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Monday, July 10, 2006

If any one ever told me I'd be celebrating my 25th birtday in Korea, I'd call them a liar. Good thing I didn't place any bets against it.

I have a tendency to mostly down-play my birthday. I don't know when or why exactly, but it mostly just feels like any other day and nothing overly-special. Maybe I'm just afraid that I'll never have a birthday as memorable as the time I was struck by a golfclub on my friend's backswing and rushed to the hospital for stitches... how am I supposed to top that?

I spent a day with my friends, and because of time-differences it made for a looooong birthday which was somewhat interesting, but not as much as the fact that my age didn't technically increase here in Korea. Koreans count age from the year you were born on the Chinese calendar... so since I was born in July 1981, I jumped from 24 to 26 the moment I landed here. I'll be 27 on February 18th, 2007.

They say that traveling abroad is a growing experience... 'they' don't know the half of it.
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