몰라요 – I don’t know

So I’ve been in Korea for two months now. And, 몰라요. I don’t hate it and I don’t love it. I don’t really know what to feel. Naturally, there aspects of it that I dislike; yet, there are some that I really enjoy.

Mostly, I’m just super lonely. I haven’t been completely alone with out another life form inhabiting the same living quarters with me EVER in my 30 1/2 years of existence be it a pet or human. I’ve always had a pet and this experience has taught me that even though pets, obviously, don’t communicate in English – I appreciate their presence and bond. That being said, not having a pet has done wonders for my allergies and I only ever need tissues for my nose if I eat something hot or spicy. I rarely sneeze these days. Also, the absence of allergen trapping carpet probably helps a lot here too.

Last Saturday, I met Elizabeth in Myeong-dong in Seoul for some shopping. I bought a good haul of patterned socks – the kind I used to wear exclusively in middle school. I never thought I’d wear those socks ever again in my life. I bought some K-pop related merchandise – a CD, some stationery, and random things. She lead the way and we ate at this awesome Italian restaurant. We had made from scratch wood fired pizza and pasta carbonara; it was heavenly.


This past week at school we’ve been prepping for Halloween. Which has been a bit of a challenge finding adult sized costume items that aren’t ridiculously expensive. We were also limited to the theme of Zombie Hospital so that didn’t really help with things we did find. Most of the kids weren’t scared but screamed because it was allowed. Some kids were legitimately frightened. One kid’s little brother was in tears for what seemed like an eternity when he came with his mom to drop off his sibling.


Yesterday we had a work dinner. It was steak. I love steak so much. I was warned, but didn’t take the warning seriously, that I’d have to give an introductory speech at this dinner. What a disaster. I cried when I talked about my cat. It was embarrassing.  Then I was okay but damn, I like really miss my cat mmmkay?

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So after this work dinner where the majority of people were drunk, a party of six of us moved on to drink more at a bar.  We drank more and ate more. Then somehow the vibe wasn’t cool enough there anymore so we went to look for another bar… then it was suggested that we go to my house because it’s the closest. I was like sure? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  So we went to the convenience store to buy snacks and beer. The party at my house didn’t last long but it was interesting


 

 

My Motives

I’ve had many different and some very interesting questions regarding my motives for want to teach English in South Korea.

Truth be told, my interest in Korea is not very old and it started with being fired from a job and having way too much free time so I took up using whatever disposable income I had on cutesy stationery to decorate my Filofax planner with. All the cute Korean planner stickers I found on etsy, eBay, etc. had Hangul writing and Korean phrases on them.

In 2014, I moved in with a roommate who had interests in Korean and Japanese cultures and she allowed my curiosity to flourish. I started watching Korean dramas and listening to Kpop. She also had a friend that taught English in Japan and encouraged me to look into options appealing to me so I started looking into English teaching jobs in Korea.

Since I was also going to University of Iowa during this time and they have Korean language and culture classes I decided I might as well take some. I took a Korean Humanities class that encompassed the history, folklore, and arts of Korean people. During this time I also took a Hangul class to learn how to read and write via King Sejong Institute.

I decided to apply to some teaching jobs in Korea because why the heck not?! And now I’m going on my next adventure.