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Monday, August 17, 2009


Well, due to some issues totally beyond my control and in fact completely unrelated to me, the school mentioned in the previous post will be unable to provide me with a work visa for the upcoming semester. They have said, however, that they will keep my position open until next semester (which starts in March) and would be happy to employ me then. They'll even let me start my contract with a month of paid vacation as an apology.

What does this mean?

It seems to me that I have two choices. Actually, I have a multitude of choices, but I will organize the attractive ones into the following two groups:

1) Chill out in Korea for a few months, maybe taking classes and just hanging out with friends.

2) Take the chance to travel again to, say, Burma (1 friend there), Indonesia (1 friend there), Taiwan (1 friendly family there), Japan (1 set of parents' friends there), Thailand (several friends), Italy (1 friend), India (just sweet), or China (also sweet?). I still have Korean money to burn and, knowing that I'll have a job in the near future, it doesn't seem over-the-top to extend my fauxbauxing even more. You know what I'm sayin?


Laura said...

What about your two friends in the UK?? Do you want to go to Oktoberfest with us??

no rules, just right said...

I'll be in Australia Dec 31 - Jan 11th...Likely with my girlfriend, but you know you want to see down under...

Sad she missed you in DC said...

I vote Japan. For no real reason other than that Haruki Murakami's books intrigue me. Hopefully you don't think they're lame.

Mike said...

Marisa, I presume.

Not having read any,I have no official position on Murakami's books. What I can tell you, though, is that I read "When Nietzsche Wept" and listened to some of "Galileo's Daughter" and tried to read "Wittgenstein's Mistress" and I think I even found a book called "Schopenhauer's Telescope" or something. So what I'm saying is that I've largely given up on the "fiction that mentions a famous author/intellectual in the title" genre. This means that I avoided Murakami's "Kafka on the Shore" and other works in book shops, apparently to my own detriment. ㅜㅜ