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South America is for the Dogs

Anyone who spends more than, say, 30 seconds around me will hear more than they ever cared to know about my best friend and traveling companion, Sydney, a 4-year-old Australian Shepherd pup. The person in question will then be subjected…

Going for It

I made a decision last week that I hope will have long-term positive consequences; I have decided to begin trying to find an agent for my book idea, Around the World on 80 Couches.  This decision has led to a…

Raining on My Seoul, Part 2

If I’ve learned nothing else since coming to Korea, I’ve learned this: when it rains, it pours. Rainy season began about a month ago, and it only seems to be picking up steam as it goes. Yesterday, my facebook blew…

On Adjusting

Note: Originally written on July 21, 2011, but I did not post it until August 7. The journal entry was never completed, largely because I realized that I didn’t have much to say. Turns out being happiness is a difficult…

A Wild, Wild Week, Part 2

Thursday, Continued The knock on my door interrupted a few moments of quiet reflection. I put Sydney into her travel kennel and let the mover into my apartment. His English wasn’t great, but it was passable. We managed to move…

A Wild, Wild Week, Part 1

I spent a significant portion of today finally getting settled in my new apartment. I’ve even managed to amaze myself* with how well this apartment came together. It’s a nice feeling, seeing everything in place before the hustle and bustle…

Year Zero

“I kind of feel like this is Year One and last year was Year Zero. It was such a unique situation that we walked into last season, it didn’t feel like your first year. I feel like right now, this…

I Love this Country

One of the things that drove me to the brink of madness in Japan was the difficulty of life. It seemed that every seemingly simple task had to be completed with as many unnecessary steps as humanly possible. The Japanese…

The Date is Set

Last Thursday, I sat down with my director to discuss my exit strategy from Korea Poly School (Pentagon officials may want to take notes). I had sent him an e-mail asking what I could do to best help with the…

A Few Bumps and Bruises, No Worse for the Wear

As I set off for work this morning a light rain descended upon Seoul, making an already treacherous bike ride even more so. In the approximately 20 minutes it takes me to get to work by bike, I must dodge…