After an epic 6 months I came home to the UK for a month while I processed my visa for Australia. The one place I had been dreaming of visiting since I was young. Like anything when you are waiting, time goes really slowly and I seem to be holding my breath for an eternity! December 1998 my visa came through, my flight was booked and I was back in Heathrow airport waiting for the…

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So what now? My world had opened up, and I was eager and excited to explore. I took a 2 week holiday to Thailand with 2 friends I had made in Japan, then it was back to the UK. I had been back for 12 days when I was packing my bag again. I had been introduced to a woman running beauty salons on ocean liners. We had a conversation, she put me through for…

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