For many of us fortunate enough to live in the Hunter, it's hard to fully fathom the sight of people desperately clinging to aircraft as the pilots inside prepare for takeoff. Yet, in recent days disturbing images like these, beamed from Afghanistan, have caused distress, confusion, and a general sense of uneasiness in the local community.
Catastrophic fires burnt across NSW and Queensland throughout November and many readers will have firsthand experience of what it looked and felt like. It will remain raw for many of us for some time to come.
According to websites dedicated to the various pilgrimages on offer around the globe − and there are many I can tell you − a pilgrim ‘is a traveller who has come from afar who is on a journey to a holy place or gathering who often makes their journey on foot’.