August 21, 2012
OK, first thing’s first:
WHAT THE HELL IS A WAEGOOK?
외국: waegook – the Korean word for “foreign”.
So, basically, Waegook Tom is “foreign Tom”.
Now on to the good stuff. I’m a 27 year old (my birthday is on August 13th, mark it on your calendar) English man from a teeny-tiny little village called Leathley in North Yorkshire. I grew up on a farm, but always craved adventure. I’d sit on the stairs with my Nana Strawb and pretend that I was riding a magic carpet that would take us to some far-flung destination. Instead of playing outside with a football, I’d have my nose buried in an atlas. I was a little boy who could tell you the locations of Aachen and Zagreb, but not what the off-side rule was.
I lived and worked in South Korea as an English teacher for almost four years, starting in June 2009, and will finally embarked on my round-the-world trip in March 2013 after abolishing the last of my evil credit card debt.
From January 2014, I’ll be a resident of Taiwan, and will no doubt be bemused by Mandarin, entertained by my students, incapacitated by the local alcohol, enthralled with corners of the country I’ve never heard of, make a few trips to nations I’ve never been to, and, of course, eat all the food.