December Update (and Farewell to 2017)

So this is the end of 2017. If you have been patiently reading these updates then you’ll be relieved to know this is the final one. I’ve had a pretty amazing year overall and there is so much more to talk about than just eight simple points. But for now, let’s see how I did….

November Update

Yes these blogs are getting later. No I don’t care because life has been busy. Here’s the reasons why: 1) Get a new job or find a way of making current role more enjoyable. Got a bank staff role at a regional university, that will (hopefully) give me some money when I move down in…

October (and September) Update

Yes this is two months of updates in one but I have a Japan sized excuse for not posting an update at the end of September. To compensate though I have a lot of updates to tell you! In fact it feels like I will have ticked off this whole list by the end of…

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….

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…

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…

June Update

Flaming June seems apt for a month where half the nights seemed to be insufferably hot. I enjoyed some wonderfully sunny days and some great times with friends and family. Especially Pete who paid a (mostly) surprise visit from New Zealand! The summer really is a time to try and heal our dreary souls from…

Planning the adventure: Japan day 4-5

After the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, Lucy and I will literally be heading out to the hills. We get to try our first shinkansen, then a bit more train based journeying and then, potentially, a bit of a hike. Our destination will be the Minshuku Koshinzuka which is a traditional Inn in an area…