Work Decisions

Originally posted on After Evalyn:
I had a plan. When I sat down last Summer with my maternity leave form in front of me, I was very clear in my mind as to what my plan would be: 1. Have my baby. 2. Take a year’s maternity leave. 3. After a year, return to work…

Planning the adventure: Japan day 13-14

We will return to Tokyo for the last leg of our trip. As a change from Air BnBs and traditional Accommodation such as Minshukus, Ryokens (and a Capsule Hotel) we’re going to stay for two nights in a pretty standard hotel. Nothing fancy, just a centrally located place for us to grab souvenirs, check out…

Hidden in plain sight

A strange thing happened to me today as I walked back from town. At first I felt a headache but the pain quickly sent a jolt to my stomach that made me double over. A few people walked over to see if I was alright which was nice (though they probably would have left me…

August Update

Birthdays, road trips, bank holidays and other adventures. August was nice and busy.  The sun shone by the end of it but despite all the rain I’ve had some pretty lovely days with friends and family. As for the goals: 1) Get a new job or find a way of making current role more enjoyable….

Finding Humour In Grief

Originally posted on After Evalyn:
The room that was already small was made to feel even smaller by the fact there were already two other families waiting in it. The receptionist had called it a ‘waiting room’ but I was pretty sure that at one time throughout history it had actually been a cupboard. I…

Planning the adventure: Japan day 8-12

Welcome back to the Japan travel blog! You know how the last one was about a bit of relaxation? Well that’s because the next stage of our journey is crazy busy! On the way back from Seketei, and over five days, we hope to visit: Hiroshima: Because a visit to the peace memorial seems like…

July Update

The picture is of some Japanese money I was given today. It’s the first time I’ve held a Japanese Banknote and they’re quite beautiful in their own way. Thank you to the kindly soul who gave them to us. You’ve helped us so much already. It’s been a real varied month. Some real stresses at…

Planning the adventure: Japan day 6-7

Almost halfway through our adventure Lucy and I will go on our longest section of travelling. We will catch a train from Tsumago and travel via Nagoya to Hiroshima – roughly a five hour trip that will end with a pick-up by the hotel that we will be staying at. After, a £20 a night…

Thought: We can’t all ‘win’ at life.

“Too lazy to be ambitious, I let the world take care of itself. Ten days’ worth of rice in my bag; a bundle of twigs by the fireplace. Why chatter about delusion and enlightenment? Listening to the night rain on my roof, I sit comfortably, with both legs stretched out.” ― Ryōkan I love this…