I kept this record so my family could see what I was up to while I was away and so I would remember all the stuff I did later. I ended up spending three years (out of a planned one) learning Mandarin and traveling around the world twice.

If you’re not family or my future self, you can start with one of these links:

Start at the beginning

Start at the end

Why did I quit my job?

Why did I want to study Chinese?