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Hello all,
We are home from the Philippines – have been for about a week now, but we’re just getting around to editing the pictures/videos and getting some posts up to the site. We’re weeding out the not so great pictures and will be uploading them as soon as we can.

Things might look a bit different with photos from now on because we’re starting to use Flickr to host them. This shouldn’t change much in terms of how you find or see the pictures except that it should be faster (most of the time) and much less of a hassle on our end. (That’s the hope at least…) Assuming all goes well with the photos from the trip we’ll gradually move all of the older photos over to the flickr account as well. So look forward to that, although you shouldn’t really be able to tell of a difference if I do my job correctly :)

Today marks the beginning of our last month in Korea :( We’re not sure exactly what day we will leave Korea but it will be sometime around March 1st and we’ll definitely be out of the apartment by February 27th or so. We will keep you posted on the details when we find out. As it stands right now we’re still planning on traveling to China and Southeast Asia for about 6 weeks after we leave Korea …. in a month. (Wow, we better start planning!!)

Last week we finished teaching! That’s right, a full month before the end of our contract and after coming back from 3 weeks off, we taught one week and now are finished teaching! Crazy! We were supposed to also teach this week but for some reason all classes were cancelled, so we’re off the hook – although we do have to go to school for a few hours every morning. Next week is graduation, so we’ll have some “normal” days then but still not teaching. After the 10th (Graduation) we’re not sure what we’ll be up to or if we’ll have to come in to work at all. That time is typically another vacation/transition time before the Spring semester starts. So we’ll see! We will definitely miss this job and how good they are to us. (and there’s really no excuse now for us to not get the pictures up soon….)

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We’ve been talking a lot about what this year and the coming years will bring and the only thing that we know is that nothing is certain. Where will we live? What will we be doing? Questions like these are constantly in our conversations and thoughts now-a-days. It’s a strange feeling to have such an unusually clean slate on which to re-start. It’s simultaneously terrifying and exciting! – but every day we move closer it shifts more to the later. It’s going to be great! So, I know it’s a little late, but we’re welcoming in 2010 and holding on tight, it’s going to be a pretty crazy (and wonderful) ride!



1 Bill and Willa { 02.02.10 at 3:31 am }

You are both very brave to take off for China for 6 weeks? Be careful out there in the world of such a different culture.
WE are fine here in Galesburg, altho ready for spring as it has been so0o cold.
Love and prayers for your safety.

2 Chad { 02.05.10 at 9:55 am }

@Bill and Willa – Yeah, we’re not worried about the different culture – that’s what we’re hoping for… and we’re kind of used to feeling like fish out of water now. We’ll definitely need to be more careful there though. We’re pretty spoiled here in Korea; it’s so safe. We are thinking of adding one stop to the trip… France!! The tickets to fly home are only $150 more to stop there so we might just do it as a treat before heading back to the grind in America.

Hope it is warming up there. We’ve had a few warmer days but still pretty cold here. Went skiing the other day though and that was a lot of fun.
I hope this finds you well and stay warm!