Back in 2008, when I was “finding myself” in Australia – the first time – a lovely elderly British couple snapped a candid photo of me that I just can’t forget.

I had just squeezed myself into a large plastic ball filled with water and been rolled down a hill. This is apparently an obvious past-time in Aus/NZ called “Zorbing” which has since been popular enough to spawn outlets here in North America ( and a spin-off sport called Bubble Soccer ( At the bottom of the
rather bumpy hill the zorb settles entry-hole-down and gravity expels the contents – you – gracelessly on to the turf. You are squelched out in a rush of the tepid hose-water you were originally injected into the ball with. It’s like being born, but less traumatic and there is beer available for you directly after. Continue reading