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"To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else." - Emily Dickinson

Which is why I haven't written a blog in such a long time. To all who sent a message for my birthday, thank you so much! I know that it has taken me a while to respond to you, but each and every message made me smile! So here's the low down:

January is what is known as intensives. Intensives are when the kids go on vacation from Korean school, however they still go to academy. Since there is no Korean school, our time of work changes from 2pm to 10am. Instead of leaving at 8 we leave at 6. Thankfully this is almost over! I really enjoy the 2-8 schedule when I'm not entirely exhausted at the end of the day. Also, there are only 2 foreign teachers working. Typically there are 4, however one of the new teachers decided that at a week and a half he was ready to go back to Canada. Apparently "his girlfriend thinks she is pregnant"... The rest of us things that's a pile and he just couldn't handle it. To each his own I suppose, but he has left the two of us doing all of his work, while two other teachers are trying to come in but are having a quite a bit of difficulty. So they should be here within the next few weeks. Here's to hoping.

I'm ready for February.

These past two weekends, I have made trips up to Daegu (it is the fourth largest city) to get out of Busan. Lately everything has been monotonous, so me and a couple of girlfriends have made trips up there to spice it up. Daegu is an hour away from Busan on the KTX (which is the fast train). It's about 9000w, but if there are four then we get a discount to 6000w. Daegu is such a breath of fresh air, probably because everything is new, but it's very different than Busan. Daegu has a very large army base, so the variety in origins is very vast compared to Busan. Busan tends to have the same bars, clothes, people, and attitude. There is only Starbucks and Angle-in-Us coffee, unlike Daegu that has mom-n-pop coffee shops (and if you know me, I'm a full supporter of the little people). Daegu has such an array of style and charisma that Busan doesn't, and it's so refreshing to have that!

Since today is my 7th month mark, I'm really starting to figure out what I'm going to do once I get out of here. My contract is up June29th, but I'm thinking about extending for one month and then doing a summer camp in August. A friend of mine is doing a winter camp and she is earning about 3,500,000w for one month, and that specific camp also happens to do a summer camp as well. My friend is going to give me her boss's email and number that way I can contact her for the summer camp. It would be a nice chunk of change to have for traveling and afterwards.

So for now, if everything goes my way (and why shouldn't it?) I'll be home sometime ... maybe November? By the time I finish the summer camp in August, then travel for a month and a half or two, it puts me in November. Nothing is finalized though but I'm working on making things happen. Who knows what this crazy journey has in store for me though.

Otherwise, everything is going well, but once February hits, it'll be even better. I'm ready for summer, the beach, traveling, and scuba diving. Oh, and mentioning scuba diving, I think that's what I'm going to do for a couple of years - possibly in Honduras. I'm working on that as well, but I'm not counting my chickens before they hatch.

Thanks again for all of the messages and concerns! Love.

Posted by almchenry 23:30

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