Trip Start Feb 17, 2011
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2007 - First trip abroad with the boy. New York is the chosen destination. Windchill and sightseeing. Graduated Uni. Celebrate 21st birthday in Chicago at Pitchfork Festival. Sun, scenery and music - Slint being my highlight. Begin learning Japanese at college for a hobby.
2008 - Second trip to New York. Visit Wayne in Tokyo &
alas the alarm bells ring of career prospects.
2009 - complete 6mth CELTA course & recession hits...bad times
2010 - several interviews in London for jobs.
Trip to Barcelona for the Primavera Sound music festival.
Score a job in April to start in Feb 2011.
Endurance and patience skills tested.
Holiday in Turkey with the Mother to spend some quality bonding time :)
January: Major preperation begins.
Leaving date confirmed. Flights booked. Travel Insurance booked.
Leave Pets at Home (very sad times). A month of emotion, tears and stress.
Last day of January spent in London to process our Visas at the Japanese embassy,
an interesting experience and our first visit since one of our interviews there.
February: Spending lots of times with family and friends. Lots of meals planned. Lots of photos...
5/2/11 - recieved our passports back from the embassy yesterday. They now have shiny new laminated 3 year Japanese visas attached. Very exciting. Also been informed that we will be living in the Kanagawa prefecture of Japan. Unsure yet as to which part. We stayed in this prefecture last time so hint of familiarity is always nice. Can't wait to walk around on google earth map and explore my new surroundings. Something a little creepy that we can do that but none the less fun. First of the family meals tonight...