In 15 days I leave for Japan to spend four weeks backpacking around with my friends, squandering all my money on sake, and generally trying to forget that I am half way through writing an engineering honours thesis that I don’t know will ever be finished. In six months I am heading to England, to the University of Nottingham, to finish my fifth and final year of tertiary study as an exchange student. Eventually this blog will become one of the most important links I will have to all the family and friends I will leave over here. At the moment though I’m simply aiming on getting used to posting entries often, I’ve never kept a journal before, so my first few posts will likely be quite erratic. Hopefully I’ll get the hang of it, so when I do go away you guys can keep up to date with what’s going on, any maybe not miss me quite so much (that’s you especially mum).