A Tale of Two Americans Overseas

My name is Daniel. I was an English teacher in Seoul, South Korea, and am now a writer who has
published three books including South Korea: Our Story by Daniel Nardini.
                         I and a friend of mine names John have traveled different paths in life. However, we 
both share one thing in common—we both lived overseas. After he graduated from high school, John
went into the U.S. Army where he was stationed in Germany for two years. He told me he enjoyed his time
there. He was also stationed in Turkey for one month, and then spent the next ten years in the army in the
United States until he was discharged. Afterwards, he became a state prison guard for an Illinois state
prison, and then after completing police academy he became a police officer. In my case, after I
graduated from high school, my parents did the best they could to send me to college. I graduated from
Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, with a bachelors degree in anthropology and history. After this, I 
went to Western Illinois University where I graduated with a masters in Asian and European history. 
During this time period I traveled to four Communist countries (China, Cuba, East Germany and the
Soviet Union), and I would then go to live and work as an English teacher in Taiwan for the next four
years. After Taiwan, I briefly returned to the United States and then went to teach English in South
Korea for a year. After returning to the United States again, I would travel back and fourth to South Korea 
(and also Taiwan a couple of times) for the next ten years. I would eventually find work in the United States
working as a writer for a newspaper for the next twenty years in Chicago. Interestingly enough, both John
and I worked at fairly dangerous jobs. A state prison guard is a tough job—dealing with violent people
day in and day out. In my case, I worked in some very dangerous neighborhoods where the street gangs
in many cases had more guns than the police. Whatever the merits or disadvantages our jobs held, we
did them with dedication. Tody, John and I live in the same town, so we have a lot to talk about.