So I am flying to South Korea tonight by way of Shanghai. I am pretty damn excited to be going, especially because it is somewhere I would probably never have chosen to go and some INELI are already there a buzzing. I am going as I am part of INELI or the International Network of Emerging Library Innovators. This is a development programme being run by the Global Libraries Program, who are part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. I really don't know what to expect in this trip. I have never been to Asia and I have never been to a country where English is not the first language and the written script is not a familiar one. I am dying to challenge myself with food experiences and just immersion in a culture I know little about. Whatever I do there, I know the experience will change me.
So what lies ahead on day one? Well I fly 12 1/2 hrs to Shanghai, pray the Chinese let me briefly in on a transit Visa. Hang about in the airport for 3 hours, then hop over to Seoul. I will have a few hours up my sleeve, before the arrival dinner, so I am gonna jump in cab and go to the Gyeongbok Gung Temple. After that and after dinner, it will either be sleep or hitting the town for a few hours and some shopping. Sat is going to be full on course work, so I gotta make the most of my time...
So why Everything Counts? It's a Depeche Mode song... "The handshake, seals the contract, from the contract, there's no turning back, the turning point, of a career, in Korea being insincere.."
Wish me luck!