I had read the Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (David Mitchell - no, not the funny one) and wanted to see what i imagined would merely be the spot where the setting for the book, the island of Dejima, had been. I was so excited to see that the whole island was being preserved and restored. It was the first thing we saw when we arrived in Nagasaki and i was very happy.
|feast for 1 at the Basho|
|buttocks on parade|
So, that's the personal professional development money spent for this year (and last) so the mini break fund will have to come out of the R & R allowance from here on in. (Joke! senior management colleagues, Joke!)
Seriously though, it has been great to go to workshops for a bit of training, but it would be so much easier if they were closer to home (and i don't mean the UK!)
The end of term festivities were fun, more whisky was tasted, wine consumed and noraebangs (karaoke rooms) filled with unspeakable screeching. Bob broke his hand along the way, and we limped along to the end of term, just about in one piece. Fog at Gimhae airport threatened to keep us on Korean soil for longer than we intended but, thanks to Korean efficiency and practicality, we managed to get home to Blighty only a few hours later than planned.
We arrived in the UK, tired and happy to be seeing family and beautiful scenery. Jet lag and gloomy, rainy skies ensured we slept a lot for the first few days and Sleeping Beauty seemed an appropriate choice of panto. We stayed in a lovely house in Rhossili and enjoyed being hosts for a change over Xmas. We went out in all weathers and just loved being in familiar surroundings, every break in the clouds was duly hailed as a minor miracle, how blessed we were to be reminded the sun was up there!
After a great New Year's eve in Cheddar - we gate crashed the party in the King's Head, all fancy-dressed up and ready to groove - we went on a gloriously muddy, but sunny, walk on the first day of this year. That final, sunny day had us hankering for the bright, blue skies of Busan again and we were really glad to be heading east again.
|me and my nan|
|Sun setting on my birthday|