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Justice chapter 29 has gone to the betas. Chapter 30 is underway. Karate one-shot or short-story-- dunno which it will be-- is also underway.

I went and sat on the beach last night with some friends. I haven't done that in years. I wonder why not? I live so close to the ocean and several beautiful parks, yet I only go to four places regularly besides home: work, the gym, the supermarket and Starbucks. How did I get so boring? I really should try to enjoy nature more often. It just never occurs to me.

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Yay for the good news! Knowing how detailed you tend to write your stories, I bet it will rather be a short story with several parts than a oneshot, right? hehe. I'm totally fine with that ;D

Oooh you live close to a beach? *-* Lucky you! I have to drive for a few hours to get to the ocean, and then it's only the cold North Sea with ugly, stony beaches. :(
But maybe I shouldn't complain - I live in a very green city after all, with lots of parks, gardens, lakes and even a big forest right in the middle of the city (but my laziness makes me prefer the balcony most of the time xD).

Yeah, I'm so close to the beach that I can walk there in a matter of minutes. Our beaches are stony and the waters are really cold, but I love the smooth round white and grey marble stones, I collected a few when I was there, so I can have a reminder of the beach in my hot downtown office. All of our ocean beaches have beautiful misty mountains and hills beyond their waters. The Olympic mountains in the USA state of Washington figure large in our BC vistas, at least in my part of the province.

I have the same laziness problem that you do. We have to get over it somehow! Do you have any ideas?

I think the only thing that really helps is to go out with friends, so basically the same thing that you did. :D
Or, as it just happened to me, have a group of noisy construction workers work on the house wall right next to the balcony, so that it's neither a quiet nor a peaceful place anymore. xD (Thank God I just fleed to London for a few days!)

You know I have relatives in London I could stay with, but then I think about the packing and the long flight and what to do about my clients while I'm gone and the idea fades out.

I hope you're enjoying London and getting some good shopping opportunities. Is it peaceful?

Really? How cool! I don't know anyone here :D
Yeah it's great here, and such nice weather! It's a bit exhausting too because we walk around a lot for sightseeing, but with these temperatures, it's fun.

Thankfully I don't have such a long way to London ;D

Yes, you Europeans can drive for forty minutes and be in another country! Well, maybe it takes a little longer than that to get from Germany to the UK unless you fly. But you could visit several countries in one day!

Canada is so big that it takes forever just to get a fraction of the way across the country. I live close to the US, but it takes a long time to get there, too.

Yup, we Europeans are lucky people :D
Well, we needed about one hour by plane from Germany to the UK, but with all that checking in, checking out, and various controls to make sure that we were not carrying a nail cleaner or other potential weapons with us, it took a few hours longer than that. My sister, who recently went to England by train, ferry and bus, needed about a day to get there.

But on the other hand, you have so much more space and nature in Canada! In Europe, everything is so small and crowded. And once you drive into a certain direction for too long, you encounter a borderline to another country - which means another culture, another language, sometimes even customs controls or currency exchange... Some people find it exciting, others find it stressful :D

Flying from Germany to the UK sounds like traveling from Vancouver Island to the the mainland. First you drive or take the bus to the ferry, which takes about an hour for the bus, less for driving. Then you wait to board the ferry, assuming it isn't late. Then there is the 90 minute ferry ride, followed by docking procedures, then you either drive off the boat, or walk off and catch a series of city buses and /or skytrains. It takes about three or four hours. But at least no one confiscates our nail files or water bottles!

Yes, we have space and nature. You would think that after living in Tokyo, I would go outside and enjoy the space and the nature whenever possible, but I don't. I tend to enjoy it in passing only. I seem to lead a mostly indoor kind of life. After all, there's nowhere to plug in my laptop in the great outdoors!

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