A quick moment of self-promotion, because why not?
I launched a new blog today, Road to Gallipoli, in preparation for my upcoming trip to Germany and Turkey. With less than three weeks before departure, I am still frantically organising the trip. Among other destinations, I will be at Gallipoli on 25 April to commemorate the centenary of the Anzac landings. This is a particularly poignant day for me, because my grandfather fought at Gallipoli in 1915. It is humbling to think that I will be standing on that same beach one hundred years later.
For my international readers who may not be familiar with Australian history, the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) at Gallipoli, Turkey, on 25 April 1915, represents a significant moment in our country’s history. It has often been identified as our baptism of fire, the moment Australia was born. Although it was a terrible military defeat, the bravery of those soldiers has never been forgotten. Gallipoli is part of our shared cultural identity, and it continues to play an important role in shaping what it means to be Australian. I am incredibly excited at the opportunity to be part of the centenary, stepping in my grandfather’s footsteps and honouring his memory. So check out Road to Gallipoli – it’s sure to be an incredible journey.
Of course, I will be continuing to update my beloved Science-fictionality as often as possible! But I am looking forward to the challenge of writing a travel blog; quite a departure from my usual musings on science fiction.