I went to Asia for work. A conference in Tokyo where I could present my research was a good reason to head east, and then I decided to combine the trip with a visit to Taipei for more astronomical research, after which I would travel back to Japan for some holiday.
I had feared that my month away would be just a long sweaty mess. Weather forecasts before I left suggested that Tokyo would be brutal and Taipei would be horrifically brutal, with no respite from heat and humidity until I returned to London. It turned out quite differently: Tokyo was just overcast, very humid but not very hot. And Taipei was pretty amazingly hot but not the furnace I'd built it up in my mind to be. Still, I was happy to be staying in a place with air conditioning not too far away from the air conditioned office I was in at the National Taiwan University.