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Just some quick thoughts.

27 May

Today I wore a scarf to school. I suppose it looks a bit ‘tribal’ and has fringe.

Two unrelated incidents:
“You look like a cowboy, teacher.” -student

“Howw?!” – me

“The scarf! It is like cowboy.”


“You look like Indian, teacher.” -student

“I’m sure you mean like a Native American.”



I am the only person in the office of 5 people who ever goes to the bathroom at school. ¬†How is this, you ask? Well, no one drinks anything except for instant coffee. But they still don’t pee. I have no answers. I pee about 3-4 times a day. I know they think I have a problem.

Also, I might have strep throat.

But the real good news is I am flying out of here on August 18th to San Francisco for three days! There I will stay with my cousin Lisa and her family and my Aunt Diane will be coming to visit. I have never been to northern California and I am extremely excited. I will be home to Toronto on August 21st at 7:00 am (sorry parents)! Only 82 days.


brace yourselves.

13 Sep

well hello!

lots has probably happened since i last posted. i believe it’s been a week. this hopefully will become more regular when i get myself in gear.

what has happened here? well…

changdeok palace


seoul museum of art

of course LOTS of this

subway riding.seoul FC

this just once

seoul FC

and some other stuff but i’m tired of uploading pics.

the biggest news is probably that i have some sort of medium stage carpal tunnel. pretty great! after going to gangdong hospital with my co-worker, sophie, they informed me that i could possibly need surgery. well i paid $7 to see the doctor (outrageous! from canada) so i’d be paying 50% of that surgery too. no thanks! my parents and i decided that i’d do the tests in canada when i go back in the winter and then take it from there. sophie’s husband does acupuncture so i will try him out i think. i am currently wearing a brace typing this. very difficult and i purchased a baguette shaped keyboard pad thing to protect my wrists. only in korea.

in terms of how i’m feeeeeeeeeeling about being here…well i feel alright! i am definitely enjoying myself here. it’s exciting to go to new places and eat new food (honestly a reason to come here in itself), plus there are just so many ridiculous things to see and do. like a 4D experience called max rider in hyehwah. 3,000 won for the ride of your life. worth it. my only concern is that i still feel like i should be seeing more people. it’s just a bit difficult as not too many people live right around here. i guess we all have to travel.

my mother suggested that i may need to leave to do surgery in canada if the problem is actually serious and i was surprised to find myself saying that i didn’t want to leave. i’m not sure if that was because i’m loving life (which i do seem to be) or because i just don’t want to back out of a new situation. i guess we’ll see how things are in a few months.


what is going on?

6 Sep

obviously the #1 most frustrating thing that every expat goes through who lives in korea is that they have no idea what the eff is going on at any point in time.

this happens often. at school during the staff meetings i attend every monday in which i understand nothing, and when i ask after if anything important was said, am told no. this happens at restaurants when you can’t read the menus in hangul, in cabs when the driver cannot understand you saying your subway station despite trying 100 different intonations, pronunciations and whatever else you can do to make him get it. this also happens when people talk to me in stores, on the street, in my classroom. it happened today when my landlady, liz, took me to buy a cellphone and plan.

i am very grateful for liz’s help. she speaks some english and really is a very nice person. however, i have no idea what just happened in the cell phone store. i have a phone. it’s mostly in english, except for texting which is in korean. i have figured out how to make the actual message in english, but all of the settings remain in korean. i have no idea what my plan is. as far as i can tell it’s somewhere around $40 a month for the first three months and then after that you can change it. i suppose i don’t need to worry too much about it yet because i can change it after that time period, but i don’t even know how many minutes i have. if i have any text messages. can i go on the internet? i don’t want to but am i paying for it? why did i get an antennae to watch tv? i don’t want to watch tv. all i wanted was a phone that can call and text. this was not easy to explain and of course never was accomplished. it would be a lot more helpful if my co-teacher would come along with me to do these things, but she has both of her parents in the hospital right now and therefore is very busy. i do understand, but it can make you feel pretty helpless sometimes. most times, really.

well i guess i’ll just hope that my phone bill doesn’t turn out to be like 100,000 won a month or something and that it really only is $40. everyone says that asia has the best cell phone plans. i guess i will see. the best isn’t necessarily what i want. i want the poor student’s deal. unfortunately liz did not seem to grasp why that was and so i fear i am stuck with something i cannot undo.

during the weeks i mostly just go out for dinner with sarah and dave as they live very close to me. on the weekends we have done touristy things (like we went to changdeok palace on saturday). i want to experience as much as i can while i’m here, but part of me is so tired that i have to drag myself out of my bed/room to do anything. i always am happy i did, but it’s that initial getting out part which takes a bit of effort. now that i have a cellphone i hope i do see other people too.

alright well i’m going to go for indian so i will hopefully write more later.