How do you describe a scent when you don’t know what’s in it? Even when you know the notes, what if your nose can't identify them? The language of scent is not easy to master (and what is mastery when the subject matter is so subjective?). Start with this: color and texture.
One of our favorite aspects of American perfumery is that there's no one path to becoming a perfumer. You can attend school in Grasse. You can follow a deep curiosity and start experimenting in your basement. Or you can take the path of Danielle Fleming of Note Fragrances.
We so love travel because it exposes us to other. To people whose circumstances are different from our own and to places rooted in histories that we've only read about. Travel puts us face to face with our interconnectedness and makes us more humane.