I have been trying to sort out my travel plans for 2013. Last year I spent 144 days away from home and I don’t want to travel quite that much this year. Since 2007 I have attended three Perl conferences a year, but I don’t think that I will be able to attend YAPC::EU this year. It doesn’t coincide with any family events and it’s expensive to fly to the Ukraine from Tokyo. Actually, it’s noticeably more expensive to fly to anywhere from Tokyo this year. I do plan to attend YAPC::NA in Austin in June and YAPC::Asia if it is held in Japan. I also want to attend some TPF Community events that should take place in Europe around the time I am there for my aunt’s wedding in May.
Although I travelled a lot last year I didn’t actually manage to have much of a holiday with Marty. We have been been talking for a while now about seeing more of Asia while we live in this part of the world. We haven’t been that great at doing that but we have booked a holiday around our wedding anniversary which will take us to China and South Korea.
I started the next level of my intensive Japanese class a couple of weeks ago. It’s utterly brain melting. I was unsure about doing this as I’m flying to Europe on Monday for a family birthday. I’m really looking forward to catching up with people but I’m not looking forward to missing two weeks of this term. I am going to miss a lot of material and I will be expected to somehow cover this myself while travelling. When I get back I’m also going to have to find time to complete the 10 hours of written homework, the two essays, the three kanji tests, and the two weekly tests that I will have missed.