This post has been… well, “long awaited” would be quite the understatement. Okay, let’s start from the top.
So, what did you miss? A summer full of doubt as to whether or not I would receive a placement to work as an English teacher in South Korea and a temporary limbo of unemployment after I quit my full-time retail job because I was certain (but had absolutely no confirmation) of my eventual placement for the Fall 2018 intake date.
Oh right, did I mention that this unconfirmed placement would require me to leave for Korea only a few days after my sister’s wedding? Of which, I’m the Maid of Honor?
Okay, okay, TL;DR = I got the placement and was a-ok to book my ONE-WAY ticket to Korea!
So, what’s next? Over the previous months leading up to this point, I had been purging my room and wardrobe in anticipation of moving across the world with only a couple suitcases. At this point, there wasn’t much prep-work left to do (which was exactly what I planned on!).
Fast forward – I arrive in Korea, spend a couple days in Suwon to unwind before making the trek to Busan where I would spend 9 days at an orientation for all Guest English Teachers (GETs) who applied through EPIK (English Programs In Korea) and got placed in the southern half of the country.
Oh, right. I probably didn’t mention that despite choosing Seoul as my preferred placement, I got Gyeongnam. I’ll save you the Google search. Seoul is in the upper left of the country, while Gyeongnam is the southernmost tip to the left of Busan. Basically? I’m 4-5 hours from Seoul at best. Don’t get me wrong, I know “it’s better than being on the other side of the world.” I kind of wish people would stop reminding me. I know I’ve been in an LDR for practically 7 years, but distance is distance and damnit if I want to be in the same zip code as my S/O is that so much to ask for!!
I digress. Well, here I am already ONE MONTH into the Fall 2018 semester! I live in a one room apartment in the city of Jinju in the province Gyeongnam in South Korea. Now, I promise more posts are soon to come and will be chock full of storytimes, Netflicks To Catch, and new themes!
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