New title, minor update, random musings

Saturday, July 18, 2009
Alright, let's do these out of order.

First, minor update: When I received my contract in the mail, it was actually from the Daejeon Metropolitan Office of Education. So, despite what I said in my previous post, I will be going to Daejeon, assuming I have no unexpected problems.

I've already bought a plane ticket, and hopefully I'll have my passport back in possession from the Chicago Korean consulate this week. Once I get that, I'm basically 100% good to go.

Next, new title: I'm three posts in and already I've renamed my blog! Anyway, as you see there are two parts to it. "The Great Escape" is indicative of the fact that I'm "escaping" the U.S. of A. Now, don't misunderstand me; it's not that I have any huge issues with the United States or anything like that. It's just that right now, I'm young, I'm a little bored here, and going abroad sounds like a nice escape. I suppose only time will tell how this line of thinking works out.

As for the second part of the title, it's fairly self-evident. I still want this to be a blog about my experiences in Daejeon, and leaving that bit in the title should help my blog's marketability, so to speak. Anyway, I hope I didn't just bore you to death with overanalysis, and feel free to let me know what you think!

Lastly, random musings: I only know a few people in Korea, and they all live in Seoul. I don't know anybody who lives in Daejeon. I wouldn't go so far as to say I'm worried, but I have been wondering how I'll make new friends. I won't be in a college environment anymore, so I'll have to be a bit more proactive perhaps. On one hand, I'm kind of introverted and shy, but on the other hand I feel like I somehow manage to meet cool people wherever I go. Anyway, more encouragement never hurts! (A shout out to my friend Fernanda for giving me some!)

That's all for now. I should probably proof read (I'm pretty tired), but I'm going to pass on that for now. I have another post planned for the near future though, so stay tuned! Until next time...


Earl said...

Here's the Facebook page for a bar in Gungdong, Daejeon--close to Chungnam National University.

toadhjo said...

Thanks for the tip, I'll look into it once I get there!

Bryan said...

Hey, congrats on getting a job!

I just found out I will be working in Seoul (Pyeongchang dong). Anyway, I hope we both have great experiences in Korea. Let me know if you're ever in the area.