In 1996 I landed in what I called the “belly of Europe” – Strasbourg – on a Masters degree in Journalism, and it is from there that I kicked off my autodidact career as foreign correspondent. Coming from Australia, and a largely radio journalism background, I started sending off stories to newspapers all over the world, in the hope that they might take my work as a big unknown quantity. I subsequently wrote for dailies in Australia, the US, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, the UAE, Scotland and Ireland on French, German, Italian and EU-wide affairs. Editors in Strasbourg were not only fascinated by the Tasmanian amongst their ranks but my description of the historic crossroads city as the “estomach d’Europe“, a fascination portrayed in the story in the local city magazine above.