Back in the land of the living
G'day, I'm an Aussie who has returned home after being on the road for quite some time. 2 yrs ago I was living in Chino, Nagano-ken, Japan where I was teaching English. This was my second stint in Japan where I previously lived in Utsunomiya for 1 year and almost 2 1/2 years in the wilderness of Hokkaido (Kushiro to be precise).
Before Japan I was doing the London working holiday thing for 18mths and a long, long time ago when I was in High School I did an exchange for a year to Huskvarna, Sweden (home of Husqvarna sewing machines and motor bikes).
So as a teenager I caught the travel bug and am having a bit of trouble trying to shake it. (Not that I'm trying very hard though).
In between stays in Japan I decided it was time to see Canada. I started off in May 2003 and bicycled 4000km from Vancouver to Thunder Bay where my knees decided to pack it in. So then I flew to Carleton Place just outside of Ottawa to visit a friend.
I popped over the border to NYC for a quick 10days and then flew back west to Whistler BC for the ski season. Great place - highly recommend it! Seeing as I was in the vicinity of baseball legend Ichiro Suzuki I thought I'd pop over the border to Seattle and take in a game. Those guys at the border are really suspicious of everyone these days - for about 20mins I thought they weren't going to let me in. Fortunately the power of Ichiro was too great to resist.
So I've been home 2 yrs now, and since I've been back I've still managed to go on a cruise to Tonga, Fiji and New Zealand, spend a month in China, a week at the beach in Malaysia and Xmas on Norfolk Island with the family. Now if I can only scrounge enough money up to get myself to a decent snowfield somewhere I wouldn't be happier.