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Europe » United Kingdom » England » South Yorkshire » Sheffield July 27th 2008

One week to go... I’m sitting here trying to find the words to write before we go to China but the sentences won’t really come - just thoughts and fleeting feelings related to the time leading up to this time. So, here are a few thoughts: Two years ago, Chris and I decided to go travelling extensively and we’ve developed our lives to be ready for this departure. I gave my kids two years notice, we started learning Mandarin, I sold everything worth selling including books that I thought I couldn’t live without, I took on two jobs and latterly, Chris has worked 12 hours a day for 5 days a week + weekends and some evening internet work to save money to go. I’ve rented my house out, sold my car and seen Jess and ... read more
Patti and Vivienne
Shazia' Dinner
Hina, Shazia, Sanha, me and Arzoo

Europe » United Kingdom » England » South Yorkshire » Sheffield July 4th 2008

First stop should be the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which lists eligible countries, application procedures, and any contry-specific variations. This page of the Japanese Embassy in London outlines the requirements and process for UK citizens. And this youtube video gives helpful info on what to put in your application paperwork (and is fairly amusing). Basically, if you are a British citizen, aged 18-25, you can get a working holiday visa for Japan. Once issued, you have 12 months to enter the country, and can then stay for 12 months. In theory there is a quota (no more than 400 issued in a year) but that quota has never yet been reached. In addition, if you are over 25, don't despair, as... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » South Yorkshire » Sheffield July 4th 2008

I'm procrastinating packing, so figured I'd try and explain this . . . Pros - chance to live in Japan for a year!!! How is that not the most amazing thing ever??? - opportunities to learn a new language, engage with a different culture, and all that other stuff that looks good on the CV. - working will enable you to travel for longer elsewhere, as at the very least you could cover the costs of being in Japan, making a potentially expensive part of your itinerary cost-neutral - if you're wanting a year abroad in one place (perhaps you're considering a year in Oz or New Zealand), Japan offers a chance to go somewhere a bit more exotic-seeming, while still earning enough and living comfortably. Cons (or, why they aren't cons really) - Japan is ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » South Yorkshire » Sheffield July 1st 2008

Hi Have just set this up so am just fiddling about and seeing how this works. Let me know if you are able to read this. More later Helenx... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » South Yorkshire » Sheffield June 17th 2008

Tesco Green Wheelie bag will travel. As it's only 14 days until we move out of our house and 48 days until we leave for China, our thoughts have turned to packing and re packing and re re packing. As Chris has been frantically digging, like a dog, in the large box upstairs on the landing, to try to gather all of his equipment together - it's been a dawning lesson to us both as to how we are not going to be able to carry everything that has been bought for our journey (and has yet to be bought). Chris has everything for every eventuality and every possible life enhancing, thrill seeking, heart pounding extracurricular sporting activity, whereas, my mind turned to wonder how I'm going to fit the ever increasing library of books and ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » South Yorkshire » Sheffield May 30th 2008

What kit, jabs etc. are needed is a frequently asked question, and also perplexed me at first. So I thought I'd post my list, and what I got: Essential Kit Rucksack - 45L Regatta £27.99 The next 3 were from Itchy Feet but to be honest I'm not sure I always found the cheapest price, so shop around: Money Belt Micro-fibre towel Swiss army knife Compass Daysack (either small back-pack or satchel: I prefer satchel as it's easier to carry with a rucksack and easier to keep an eye on) - Pacsafe Citysafe 200 Sleepsack (get a silk one off ebay for less than you'd pay for cotton in Blacks) Sunscreen Insect repellant (inc. one with deet for malaria-risk areas) First aid kit: plasters, anti-sceptic cream/wipes, rehydration salts, aspirin/paraceatamol. Make ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » South Yorkshire » Sheffield March 23rd 2008

It was about 6:30-am when I got a text from my friend Sue, asking R U awake? I thought "well I am now". This was the day of the 2008 Egg Run in aid of Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Sue was concerned about riding her bike in the snow which had fallen over night and was looking for a ride as pillion, but on this occasion I couldn’t help her because my back seat was promised to Joanne, Lyn’s daughter. I got the VFR out and headed off to meet up with some of our members at our meeting point, the Blacksmiths at Renishaw. Shortly after 8:00-am, 5 bikes all but one with pillions, left the Blacksmiths and headed to the M1 motorway junction 30 then north to junction 33 where we turned left onto the ... read more
Lyn, James and Joanne
Joanne my Pillion with James
Easter Bunny & Sue

Europe » United Kingdom » England » South Yorkshire » Sheffield March 9th 2008

Starting the count down now. It won't be long until I'm on the other side of the world enjoying sun, sea and the beach (not to mention a distinct lack of work). I can't wait.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » South Yorkshire » Sheffield December 7th 2007

Maybe I'll travel to France next summer: it would be good fun to improve my primitive French, sample the wines and the cafés, and take in some French culture. I think Paris would be a good start, although not sure what camping in a city would be like! Maybe i'd stay in a hostel. At the moment I'm thinking scrap the car, and just walk and catch public transport everywhere, along with a tad of hitch hiking maybe. I think the car would hold me back more than anything in that you always have to come back to where you left it before you can travel elsewhere. The possibility of a barge holiday in Norfolk with friends sounds quite appealing actually, so may look into this further. On another note, i'm off to the Lake District ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » South Yorkshire » Sheffield December 6th 2007

Trying to decide what I want to do next summer before I go to university; I feel I should make good use of the long period of time I have between finishing my exams, on the 20th June, and setting of for uni some time towards the end of September. I don't think I get a much better opportunity to travel - as this is, I would think, what i'll end up doing, in one way or another - than during the break next year; I'll have no work to be doing, I currently have basically nothing planned, and it'd be great to do something before everyone found new friends and interests at university. I've got a bit of money saved up too, so I suppose I should make use of it before I spend it ... read more




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