And so the rollercoaster starts to climb...

Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
Trip End Dec 15, 2011

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

That's it now, I've done it, I've handed in my resignation at work after my 2 applications for a career break weren't approved. I understand why, there is so much going on here that just letting people go is not on the cards, but they can't stop me from leaving. It is hugely encouraging that the head of department re-iterated what he said a few weeks back - that when I return from my travels I should get in touch as I'd be missed. This is a very nice way to leave a good company, and there are lots of people I will miss.

Certainly the desire to leave and get out of Manchester was strengthened today after I received an email from my ex.  It was actually a lovely email, but one that has left me feeling very sad and tearful once again when I thought I was feeling stronger.  These unsolicited emails are difficult because I know that reading it will be like poking myself in the eye with a stick, but I can't not read it.  I haven't replied. I want to, I want us to get back together with all my heart but I don't think that sentiment will be returned.

The trip is booked, I've had nearly all of my injections (had 2 more yesterday and just a boost due in Feb) I'm trying to get my visas sorted out now - oh so many visa's! which involve invitation letters among other complications, and also the rest of my kit. It seems that our arctic winter here is almost a good place to practice standing outside and seeing how cold I can get because all weekend Irkutsk was -38 !! Argh!! If I go outside on a day like that I may well be wearing ALL of my clothes and looking like a Michelin Man. Why anyone that lives there never thought it would be a good idea to migrate somewhere warmer is beyond me! If birds fly south in the winter, why not people who live in a Yurt and wear sheep skins? I'll rely on the fact that if they're warm enough in a tent and some skins then me in my synthetic, high tech, modern day materials will somehow cope.  Does this make me sound worried? Certainly -38 probably isn't ideal but I see that it's warmed up to -8 today...good oh.

Just over 7 weeks to go now....
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