If there is one thing about my time in Seoul, South Korea that consistently astonishes me it would have to be the fact that I am literally living in the future. Most of my waking hours are spent going about my life one day ahead of everyone I know back home. This observation has led me to (probably too frequently) refer to Seoul as Tomorrowland, a place where that singing orphan’s song about the sun coming out soon does not apply. Tomorrow is not only a day away, it is actually already here. While that probably doesn’t bode well for those musically-inclined children looking for parents, I for one am having a great time living in the land of the rising sun.*
I’ve set up this blog because I know how hard it is going to be to keep in contact with everyone back home. A 14-hour time difference doesn’t exactly make communication easy. I have a skype account (ID: andrewbrown1223) and I check my e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) pretty religiously, but hopefully by reading this you will all rest safe and sound knowing that I have not been kidnapped by Kim Jong-il. Yet.
*I know that the land of the rising sun is actually Japan, but Korea has millions of trademark/copyright violations glowing in neon lights so I don’t feel too terrible forcing Japan’s nickname upon the country and it really fits for Korea as well.