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For as long as I can remember, I’ve longed to travel. Discover new places. Meet new people. Find out what’s beyond the horizon. Satisfy my ever-present curiosity.

I travel regularly for work, but it’s usually to the same places on the world. I’ve been on vacation to other places, but always only for a couple of weeks. Always as a visitor, never really as a nomad.

One of the things I would still like to do is give up life here in the west for a while and just be a nomad for a year or two, with nothing on me but a mid-size backpack. For some reason, I never took a gap year before or after uni.

It’s now actually possible for me to do this – I’ve got some reserves, no debts, no dependents or relationship – but I still struggle with actually going. I’m actually very happy where I am at the moment. Part of me is worried that taking a break will hurt my career, and that it’ll be hard to find a job as good as I have now when I return. So is this just fear for the unknown, should I just not be such a chicken and take that break while I can?

Currently playing: Brandi Carlile – Forever Young


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January 15, 2015 at 17:13

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Reading update

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It’s been a while since I have managed to do a proper book review, so I’m going to just list books rather than produce a lot of prose. Over the last couple of months I read:

We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson

The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein

Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman

The Call of Cthulu and Other Weird Stories by H.P. Lovecraft

Post Office by Charles Bukovski

The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico

Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Pattern Recognition by William Gibson

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January 15, 2015 at 00:45

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