When you’re living in Korea, you’re always trying to get the gist of the culture. Thus, there are times you’ll want to write in the country language for your Facebook status, to impress your Asian friends or maybe, you just want take your language studies to another level. Unfortunately, I don’t have a Korean or [...]
A few months at most… I’ll go back home just long enough to find another job to get me back to Korea.” That’s what I told myself. Returning to the U.S. was the furthest thing from my plan.
My Hindu astrologer in Dharamsala quoted a year. I had difficulty believing him. A year later,… the stars were right.
So when the Korean computer repair shop couldn’t revive my Mac Airbook this past month, I didn’t know what to do with it. But now that it was deemed waste, I didn’t feel like packing dead weight onward to other countries. Maybe it was time to do what I do, whenever my traveling gets weighed down with too many souvenirs? Time to mail it home.
If there’s one feeling a foreigner dreads, is that their money might get accidentally locked in Korea, while they’re thousands of miles away; and this is not a distant possibility. Your last salary pay and security pension is usually deposited into your account a month or so, ‘after’ you leave the country!
The majority foreigners working in Korea teach English. As a foreigner, getting a job offer to teach a specialty aside from English is unlikely. Not impossible. It’s just not a job that you’ll find commonly posted for a foreigner.
So after having whimpered early off about my introduction to my apartment and Daegu, I’ve been reluctant to show you my free English teacher’s apartment….
Do you find you often take your city for granted? I know I do.
I took Daegu for granted, wishing I lived in a more exciting city like Seoul. But one of the things I’ve found a deep love for, which Seoul could never replace, is my happy neighborhood of Singi-dong!
I’ve loved living in the suburbs, where life is slower and steeped with character.
But if you remember my first GRRRL whimper, I went into culture shock!
The Korean public school system regulates that it’s teachers and principals change schools every five years. This year, six of our teachers were leaving (as well as my principal, whom I really love). This past Wednesday, my school had a going away dinner for the teachers in our school.
Life isn’t always clear cut. Sometimes, it can feel complicated or vague with torn edges, eraser smudges, double and triple folds and indistinct lines for a path…
So you trailblaze your own journey, forge your own rules.
When you do this, life becomes messy.