Six Months in Korea/ Top 6 things I love about being in Busan.

wpid-img_20150329_130726.jpgI 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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Until next time,20141207_170714
-B.

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