denmark 2015

In December 2015 I travelled back to Denmark – my first home outside Australia – for the 22nd IHF Women’s World Championship. I was based in Kolding then Herning, which was right near the town I once lived in: Ikast, and therefore full of memories and familiar, somewhat dodgy Chinese restaurants.

It had been almost 10 years since I arrived in Ikast as a young hopeful handball player, and I had not been back since leaving, so even walking past familiar landmarks in Herning was wild. Some people complain that Herning is a boring place to be based for a tournament, as many of my colleagues have spent long weeks covering more than one championship there, but I was satisfied simply to find my favourite Danish candy and snacks.

Although the tournament was one of the busiest, it was wonderful to work with the female players. It’s a very different experience interviewing the men and women, and I found many interesting stories – the Tunisian captain who was retiring after 16 years in the national team, Christiane Mwasesa from DR Congo, who is the best-known star from her country and a total sweetheart (though I had to interview her with translation assistance from one of her helpful teammates), and the big-name players I interviewed about their path to the top.

All of my articles written during Denmark 2015 can be found here

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Rainbows, Moroccan trains & Dolly Parton

On the rare days that life as an expat feels a touch overwhelming, I find myself saying: “This would be so much easier if I were home,” though whether that is true I cannot say. 

Today, as I busily hunt for a new apartment in Amsterdam, where demand is high and it can sometimes be quite discouraging, Google Photos reminded me of a fitting Dolly Parton with a memory from Morocco in 2015. 

“If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” 

I’m sure this is one of the, if not the only rainbow I’ve ever seen that seemed to reach the earth at each end. I could only manage a quick picture on my phone before the train hurried on.