Interview on An Epic Education
One of the great things I have found while travelling the world is meeting like minded people, people who see life as a journey and not the destination, people who enjoy the unknown, the differences and the diversity that is life on Rock 3.
One such person I met via my blog is an American by the name of Jason Jenkins who has been travelling with his family since 2013 and has a pretty cool blog called “An Epic Education” covering his families travels and the challenges of educating their children while travelling. He also has a series of regular podcasts featuring fellow family travellers he has met along the way.
This week he interviews me about our family’s travels through Russia, Japan and Finland, so click on the link below and find out a bit more about our experiences around Rock 3 and what it is like to travel as a family…
2 Degrees of Separation
As an interesting side-note to this interview, my relationship with Jason demonstrates just how small a world it is we live in when you are from New Zealand. We have this joke in New Zealand that we are only separated by 2 degrees and not the normal 6 as no matter where you go, if you meet someone from New Zealand they will always know someone you know or even be related to them, no matter where you meet. Anyway Jason and I met online through our blogs and started chatting about life as an international family and agreed that if we were ever in the same country we would meet up for a beer (or 2). It so happened that Jason’s wife is Japanese and so they have ties to return to Japan regularly for, so while I was there he happened to visit. We arranged to meet in a bar in Roppongi, not far from my home one Sunday evening. Jason coincidentally happened to be staying with another Kiwi mate of his who joined us after he had dinner with his wife. We discussed where we were from, he was from Dunedin at the bottom of the South Island and I am from Blenheim at the top and enjoyed a few beers together as Mainlanders. Once we had finished we wandered towards our homes and stopped at Roppongi Crossing to say goodnight and grab each others contact details as we found we only lived a mere 10 minute walk apart.
Now for some background, at his point I personally knew 2 other New Zealanders (apart from family) in the whole of Japan (Pop. approx 135,000,000), so Jason’s mate was the 3rd. Anyway as we are chatting away before going home he asks if by any chance I knew any of the Kiwis who lived in Minakami, to which I replied “yes, funnily enough I know a guy up there I do some work for”. Turns out him and Jason’s mate were best friends from way back in high school days….
It wasn’t the first time and won’t be the last time, I bet, that I meet another Kiwi who knows someone I know…. it really is a small world after all….