Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Steel City, and I'm not talking about Pittsburgh

Despite the name of my blog's website, I will not teaching in Seoul but in a city called Ulsan. Ulsan is mostly kept afloat by Hyundai as it is a port city, and so it has the nickname as being "The Steel City", or so I've seen online.

So why would I choose a city that seems like a Korean version of Cleveland? Not for nostalgic reasons that's for sure. Literally, the conversation between myself and the recruiting company went as follows:

Recruiting company: Chris do you have any preference on the location of your stay?

Me: I don't want to be in a really large city (thus ruling out Seoul and Busan, the 2 biggest cities. Ulsan is still a big city, like the 8th or 9th biggest city in Korea). And the other important thing is that it has a soccer team.

And so they placed me in Ulsan, which is home of the Ulsan Tigers, sponsored by none other than the Hyundai corporation.

Check out map of South Korea and the location Ulsan:

Link specific about Ulsan:

Another side note about Ulsan: The U.S. Men's National team lost to Germany in Ulsan's stadium during the knockout stage of the 2002 World Cup held in South Korea and Japan.


Dave said...

Dude, gotta put it out there but you got some cajones man. I am really proud of you. To jump into a situation like this is amazing. Furthermore, I have no doubt that you will succeed in your journeys. Keep the blog coming and I will have Kaleb keep in touch, he misses you alot. Best of luck in S. Korea.

Unknown said...

awesome, south Korea, kind of random but what do i know.. Do me one huge favor and try at least once to see if you can get into north Korea, just once, give it a shot. I hope you enjoy yourself over there, I'm going to try to keep posted with your blog. And please post at least 1 video of you trying karaoke over there. catch you later man.

Roy said...

Chris, you rock! A roamer after my own heart. You've insured an exciting life for one more year, that's the way to do it! I put you on my blog roll, something tells me your stories will be more interesting than mine.

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