But for those who have come home and survived the coming home blues, there are still times when a sight or smell takes you back somewhere else, and memories come flooding back. Or when you listen with keen interest to someone telling their story, wondering if maybe you'd like to go there, when can I get there, how long should I go for and what will I do when I get there? Those are the kind of questions that were running through my mind as Steve Scourfield, award winning novelist, travel editor at The West and career nomad was reading passages from the books about his travels. Accompanying his words were the beats and sounds of 2 very talented local musicians who had choreographed the music to match the tempo of what he talking about as well as the country.
We were served 4 delicious courses of food that matched the destinations he was talking about - think sumac baked eggplant for Oman, alaskan crab and salmon from the Yukon, curried pork chop and maize souffle from Lesotho and orange olive oil cake with mascapone chantilly from Rome... We had some good wines being poured as well which was a nice touch!
The tables are communal and we had some great chats with the travellers around us. We were easily the youngest people in the room, but it just meant we had so much to hear from the people sitting around us - the places they'd been, the places they were going...
It was a wonderful night, and while it was planned on being just a one off - the University Club of UWA said there was a 400 strong waiting list! So expect another one!