There are things that you come across and find interesting in travel, curiosities and oddities. Things that baffle you as a foreigner – being baffled, I think, is one of a traveller’s secret enjoyments. Observations and mementos, crafts or items from our random world.

And then there are random things that happen, and random places you wandered off to and enjoyed. I love storytelling, finding a narrative and an arc, weaving a spell and breaking it, setting the reader free at the end. But not everything in our world has an arc – or at least one that my mind can discern.

So these odds and ends – whether whimsical or erratic or serious and philosophical – are all grouped here. Randomness doesn’t need a reason.