And you can’t make me so go away. They have this Ginseng spirit here thats really vile and coming in to your second day at work with a big hangover is pretty lame. Leave me alone.
1. Koreans are very nice. I went out wandering around a market earlier to buy some stuff (I couldn’t find a new pillow upsettingly, I’m going out to have another look in a minute though), and they were all very cheerful, and the kids here seem to love to say hello to you in English, and love it even more if you say hello back.
Had I kept typing when I was on the bus, the next couple of paragraphs would have looked something like this –
I’m currently in my flat in Korea, I’ve managed to hijack a neighbours wifi, so I’m gonna post everything I’ve written since I left home and haven’t had a chance to upload yet.
I thought I’d break down the costs I’ve incurred so far on my Korean adventure (without having actually arrived in Korea yet). I’m sure you could probably do it for half the price that I’ve paid, but if you want to go from work-a-day chump to “Oh hell I’m moving to Korea tomorrow”-guy in just under month, I don’t think this is at all unreasonable.
Criminal Background Check – £20
CRB Check notarisation – £20
CRB Apostille – £27 – Not including the price to my soul of visiting the desolate wastelands of Milton Keynes
University transcripts – £37.50
Two lots of passport photos – £8
2-day DHL shipping of documents to Korea – £60
Visa application / collection in London (including Train tickets) – £68
New suitcase – £70
Course of injections for various things (Hep A / Typhoid etc) – £120
So currently my total stands at £430.50, but a lot of those are needless expenses that are simply side-effects of me going through this whole process so quickly (things like train tickets for stuff that could otherwise have been done by post), and annoying things like needing a new suitcase. Also the Hepatitis injections aren’t strictly needed but I want to be on the safe side in case someone spits in my mouth.
I’ve been mulling over in my brain why exactly I decided to go and do this, and the only reason I can come up with (and I’m not entirely sure it’s a good enough one) is boredom. I fell into a very easy job after University, and although it seemed wonderful at first, it quickly got boring and I started hunting around for something new. Couple that with the fact that I’ve always wanted to work abroad, and a teaching job was the next logical step.
Don’t get me wrong, I love England – I honestly get quite annoyed whenever I hear people lamenting the UK going to “the dogs”, because, well, it isn’t – but I also love other countries, and I want to experience as many of them as possible while I don’t have anything keeping me here.
While I’m on the subject of “the dogs” and all that business, one thing, possibly the one thing I won’t miss about the UK? The Daily Mail and it’s readership. If something is ruining the UK, it’s that spiteful little paper and the horrid little people that read it.
Now, a lot of people have told me I’m “mad” to give up my nice secure job at the moment, because, haven’t I heard, there’s a recession on. To them I say, well, when you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go. One thing I dislike doing is coasting, and believe me I’ve been coasting for longer than I’m comfortable with.
So long for now, and enjoy the bacon.