It’s almost Christmas, and then New Years, my first Christmas and New Years in the UK for four years. Last year was Seoul and Seoul, the year before Langkawi, Malaysia and Singapore, and the year before that Palawan and the White Beach, Philippines.

I miss tropical beaches! And desire plans for the future…especially with regard to future employment.

My Christmas will be taken up with essay writing- one on Meiji imperialism, the other on contemporary Japanese foreign policy. Interesting topics, but still intense work. The year is only 3 months done- 25% of my Masters is almost complete. What should I do after? How will I earn money for more travel around the world? Questions that need answers, in the next nine months.