In May 2005, I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering. I was dating an all-American girl. I ran my first marathon in 3:00:57. I celebrated graduation with an overpriced dinner, mounds of chocolate cake, and a night on 6th Street in Austin. Job prospects were many. Life was good.
In June 2006, I departed DFW airport to spend a year in Japan teaching English with The AEON Corporation. It was to be my first great experience living in a completely foreign culture. I knew no Japanese. My knowledge of the culture was limited to expat blogs and works of fiction.
June 2nd, 2009. A day that will forever live in infamy, as I cross the threshold from someone in his mid-twenties to officially be a boy in his late-twenties. In an attempt to experience three summers inside of a single year, I left working on a Buddhist monastery in New Zealand to return to Austin, Texas and will try my hand at hosting Couchsurfers rather than being one. I ran 10K this morning, ate a relaxing brunch at Magnolia Cafe, and enjoyed a nice custom sandwich from Whole Foods. Tonight, I will get a shiatsu treatment from a Japanese massage therapist living in Austin, and spend the evening with a few friends. A return to New Zealand may be in the works for September, and I am still seeking employment in Hokkaido.