-Isn’t riding on a tractor uncomfortable?
Not at all. It’s actually quite comfortable. At first, it might be irritating because a tractor can only run at about 30 kph at its fastest. However, people are quick to adjust. Also, you can hang a trunk at the back of the tractor to carry food, utensils, clothes and other things. Moreover, driving it is super easy. You can learn to drive it in just five minutes. Because of its slow speed, there are no worries about a car crash.
-How did you give presentations to get your tractor sponsored?
I had no experience about giving presentations. I just heard that Steve Jobs was very good at convincing others, so I read the book “The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs.” Jobs wore a black turtleneck and jeans and he presented a white product on a black background. It helped people to focus. I followed his examples and put a picture of a tractor on a black background. I even used his script and changed the name of the product to “tractor.” I was confident because I thought that I was giving the best presentation in the world. Thanks to that, I could answer the questions very well, too.
-How many towns have you traveled to in Korea?
If I had only visited a few, I would have counted them. However, I stopped at so many places that I can’t count. I think I went to at least 50 cities, and that means I visited at least 250 towns. When I travelled inside Korea, I didn’t make any specific plans. I only chose the destination, like, “I’ll travel from Hadong, Gyeongsangnam-do Province, to Busan.” I then made other decisions on the spot. It was usually whether I was curious about a place or not. I didn't move in one straight direction, but I went here and there.
I think all journeys are like that. Even if you make plans ahead, things can always happen unexpectedly and you can end up somewhere else.
-It must not be easy for a stranger to ask to camp on someone else's land.
My father has been working as a village foreman for 27 years. Since when I was very young, I made announcements for the town or helped the people who visited my house. When an elderly woman visited when my father wasn’t around, I was the one to ask her if her daughter had gotten married or if her son was well, to keep her company. Because of such experience, it's not very difficult for me to ask for favors of a stranger.
-Did you make a lot of friends during your trip?
I have lots of friends who live in the countryside. When I travel, I encounter new people, but I also revisit people that I met before.
For example, I'm an honorary resident of Jinbo-myeon Village in Cheongsong-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province. When there’s a wedding or a funeral in Jinbo-myeon, I'm always a guest. The owners of bathhouses, billiard saloons, small restaurants and cafés are all my friends.
-Are you married?
Not yet but I really want to be. Please tell your readers that I am up for a blind date!