Approaching the end of 2007, it is a natural time to take stock of one’s life and where it has gone. The people we have met, the people we miss, the places we have been, dominate all my active memory. They even bleed into my dreams at night. The more experience we seem to gather, the harder it is to formulate a clear thought. All those memories are struggling for contention.

However, perhaps it is a good place to start by making a few lists. Inspired by my friend Le Renard, who is compiling his end of the year music lists, I bring you the Gallagher/Hyun Places We Have Gone List for 2007. We were blessed and we knew that. Here is hoping that 2008 will be as unique and profound.

(presented in chronological order)

1. Long Island
2. Philadelphia
3. New York
4. Indianapolis
5. Bloomington
6. Altoona
7. Pittsburgh
8. Johannesburg
9. Durban
10. Pretoria
11. Dublin
12. Venice
13. Washington, D.C. (x2)
14. Cancun

Now, I suppose I would be amiss without mentioning the places I hope to go in 2008. This list will undoubtedly be paired down, but a dream is a dream.

1. Dublin
2. Galway
3. Cork
4. Paris
5. London
6. Montreal
7. Quebec City
8. Pittsburgh
9. Seoul

To all my people residing in #9, all my love and best wishes. I do hope that 2008 brings us all together again.

By Michael Gallagher

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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