I usually try and come up with some sort of creative title but I am just so excited that I can’t possibly think of anything… Well that’s not true, I just want this to be seen as something a little bit different than what I usually write. I usually write recaps of my adventures, places I go, things I do, etc. But this is just going to be one of those posts where I just start writing and then stop when I feel satisfied. It’s going to be a mix of both of my usual posts and some of my self-reflection posts (like the one here). So as of April 20th, I have officially been out of Canada for 6 months. As of today, April 23rd, I will have been in Busan for 6 months, 6 months since I started this blog. And as of May 1st, I am into my 6th month of my contract. Now what does this mean?
Well, I’ve already halfway done the contract of a year. SO that means I have to start doing interviews for my replacement soon. Even interviewing people to replace Lee. I really want a good person to fill my shoes. My school is wonderful, and although the schedule changes often it is a great place to work. And I have to start thinking about what I am going to do when I get home… Life is going to be very different in a few months.. I just have to make the most of my time here now and also save as much as I can!
So, now, without further ado here’s my top 6 things I love about being here!
- The cost of living. It’s ridiculously inexpensive here. From clothing, to taxis, to meals out… I can save a lot but also buy a lot for a little bit of money. My most expensive taxi ride has been like 20,000w and that was like a half an hour ride. Meals out are filling, cheap, and I can usually get away with spending $10-$20 including drinks. $20 is an expensive meal for me here, where it’s the norm at home.
- Always something to do. There’s always some sort of festival going on, or a sporting event, just something. I feel like I do something fun every weekend and it’s great. I think it’s a combination of wanting to make the most of my time here and also just wanting to experience new things so I sometimes push myself to do things even if I usually wouldn’t. I do like festivals at home but I feel like I make myself do things here.
- My job. My job is wonderful. I have a great group of coworkers, a generous boss, a consistent work flow (2-10 or 9:40-6:40), and some good kids. Not all my kids are angels but I have a few favourites that make even the toughest classes worth it. And my boss buys us dinner weekly, so that’s nice.
- The Rose Park. I’ve heard this park referred to in many ways but soon enough it will be full of roses and the name will make sense. I have to walk through this park every day when going to work, Lotte Mart, the subway, whatever. I have to walk through it and I love it. In the last few weeks there were beautiful cherry blossoms and now the park is lush and full of flowers and greenery. At night there is a chorus of frogs singing to me on the way home (it’s creepy and funny, it actually scares some people). I love walking through the little park and I love on sunny days when it is full of people just enjoying the day.
- Bakeries/Bubble tea I love the bakeries here. I know that people often complain that you can’t get good bread in Korea but I love some of the crazy things they come up with. I will miss them when I go home.
It was no secret that I liked bubble tea at home but coming here and being introduced to Milk tea… I can never go back now. I really love it. I put these two together because I usually get some bread at my favourite bakery and then go get a bubble tea.
- Jimjilbangs. I really have grown to love jimjilbangs and I will miss the lovely bathhouses when I leave. I like sitting and soaking for a few hours and then relaxing in some comfortable clothes. I like spending time there with friends and even having a cheap place to crash when I am in another part of Korea.
And so that’s it, my top 6 for now. I’m sure they’ll change when I’m done the next six months and I’m sure I’ll add more but for now! These are my 6 favourite things about being in Korea right now!
Six months down, six to go. Hard to believe that time is going SO quickly here. I have made some great memories, some even better friends and have seen some incredible things. Let’s see what the next six months has to offer.