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Some photos from Shikoku Day 6 and some personal updates-

In the past I wrote about going to Sweden, wondering if I should do it or not. In case I haven't mentioned it, I am going for sure. I have been acceped to my first choice, and I will be spending next year in Karlskrona, in the south of Sweden. As far as I can figure, the area very much resembles Disneyland.

Tomoe will be leaving Tokyo as well, being sent to USA by her company for six months. She still doesn't know where in the US, but she does know that she will need a driving liscense. She is busy now with work, her training courses, and her $3000 driving-school courses.

Since we will both be leaving, we have to get rid of a lot of stuff. The birds and a few other large items will go to her parents house for storage, but some things have to go. We still have the table, the washing machine, the refridgerator, and the massage chair if anyone wants them. We also have a ton of books I will list on the site if I have time.

I've been pretty busy lately with work stuff, trying to get my last big project done early so I can go to Sweden early and look for an apartment. I applied for one of the student housing facilities, but found there is a 300 day waiting list, so I guess I'll head over there early with my tent and live with the moose until I find an apartment.

I haven't "officially" mentioned it yet, but I cracked and bought the new Nikon D70 DSLR camera. I'm still not used to it, and it takes more work than my fully automatic Lumix. Of course the D-70 also has automatic mode, but I am making a real effort not to use it. At first I wasn't really pleased with the results, but several people seem to think my pictures are getting better, despite the fact that I never told them I had a new camera, so it looks like it may have been worth it. Last week I had beers with James from consumptive.org, who apparently knows more about photography than I even knew existed to be known. I learned a lot, and have already started incorporating some of what I learned into my latest photos, which, considering the backlog, should be on the site in oh... three of four months.

Comments

Love the shots of shikoku. It looks likke you had a fantastic trip!! At Bondi Books we are crying out for Japan fiction at the moment so if you have any we would be more than happy to pay you cash for them.
Josh

I was planning on taking them in to you. This was just a test to see if you still read my site. :)

Hi Kevin. Been following both your musings on changing your direction in work and the discussions about seeking positive directions in life. It seems you and I have very similar goals. For quite some time now I've been looking for a way to move on to working directly in the environment, possibly taking time out, like you, to study environmental education in possibly New Zealand or Australia. But I'm curious about Sweden. I've heard good things about the programs there from a number of people and would like to hear a bit more from you about why you chose Sweden.

I traveled by bicycle with my wife through Sweden back in 1995, as one lef in our 6 month journey across northern Europe. It is perhaps one of the few countries I've seen where the human population actively makes a strong effort to balance human activity with the health of the natural world. It looks like a strange combination of Europe and America. My wife and I loved it so much we were seriously considering moving to Sweden, but couldn't figure out how we were going to make money... always a deciding factor.

When are you leaving, by the way?

Butuki,

My choice to go to Sweden was based on sevearl factors, the least of which was actually the fact that it's a good place to study environmental studies.

1) I have spend some time studying Swedish language on my own and in University, and have been interested in Sweden for some time (since a girfriend in high-school came from Sweden)

2) My sister actually went to Sweden for school last year (she's still there), and it reminded me that the option exists.

3) In Sweden the tuition is free. I wasn't sure if I could justify paying the outrageous US tuition rates. I am not sure how good the education is, although I think it will be what I make of it. I am sure that the university has less name value than if I paid big bucks to go to some big brand school in the US, but since I am not looking to land a job with a big company, I don't think I need the brand-name on the degree.

4) When I started looking at schools, it was basically because I wasn't satisfied with what I was doing at the time. It had no value to me. I actually spent a long time looking at schools for other computer related things. Not because I wanted to, but because I felt that that is what my specialty is, so I am stuck with it... after a while, I realized that I still have the chance to wipe everything clean and go to school for something I actually care about, even if I have no experience in it. That is when I switched to environmental studies. By that time though, I had already been looking at Sweden as a possibility.

Congrats on the decision to go to Sweden. I'm sure you won't regret it.

I look at your site on a daily basis and am amazed at how often you update and the volume of each update. Thoroughly enjoyable. And i also hope that readers on my blog click through from your link on my page and take a look. I know a number of my regulars are also looking at your site!!

Kev,

Glad to see you'll be shifting around again. I look forward to pics of the Swedish bikini team. I'll be sure to visit since now I'll have more time - or vacation that is...going to law school in the fall. Also I have a website that I found that you might like. It's . Some good links, information etc...

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