Pre departure musings - 2 Months left.

Trip Start Mar 12, 2008
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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Since I have decided to do this i like nothing better than wasting hours reading other peoples experiences of travel.
I realise that my writing skills are restricted by both my limited use of the language and my complete lack of experience in writing creatively. Being and avid reader does not a good writer make! While in school (and i''m going back 13 years here) writing creatively, i was not exactly competant and it was certainly one of my weaker subjects.
I'm not going to let it become a problem. Yes it would be nice to have a well written journal, that was witty and sentimental and managed to portray the emotions i am going through. Yes it would be double nice if that journal was followed and enjoyed by alot of people.
However, the prime purpose behind starting this journal was to ensure that i had an ever lasting record of what will be an amazing experience.

So if you like what you read, great. If you dont, beleive me i am not going to loose any sleep over it.

That said, I want to be able to come back to this and enjoy it so I am doing some reading to try and improve on my skills and undoubtedly with some practice my writing will improve. I am sure Bill Bryson is shaking in his boots!

Probably more importantly, I have found my flight, 1 way to BKK (Bangkok) from Manchester for 326 - its with Quatar and flies via Doha where i will be stuck for a few hours waiting for my connection. I'm quite pleased with this, hopefully it will be the only flight I need to get for a bit (I'm so looking forward to 15 hour bus trips and 6 hours on the back of a pick up en route to Cambodia) so think this is a bit of a bargain!

Its all change in work too, my boss has left and a new guy takes over tomorrow. I havent been back since Christmas and my Doctor seems to think i have a respiratory infection. Hmm, i am doubtful. Thats not the point though. I am going to resign, a 6 month sabbatical will not give me the time i need, the question I have to answer in my head is as follows. If i go back to work after my sickness, I will be resigning straight away (30 days notice) as I want to have a week before departure to get my shit together. So, should i go back at all or just get my doctor to be a bit more sympathetic?

As yet i'm not convinced either way; I would like to leave on good terms - I might want to work there again! Also i would feel a bit like was letting my guys down, and i dont want to. That said, my heart wouldn't really be in it and it would be noce to get away and be 'relaxed' rather than having to wind down in the first few weeks.

I'll keep you updated,

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