My return to academia

South Korea

So I’ve begun taking an online certified TEFL course so that I can have an official teaching certificate, therefore making me more employable around the world, and hopefully making my financial intake a bit larger. I think it’s a good move, and I’m excited to be a student again. I’m also excited to take the step that makes all of my international teaching experiences thus far more of a “career” rather than just traveling in my 20s sort of fluff (or fluff as others may see it). This is what I enjoy doing, and I can see myself continuing to do it for a long time. I like providing the service that is teaching English-while I would never want to press my language on anyone else, nor do I think it is more important than any other language, I do feel like  in today’s world, knowing English is a tool that can help people in innumerable ways.  And I like being a part of the learning process. It feels nice to spend my evenings/weekend being somewhat more productive than usual. I’ve spent the majority of my Sunday thus far at my favorite coffee shop in Pyeongnae, sipping on caffeinated beverages and finishing an extensive writing module.  Now it’s been sent off to my tutor, who will grade it and return it back to me, at which point I can continue on. Hooray for learning!

Mmmm coffee shake.

Not too much else is going on. I’ve begun to put together my Korean “bucket list” (gah, isn’t there a less-lame way to say that?) since I have, at last count and as long as things go according to plan, 6 weekends left in Korealand. My list looks like this thus far.

-Visit the DMZ

-See Phantom of the Opera (going next Saturday! wooo!)

-Wine Train (unlimited wine, plus vineyard tour, plus a full day=awesome)

-See Nanta

-Tattoo myself  (this one may not happen since, technically, tattooing is illegal in Korea. And just because there are a lot of good underground artists doesn’t mean I have the time and/or resources to find someone that’s not going to give me Hep A and write “slut” in Korean on my flesh.)

-Have a bitchin goodbye party that includes nuraebang and dancing.

-Go up Namsan Tower

-Um….I don’t know.

So if you are in Korea, or have been in Korea, and have any good ideas about something I should do before I leave forever and ever, let me know. There are some things I know I won’t be able to do due to weather constraints-going back to Sokcho, visiting Ganghwa Island, and heading down to Jeju for some time on the island are examples of activities better suited for the sweet, sweet summertime. But I’m not too bummed about it, and would just like to make the most of the exploratory time I have left.

On a side note, here is a funny little dish offered up on menu in a restaurant that the BF and I popped into on Saturday night.


And on another side note, here is the man in my life…I think he’s a keeper.


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