(Meta: note the related changes in the blog title.)
I have now left Daegu for good, by which I mean for the foreseeable future.
According to a fancy online calculator, since I arrived the following amount(s) (does that parenthetical plural bring up interesting questions or what?!) of time have passed:
2 years, 3 months, 27 days OR
848 days OR
20352 hours OR
1221120 minutes OR
you get the point.
I'm not going to get all sappy-retrospective here.
With the exception of the following:
I still recall leaving Atlanta after Thanksgiving 2006 and not having a clue what I was getting myself into. And now, I've spent the last 10 days bumming around Seoul and Daegu, seeing a different friend or group of friends - almost all Korean! - every night. I've become so used to this place - the language, the people, the food, the cities - that I can hardly imagine being anywhere else for any stretch of time. My experience here has been fantastic beyond even my most optimistic expectations. I am trying to elaborate on that statement, but it feels so hard to do it justice.
두 마디로 말하자면: 한국, 고마워.