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March 21st, 2010 | categorizilation: all categories,Post-2008

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Hi there.

It has been a while.

And as you can see, for the first time in many months, I have started blogging again.

I hope you don’t mind.

You see, on the 2nd of April (12 days away), I will be moving to Japan with the intention of living there for at least three years.


Big move.

I’m not going alone, and I’m not going with a lack of plans. I’m going there with my wife Haidee, and I’m going there to study at Nagoya University towards a Masters degree in international development (more info on how all that happened later).

Anway, I just wanted to say that I’m pretty sure that the 14degrees blog is going to continue less as an around-the-world-human-powered-adventure blog, and more of an experiencing-Japan-life-in-Japan-study-in-Japan experience blog. The idea will be to share:

  • Interesting news reports on what is happening in Japan and Japanese society (videos, article summaries etc).
  • Little knooks and crannies of Nagoya City, including food, sightseeing, and general life info.
  • Nagoya University happenings.
  • General travel in Japan, with me as your guide-person.

As always, there will be plenty of photos and videos to gorge on.

I imagine that there will be a fairly big shake up in the way the blog looks and is organised, as the part about the 14degrees journey becomes more of an archived part of the site (of course it will still be totally accessable in its entirety).

In the mean time, I will be writing up blogs from the honeymoon, before I hit Japan in less than two weeks time. I hope you enjoy.

Slope Point (southern-most point of the South Island), New Zealand

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Comment by Andy Solaini — March 22, 2010 @ 6:46 am | post a comment

Rob congratulations on getting married.

It's great to have you back wirting on your blog again.

I long to visit Japan some day when I have enough money so I will be very interested to experience some of it through your upcoming posts. I have a freind who moved to Nagoya 3 weeks ago and he says it's amazing.

Will you be doing any cycling in Japan?

Andy S

Comment by Rob Thomson — March 22, 2010 @ 1:33 pm | post a comment

Hi Andy,

I'll be getting a bike at some stage for sure. No big plans for any travelling by bike at this stage, but we shall see. I loved cycling around some of Shikoku (the smaller of the main islands) before setting off on my trip. Photos here, in case you didn't know: http://www.flickr.com/photos/14degrees/sets/72057…

Japan has some amazing coastal scenery, with so many really interesting fishing communities. I was invited in to stay a few times, along with being recruited for an early morning squid fishing mission by a couple of fishermen who discovered me camping on a dock.

Touring by bike in Japan is really cheap, by the way. You can free-camp almost anywhere – city parks, sea-side spots, public toilets (ultra clean)…


Comment by Kirk — March 22, 2010 @ 9:46 pm | post a comment

Congratulations on your wedding. I am glad you are back to blogging too. I look forward to seeing your further adventures together. Life is a wonderful journey. May the Lord bless your marriage and your adventures together.

Comment by Saben Emmons — March 24, 2010 @ 10:56 am | post a comment

Congrats on getting married and your future plans. It's so strange. You were a huge inspiration to our trip and now the day that our trip is over (Apr 2) you start on a new adventure of your own!

Good luck to you,


Comment by Steve Ruelle — April 3, 2010 @ 8:14 pm | post a comment

Congrats Rob on the wedding! I've been following this blog off and on over the last few months and I think this is an excellent move you're doing. Please keep us updated!

Comment by ChrisJ — April 6, 2010 @ 2:23 pm | post a comment

Hi Rob,


I look forward to seeing your take on Nagoya. We might even be able to compare notes at some point. I was there for a few years as you know!

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