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Sayonara Tokyo, Hello Seoul
Citizen reporter and travel writer David Weber introduces himself to other OMNI forum participants
David Michael Weber (crossfire)     Print Article 
Published 2005-06-23 11:18 (KST)   
Here I write on the eve my journey to Seoul to the first convention of citizen reporters for OhmyNews.

Many of my fellow reporters are no doubt winging their way through the skies as I write this.

A Korean Temple at night
©2005 D. Weber
This is my second trip to Korea. Two years ago I popped over from Japan for a week visit. I started in Seoul and worked my way south through the old kingdom of Silla in Gyeongju to Busan before heading back to Seoul. Had a great time and have been itching to come back. Unfortunately I did not discover until I got back to Japan that the camera I used was not working so all my photos did not turn out. The only photographical evidence I had that I was even in Korea were the tiny cell phone pictures I took.

I've been writing travel stories for several years now. These stories evolved out of mass emails I used to send while living in Egypt. I turned these emails into stories in attempt to amuse my recipients because I'm actually not a fan of long, boring mass emails.

I hope to continue writing my stories both of past and future trips and one collect them into a book or a series of books.

Year of the Rat - my Chinese zodiac sign
©2005 D. Weber
I have been traveling off and on for over 10 years. I started in University by going on a work exchange program to Munich. I followed it up by going to Switzerland the following summer. I broke my leg in a bizarre work-related accident involving heavy machinery and flirting with a Swiss girl. The following summer when my leg finally healed I decided to wisely go with another exchange program and went to England. I spent two months scooping Haagen Dazs ice cream in Leicester Square for three pounds an hour.

Two summers later with my graduate school career going down in flames, I decided to bike through Mexico with a fellow dropout. The bike trek only lasted a week though I stayed Mexico two months. My friend turned out to have ulterior motives -- he planned to secretly fly to Cuba and defect. I, on other the hand, suffered Montezuma's Revenge, sunburn, flat tires, heat exhaustion, a violent mugging, a bag swiping, more than a few good drunk evenings, and financial bankruptcy. It was one of the best times of my life.

Colorful Korean Temple
©2005 D. Weber
A few more adventures befell before I came to Japan that I shall save for another time for the sake of the patience of any readers' here. I've been in Japan for over three years now teaching English. My Japanese isn't very good but my knowledge of Japanese history has increased from nearly nothing to practically native level.

Historical understanding I feel is a major key to respecting other countries and building cultural appreciation. Also when it simply comes to travel, a traveler can more appreciate the places they visit.

So I look forward to the convention and hope to learn a lot while I'm there. I hope to learn that there will be free beer at least.
©2005 OhmyNews
A native Tennesseean, David M. Weber is currently at the grammatical grindstone cranking out gerunds, dangling modifiers and perfecting tenses as an English teacher in Japan. In his travels, he has hiked the Inca Trail, been mugged in Mexico City, broke his leg in Switzerland, attempted to bike through Mexico and failed, climbed Pyramids in Egypt and Mexico, drank great quantities of beer at Oktoberfest and gambled at Monte Carlo.
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