Because I haven’t been posting, I haven’t been documenting my feelings about being in Korea, work, travel, etc., so it’s going to be tough to summarize it all here without being too long or (frankly) boring. So thank you in advance, if you take the time to read this. Much like Marta, I’ve had some … More Korea: As It Stands
Man, I wish I were free after camp! After reading Marta’s post, I am so, so envious. I’m also so happy for her, that she’s going home soon ^^! It’s been far too long overdue. Hard to believe that the day is almost here! You go, Marta, for sticking out for 2 years! Whoo! As for me, I’ll … More 3 Camps and a Spontaneous Vacation
As my last week has approached, a couple of my kids have surprised me by saying things like, “Teacher, miss you!!” and making hearts with their hands. I even had one girl bring me a very unexpected note. I was super touched by this, especially because it came at a time when I was feeling … More Worry Doll and the Last Week of Classes
Korea: I need you to understand something. If my office is more than 30 degrees celsius, I’m not going to be able to do any work. My brain is cooking. Especially because I’m dressed according to your medieval conservatism standards. No, no – don’t get me wrong. I do appreciate the fact that we’ve been … More Office Heat Waves
One thing that I find really irksome about being a teacher in South Korea is that while we are piled with responsibility (especially in the cases of the other Korean teachers), we are still treated like children in one vital respect. To be specific, we have to ask permission to leave school grounds. We are … More Pet Peeve: Please, Sir – May I Go Outside?
A lot of you have been extending concern for my present location in South Korea – land of the MERS epidemic. I’m here to set your mind at ease. First off, there’s no epidemic. Korea: calm down. You’ve once again blown this out of proportion. Yes, there have been 6 confirmed deaths, and yes there … More Here a MERS, There a MERS, Everywhere a MERS, MERS…
A family of four baby birds flew into our English department yesterday. They dive bombed clumsily through the screenless windows, all feathers and keen chirps, and promptly got themselves befuddled, tangled, and full of dust as they fell behind bookshelves. I managed to rescue one that fell behind my computer and my coworkers banded together … More Swooping Quartet Surprise
Buddha’s Birthday Part 3 will soon follow, but for the time being I couldn’t muster the strength to write about it. Sometimes there come moments when you’re abroad that you’re just feeling so. stuck. Literally like you’ve locked yourself in a plastic prison and you can’t escape and the air is slowly being sucked out. There … More Some Days Will Be Worse Than Others
We just had a long weekend here for Buddha’s birthday, and I must say I’m pretty pooped. Ricky, Andrea, Scott, Jesica and I went to Samcheok for camping on the beach and visiting the nearby Haesindang Park – more popularly known as the Penis Park. Unfortunately travel in Korea on public holidays is about as … More Flooded Fields and Too Many Hours Traveling
Last night, I found out that my budgie back home, Ozzie, passed away. He’d been with our family for 14 years and I doted on him more than people on Reddit dote on cats. My sister and parents buried him in the garden this morning. One of the hardest things about living abroad is when … More In Loving Memory, Ozzie.