I love getting on a plane or a train to distant and awesome places. I want to experience the snowy beauty of Norway one day, or discover every last corner of South-East Asia, but I’ve accepted that I’m never going to be able to travel to every single place in the world. It’s just too big, and I won’t live forever. Still, I’m curious about the rest of this mysterious planet. I’ve read articles about tragedies occurring in Sierra Leone and I’m familiar with the historical significance of Jerusalem, though I’ll never really know what it’s like to have a strong relationship with either of those places. Even places I’ve been, like Chicago, or places I’m from, like Australia—when I hear what others have to say about them, it’s like I’ve never been there at all. That’s why I listen to songs about other places: I love listening to the world according to other people.

Illustration by Minna.

Illustration by Minna.