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 26 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 they were 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’ve been living and working in South Korea as an English teacher since June 2009, and will finally be embarking on my round-the-world trip in March 2013 after abolishing the last of my evil credit card debt.
My goal is to travel to every inhabited continent (sorry, Antarctica) before I’m 30: Asia, Oceania and Europe have been checked off, so just three more to go.
“I recently moved to Daejeon late July (from the US) and have been dying to find a good blog about Korea (and Daejeon). I am not sure how I stumbled upon yours, but I have been browsing thru your blog for the last hour or so now. It’s just what I was looking for! I just wanted to give you a shout out or thank you, in the least.” – Dana, Daejeon via Wichita
“Hey Tom. I’m literally loving your blog and read the articles every time it gets update. You are so talented in writing what you’ve learn and think and I’m so enjoying it!” – Sungdo, Busan
“For those with the desire and love for travel, we can get a good glimpse of South Korea and other places via Waegook-Tom.I think it’s amazing that someone like Tom gets to travel the world and experience a new culture everyday. I couldn’t be more inspired to get out there and experience the world more often.” – John M., Travel Enthusiast & Social Media Manager at Casinotop10.net