I’m Will Congleton and this is my blog. This blog will help whoever happens to stumble across it learn of my travels through the great world of IB HL Economics with Dr. Peter Anthony. But before I describe my blog, let me give you a little background information on myself.

I currently live in Japan, enrolled as a student at Canadian Academy. I’ve been living here since my freshman year of high school and have found the whole experience of living abroad fascinating. I spent the last 8 years of my life before high school living in Danville, Kentucky (Population: ~16,000). It was a small city of sorts, if you could call the Main Street and and the collection of buildings around it a city. Yet, I do miss my Kentucky home and my 8 years at Boyle County. More of a town than a city, you didn’t really happen to get around much, and hearing of a house robbery on the local news always seemed much more dramatic then watching the War in Iraq on CNN or Fox. It was small, but not small enough that you got to know everyone in town.

In stark contrast, Kobe’s dense urban sprawl contains an entire population of people I will never meet. Yet Kobe itself is not a typical city either. A mix of a large foreign population due to a large seaport and industrial sectors and a mix of unique traditional Kobe and Osaka heritage makes living in Kobe a completely unique, and sometimes overwhelming experience. For example, walking down the street in the city you might stumble across a small shrine tucked into an alleyway, overshadowed by a 10 story mall on the opposite street; something you would never see in Danville. The collision of old and new makes Kobe (and all other Japanese cities as well) truly amazing. However, coming from a town to a city isn’t as disturbing as I imagined it would be. In fact, I am very proud to be able to say I’ve spent a very important time of my life growing up in the two areas. I believe this lets me view certain ideas, problems and cultural aspects from a different point-of-view as compared to, say, that of someone who’s spent all of their childhood in a major urban center.

As for this blog, I will be keeping it updated with all my Economics information. Looking at some of the blogs of my senior classmates, I imagine I will be doing this quite often. I might even occasionally post an article in a personal category if I feel the need to just sit in front of my computer and type away for some time. If you’ve read this far, I don’t really know what to say. I guess I’m a bit shocked, I never really figured anyone would take the time to read the entire ‘About’ section. I only hope that you follow my blog, or drop by occasionally if you’re looking for your fill of economics in the IB program. Happy web surfing.

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