Here’s to Another Two Months

August 9, 2011

So I finally managed it. One year in Korea. This past week has been nothing more than concentrated anticipation over getting my severance pay, finishing morning adult classes, and getting paid for said classes. On top of that, I’ve been doing a lot of research for errands this holiday weekend: seeing if there are any Korean Independence Day celebrations; buying a new DSLR camera; meeting a K-blogger for dinner; and… oh yes, doing a video with the Eat Your Kimchi team.

I halfway considered just throwing the announcement you saw in my video out there and seeing if they would show up. But, rather than leave things to chance, email seemed more responsible to viewers… and polite to Simon and Martina. If there are no hitches, I’ll have some time with them between hours editing next week’s videos.

So… one year. What have I learned, and what am I going to do?

I think being in one place for such a long time has rejuvenated, rather than crushed, my traveler’s ambition. Although I don’t have any more of a strong sense of direction as before I came to Korea, I didn’t really expect to find answers abroad. I’ve learned a little about the language and the culture. I’ve learned what’s popular, and how people live day-by-day. There’s still so much more on the list.

Before I leave in late October, I plan to visit Daegu for the International Track and Field Championships, enjoy a long weekend in Sokcho, and enjoy more laid-back time in Uljin. I’m still searching for jobs in the US, naturally, and will probably continue to do so until my departure date. For now, it’s just a matter of making the best of the time I have left.

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One Response to Here’s to Another Two Months

  1. Mack Reynolds on August 9, 2011 at 4:20 am

    that’s cool man. i have a friend who’s teaching english over in korea. she actually speaks the language but has to hide it from her students. she’s funny. good luck getting with the eat your kimchi team. that mouse was pretty well drawn. graffiti: bridging cultural gaps.

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