I am an explorer, – in education, in art and in life. However, the paths I tread are mostly very well worn, and the worlds I discover are often fresh only to me. In sharing my observations with family, friends and other curious souls, perhaps I can provide a welcome jolt of recognition. Or the wonder of an encounter with something strange and new. When the great explorer and linguist Sir Richard Burton was recalled from Damascus, he wrote to his wife Isabel: “Ordered off; pay, pack and follow”, and similar directives have since been given to countless diplomats’ wives. Like them, I am frequently moved to pay the bills, pack my bags and follow, not my husband’s footsteps, but a scent, a trail, a change of direction. My way is not uncharted, many much braver have gone before me, but still I am fascinated, forever chasing the elusive rainbows of original thought.