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19 Jun 2004: Exit Strategy

I had no idea at the time, but when I arrived in Japan for a six-month secondment, I was leaving one life and starting another. A lot has changed here at Camp Joel since I disembarked at Narita on January 21, 2000. Since then, I've met a lot of great people, learnt Japanese, experienced another culture and settled into a completely different life in a galaxy far, far away. And there, ladies and gentlemen, is the rub: Settled.

Imagine seeing the sun rise and the sun set, and then observing that nothing of note has happened in between. Now imagine that every day. Change is an important commodity; the last couple of years had been a bit too predictable for my tastes and thus I decided it was time to do something about that this year.

Going on some great trips - Hokkaido, Kyushu and next month New Zealand - was part of that. Plus getting married was no small thing. But keep going, don't stop now. Tell you what, let's move to the UK. And so, Aki and I are leaving Japan and relocating to England in the next few months. Plans are not finalized yet but we're likely to be living around London.

Aki and I will be leaving our jobs at the end of this month. We don't have any employers waiting for us in the UK, but hey you don't get to make life changes without taking on board at least a little risk. I don't know exactly what I'm going to be doing yet, but I do know that I'm going to continue working within IT.

I've had a lot of fun in Japan and I will certainly miss being here.... but it's time to go. At least I know, this time, that I'm leaving one life and starting another.