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Deep and dirty (and thoughts on an epic trip)

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August 23, 2011 | 10:50pm
Mood: I've got dreams.

I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my new computer: an ASUS U36JC. 13.3" screen, 750GB HDD, 8GB RAM. It will be the best computer I've ever owned, and I'm especially excited because I did all of the research myself. I looked for reliable computers, I read the reviews and tests, I compared prices and computers. And it's a big buy: over 1,000,000 won. And by "excited" I mean "incredibly nervous." What if I didn't choose the right laptop? What if I made the wrong decision? What if there's something wrong with it? I live in Korea. There's no ASUS help center in Gwangju, and possibly not even in the country. I'd be screwed.

It seems to me that I am projecting general life issues on this. I'm sure my new laptop will be marvelous.

This morning I was in the shower, talking to myself in Russian (as I am apt to do), and said the word "cham." I realized it wasn't a Russian word, but I forgot what language it was. Was it a French word? I asked myself. Korean? English? I then panicked for a moment, wondering what language I was speaking, let alone thinking in. It was rather terrifying, I must admit.

I really, really, really hate my job. I love teaching but I really dislike my school. And my schedule. I'm going to try to find another job, preferably in Gwangju. Ideally I'll be studying at the university in the mornings and working in the evenings, but who knows if that'll happen. Gotta start getting my documents in order...

On that note, I've been fantasizing about a post-contract trip. When I finish my job, I think I will go on a backpacking adventure around Asia. Here's a list of the places I want to go.

- Nepal, India, Sri Lanka.
- Myanmar for one month. No airplanes, I will take buses and any transportation that doesn't support the junta.
- Borneo. Hike Mt. Kinabalu, visit Brunei/Malaysia/Indonesia.
- Indonesia for a few weeks. Java, Yogyakarta, Bali, Aceh, Jakarta.
- Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia. Beaches, Hanoi, Angkor Wat, temple temples temples.
- Philippines for a few weeks. Cebu, Manila, and spend at least a month on some obscure island, writing and sunning.
- China. Tibet, Beijing (hike and sleep out on the Great Wall), Shanghai.
- Mongolia again, because I love it and maybe I'll be able to find a job there. Alternatively I'll hitchhike across the country and visit the Gobi desert.
- Trans-Siberian Railroad. Russia Russia Russia! Stop in Irkutsk, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk. Get my CELTA in Moscow. Go back to the states a better man.

I could probably afford all of this right now. Time to buy some tickets...

Other trips I've dreamed of: biking across the USA, hiking the Appalachian trail. Central Asia/Eastern Europe of course.

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.sara.

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from: andendquote
date: August 23, 2011 06:57pm (UTC)
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it's freakin amazing that you know so many languages so well that you think and speak in them randomly. like in the shower.

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: August 23, 2011 11:35pm (UTC)
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haha, talking to yourself is a great way of practicing a language. I used to study for Russian tests this well. "I'm walking down the street. I'm crossing the street. I'm passing by the building." :P

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Katarzyna

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from: katenokmur
date: August 24, 2011 12:08pm (UTC)
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It's an interesting idea. I think I should try it too! :)

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: August 24, 2011 01:48pm (UTC)
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You should! It's a great method for practicing :)

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from: cdean.wordpress.com
date: August 24, 2011 05:58am (UTC)
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I can't help with much of this, but....

The Boy wants to bike the Katy Trail across Missouri (KC to STL) with me in October. If that doesn't kill me...let's plan to do the whole damn country next. It'll be The Silent J-Club 4 all over again. This time with less prep and more finished product.

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: August 24, 2011 12:05pm (UTC)
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Haha, that would be amazing. I'd love to do that. I'm nowhere near ready to bike a state, let alone a country, so I've gotta do some prep work... to make that product.

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