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Happy New Year, Goodbye 2007

I must say that I am tad bit saddened by the departure of 2007. It has been a good year on all fronts, full of movement and travel and experience. My only regret is not being able to get back to Korea, but there is always 2008.

I just took a drive through Princeton at dusk, that wonderful orange-purple haze hugging the horizon. As always, my first thought when encountering such beauty is why am I always alone when it happens. It is just something you want to share with others. Perhaps if I was with others I wouldn’t notice it. There’s the rub of being human, I suppose.

Korea was like that, as well. Those long journeys across the Pacific, a thousand airports, a thousand connections and nothing but Brian Eno to carry me through. It was always those moments that made me yearn for some company. Once, my friend and I did the trip together, separating for our separate hometowns in Chicago. That was bliss.

By the way, Incheon International Airport is my all-time favorite. It was a wonderful place to collect your thoughts in the sparse end of the terminal. O’Hare or JFK was always a rude awakening and Norita (Tokyo) was a little too cramped and hectic. The big stuffed bear in Anchorage was novel, as were the reindeer hot dogs served there. Newark stands as my least favorite. I have never had a flight arrive or leave on time there, a trend that I am sure will continue in 2008.

Now, Jen and I travel together and 2007 has seen us do a lot of that. She is an ideal travel companion, calm and collective, as tranquil as a Hindu cow. Hopefully, 2008 will carry us far afoot together. Always together. I don’t have too much desire to travel alone anymore.

So, with that, I wish you all the best in 2008. May it bring me to your door or you to mine. You are always welcome.

All the best.

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About Author

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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