Eleven months ago today, I boarded an itty bitty US Airways plane bound for Charlotte, North Carolina, then to LA, and eventually to Seoul-Incheon. A year ago this month, I was giving little talks about Korea to various groups, thinking that the year couldn’t possibly go by this fast.
Now, here I am with 40-ish days remaining in Korea. Life has slowed down to a normal pace here in Korea. It seems more like everyday living, yet at the same time, my life in the USA is beginning to start. I’ve got a job and new apartment awaiting me when I get home. It will be like a new adventure, only on home turf.
But now is not the time to wax reminiscent for Korea. I haven’t even left yet! Instead, I’ll give you tidbits of life so far here in the ROK.
- Lots of tests are on the horizon for my students. Between achievement tests and finals in July, they’re testing up to their eyeballs.
- This week I think a member of the Jeju Board of Education is coming to observe. I’m not sure who s/he is observing, but that’s all I know.
- I’m really proud of my lunch club students. They ask great questions, and as a result, expect great answers.
- More now than ever, my students are obsessed with my relationship status.
- I’m learning how to say goodbye. I realize that this is the beginning of my final full month in Korea. I’m not sure how to accept it.
- The weather has went from cold to blazing hot with 100% humidity to just right. That’s the way I like it. Just right.
- There’s a few more restaurants in town I’d like to try before I leave. I better hop on it!
- Memorial Day is this Thursday in Korea. That means no school, among other things.
Lots of things happening. However, there are a few things I’m looking forward to upon my return to the USA. A few examples are:
- Mexican food. Oh, the Mexican food. The enchiladas, the fajitas, the cheese, the salsa, oh the south of the border fiesta that is Mexican food.
- Open spaces. Korea is a compact country with buildings stacked on one another with little openness. Back home in Kentucky, it’s greenery as far as the eyes could see. I thought I’d never miss it, but you never know until it’s gone.
- The libraries.
- Speaking English on a regular basis.