Usually I don't bother with these things, since I am lazy, lazy, lazy. But Rebecca tagged me to tell you five things about myself, based on posts I've written over the last year.* So here goes nothing:
1. I took two Japanese language classes, but my Japanese still sucks. However, I made two new invaluable friends in the process.**
2. I made an inordinate number of excursions to Toronto, having travelled travelled there no less than five times, in the first half of the year. The Great Travelling Julie Roadshow also went to Montreal, and Vancouver and Winnipeg.
3. Oh yeah: I moved to Japan. Further travel has since ensued: Kyoto, Himeji, Hiroshima and Miyajima in one fell swoop, Tokyo, and Bali, as well as Gujo-Hachiman, Seki, Mino, Yoro, and Nagoya (many times), also all in Japan, and Gili Air and Taipei during my recent Christmas travels (all referenced, but yet unblogged at any length).
4. I also turned 30, but who's counting, anyway?
5. I'm an earthquake junkie, and was pleased to experience two small quakes last year alone. I still rue the one that got away, however...
Now I think I am supposed to pass this along, but I don't know many people who have had a blog long enough to do this justice (well, that, and who might actually respond). Well, let's try you, you, you, you, and, uh, either you or you (it's worth a shot) on for size.
* This took way too long. Instead of thinking about what I've written about and picking five things (which would have taken five minutes), I sucked myself into reading every post I wrote over the last year. It was interesting but it took about 2 hours and, man, am I ever starving!!! Furthermore, in compiling this list, I made a discovery. I discuss the weather far more than could possibly be healthy. A few samples: here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. If nothing else, my dad is sure to be proud.
** Simon informed me before the holidays that he is never updating the site again (to which I respond "never say never") so don't wait with bated breath. You can go say hello to Elliott instead.