My neighborhood has a lot of local flavor, which fuels my imagination and personal queries. Currently, there are 2 mystery people I come across each day. Strange morning routines which you simply accept because you’re an expat in a foreign land Each morning, I hear a morning truck roll by with a loudspeaker recording, […]
Monday morning, after teaching my 2nd period class, our school had a fire drill. My 4th grade co-teacher, Jee Yeong and myself (both new to teaching at this school) had no idea what the fire procedure was. No one came in to get us or notify us that a fire drill was even in effect. In all probability, a Korean fire drill could very well be to sit in the classroom and slowly burn…
I take back what i said in my first Daegu Costco blog about it being “eh”. I’m glad I’m a Costco (pronounced: Co-su-tu-co for your cabbie) member! Why? Their stock of imported foods didn’t expand, new “tech toys” didn’t hit the shelves. As far as I’m concerned, Daegu Costco hasn’t changed since the last time I visited it. So what did?
Updates: Summer, Korea’s World Cup fans and the Accidental Tourist and the EPIK Farm Tour
Last Thursday was the Sex and the City 2 premiere and what better excuse for us, expats to have a girl’s night out? It wasn’t only the opportunity to indulge in some fun sex-forward fluff, but the freedom to do it in the middle of Korea, where the subject of sex whispers of “taboo”. So what’s up with Sex and the Korean?
Here we go on updates…If you’re an EFL teacher in Korea, you know who 2PM and 2AM are (both are favorite K-Pop boy bands that have the kids here swooning), but have you heard of 2MB?
Transportation options if you’re going from Daegu to Seoul. What is the cheapest and most reliable method?
So I’m expanding my “Updates” section (initially just a paragraph) in this blog. Many small events and journal observations ranging from important to weird and funny, graze by on an ongoing basis. They make terrific one-offs and I realize they should be documented so that you get a better view of what I’m seeing or experiencing in Korea on a more casual basis.
Living as an expat, you get to realizing culture shock comes in daily life-sized capsules called Language Barriers.; but unlike vitamins, these will eventually wear on you. They mimic your inability to sometimes do the simplest things. Do you feel stupid despite your MFA degree? Yes. Can you erase this feeling? Not easily. To an expat living in a new country, it’s the everyday, mundane things which quickly become your greatest enemies.