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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

설명 못 하겠다

(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.

6 comments:

Dave said...

Well said.

Jamal said...

Unfair! Translate the last line.

jeff said...

This sounds so parental and cheesy, but for a minute let me put aside all my sarcastic, inside-joke posts and say this: Mike, I'm really proud of what you've seen, accomplished, and risked since the last time we saw each other in Virginia, years ago. I can't wait to see you.

Mike said...

Jamal, I didn't translate the last line because that's the internet's job. Takes under 30 seconds. Also, I figured Jeff would do it. Speaking of whom:

Wow, I didn't know Jeff could put away his sarcastic, inside-joke posts.

Apparently I can't.

thesnowleopard said...

Korea thanks you too, 2째 마 ~ 미국 가서 뚱뚱이 조심!

jeff said...

Speaking to two words: South Korea, thanks.