I'm getting ready bit by bit to go - I've found dealing with things one at a time is the only way to stop myself going insane. First I sorted my visas, I'm midway through my jabs, and I've done sort of enough research on each place I'm visiting. Writing a blog about it feels extremely big-headed and narcissistic, but I thought it would be a good way to keep my friends and family up to date with various facts, e.g. a) I'm still alive and b) I'm missing you all terribly.
So there, the awkward introduction is over. For those I've bored to death already - sorry, and thanks for reading!