I had good reason to expect 2017 to be a weird year for me but it caught up with me so fast I didn't even have time to fully comprehend just how much is happening.
For one, I managed to get a PhD position and full 4 year scholarship at the Max Planck institute in Dresden, Germany. I'm starting in September. I've thoroughly enjoyed my interview week there and am looking forward to it, even though the magnitude of what's expected of me is honestly frightening. The voice in my head reminding me that I'm not a scientist, just a graphic designer really wanting to be one won't shut up. I wonder if it ever will?
This is, at the same time, the year my three week Japan trip was finally meant to happen; and I was so overwhelmed with the whole PhD matter that suddenly it's April and I realized that holy shit I'm flying to Tokyo the day after tomorrow
. It's been a dream destination for me since my early teens so I had ample time to obsess about what I'd do once I'm there, but now that it's a thing that's happening I'm completely empty and open as to what it will be like. I've tried to compile a list of concrete things I want to do (it boils down to "eat all the ramen, buy all the things") but honestly I'll just have to take it in stride.
I'll try to document my journey (Tokyo, Kyoto, Uji, Hiroshima, Hakone) with some pictures I'll post here, if anyone is interested: pachiinjapan.tumblr.com/