so far

so far

Part 1 - The one about me leaving

I fly out for Johannesburg* on the 22nd of April. A lot of people have asked me about this trip and I’ve mostly given vague answers, but this is more because I haven’t known the answers. 

The original idea was: teach English/learn Chinese in China, but go on a big trip beforehand. I have a thing for overland travel, so I was looking for a long route that connects to China with minimal flights. Africa + Central Asia interested me the most.

It became obvious pretty quick that right now there isn’t any particularly safe route from Sub-Saharan Africa to China, so the plan was to split it up into two legs, roughly:

and

And I started getting really really excited. I was working full-time hours and getting paid well, so it would be completely do-able. Unfortunately injuries and things happened** so I had to cut it back.

But I had already gotten excited over Africa, so that’s the bit I’m doing! Mostly***.

So what about China and teaching English?

That’s still a thing. In March I did an intensive course called Cambridge CELTA****, so I am qualified for most jobs in China, though I don’t have a degree***** which will make it more difficult.

The 3 options I’m looking at after finishing Africa are:

  1. I fly straight to China and start working/living there.
  2. I fly somewhere in the Middle-East and work there for a time, then continue through Central Asia and end up in working/living China.
  3. I fly home and apply to jobs in China from Australia. Fly back and work/live in China.

3 wasn’t the original plan, but the more I think about it the more I’d be perfectly fine with it and possibly prefer it to 1. 2 is currently the goal though. There are some opportunities for it and I’ll continue to look at that along the trip.

So yeah. Exciting. I’ve done a lot of research, but I still have heaps to do. Not just research, but organising loose ends here at home. I’m worried I’ll miss seeing a lot of people before I leave. Probably why 3 is looking more appealing.

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*via like a million other cities. Look forward to those twitter updates.

**this will be covered in Part 2

***The bombings in Kenya are starting to become regular, which could scare me out of going there, but I still would really love to fit Ethiopia in there. We’ll see. It’s a bit open-ended, but I am 100% doing South Africa through to Tanzania which should take at least 3 months.

****Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults. It was an amazing course. Pretty intense. We had our own class and taught our own lessons and stuff. I was going to devote an entire post to it but decided against it. I’ll probs come back to it.

*****this too will be addressed 

So this will be the first of a group of posts I’ve been wanting to do for a while now, years really. It’s pretty personal, so if you don’t know me I can’t imagine it’ll be too interesting.

It’s getting pretty close to being 5 years since we finished school, and although I still see a fair few people from school, barely anyone knows what I’ve been doing in those 5 years in any real detail. Which really doesn’t feel very good. So I want to fix it!

It’s partly because I don’t really tell anyone anything about myself unless they ask, which can be a good thing, but only up to an extent. When I feel I need to write a group of long text posts just to fill my friends in, it’s gone too far.

The other issue is, sometimes when people ask me about what I’ve been doing I avoid the subject or just flat-out lie. I’ve done this quite a bit (not so much recently) because it hasn’t all been smooth sailing. When things haven’t been going well, hanging out with friends is a good way to relax, or a good way to avoid the problems I have/pretend they aren’t there. Often, the best way to avoid further questions about my life, is to lie about it. This also can be ok, but not at the scale I have done it. 

So yeah. I haven’t planned this out too much, but I think I’ll go in reverse chronological order and see how far I get before I leave.

Part 1 will be about me leaving.

Oh, and if anyone has any questions along the way I will answer them and not lie. Even if I might just answer privately.

1. 소녀시대 - I Got A Boy

1. 소녀시대 - I Got A Boy

2. Girl’s Day - Female President

2. Girl’s Day - Female President

3. Lee Hyori - Miss Korea

3. Lee Hyori - Miss Korea

4. 2PM - A.D.T.O.Y.

4. 2PM - A.D.T.O.Y.

5. T-ara - Number Nine
T-ara’s best song in at least a few years, maybe ever?

5. T-ara - Number Nine

T-ara’s best song in at least a few years, maybe ever?

6. GLAM - I Like That
Holy crap GLAM. Two of the best songs of the year, and they only debuted in 2012. They would get group of the year from me, if I could be bothered to award such things.

6. GLAM - I Like That

Holy crap GLAM. Two of the best songs of the year, and they only debuted in 2012. They would get group of the year from me, if I could be bothered to award such things.

7. f(x) - Rum Pum Pum Pum
I could easily have put them at number one again. These top …9 songs are all pretty even tbh. But this isn’t as amazing as Electric Shock. No complaints though, except for the mv, obviously. 

7. f(x) - Rum Pum Pum Pum

I could easily have put them at number one again. These top …9 songs are all pretty even tbh. But this isn’t as amazing as Electric Shock. No complaints though, except for the mv, obviously. 

8. G-Dragon - Coup D’etat
MV of the year. Even if you don’t try to read into all the symbolism, it’s just so nice to look at. 

8. G-Dragon - Coup D’etat

MV of the year. Even if you don’t try to read into all the symbolism, it’s just so nice to look at. 

9. GLAM - In Front of the Mirror

9. GLAM - In Front of the Mirror

10. Nu’est - Hello
Did I forget to finish this? My bad. I was just building up the excitement or something. Anyway Nu’est is pretty cool. I actually think this song really suits them, despite it being completely different to their debut stuff.

10. Nu’est - Hello

Did I forget to finish this? My bad. I was just building up the excitement or something. Anyway Nu’est is pretty cool. I actually think this song really suits them, despite it being completely different to their debut stuff.

11. Block B - Very Good

11. Block B - Very Good

12. Rainbow - Sunshine

12. Rainbow - Sunshine