August 30, 2012

First of all, HI CANADA. I've been here for about a week and I've been loving every busy moment.

As most of you know, I'm in Canada for a couple months but heading back to Korea late October. To prove just how sudden my decision was to stay another year in Korea, I actually already had an 'epilogue' post written as a send off for my blog. Now that the plan has changed, I think I'll scrap that and continue to write in order to keep people updated with my life. I'll do my best to find things to write about each week! I don't doubt that I have a bunch to learn and report about my life in Korea.

On that note, I want to thank those who have supported my decision to come to (and stay another year in) Korea. It wasn't an easy decision to make but I am really happy that I followed my gut on this one. During my time in Korea I've not only learned new things about the world, but I've also grown a lot and gained a tremendous amount of personal insight. Being away from the people I love has, by far, been the most difficult thing to overcome but my adventure isn't over yet. 

My life has been pretty whirlwindy in the past few weeks. Many life changes happened and are happening but life goes on. I was on vacation the week prior to leaving Korea which meant, in theory, I had a full week to pack and clean up my apartment. In reality, that meant I did everything but pack all week and spent Sunday packing and cleaning. I had to go in to work on Monday to officially finish my contract (which confused my students immensely "Teacher, you said you were going to Canada. Why are you still here?") and my flight was Tuesday afternoon. I left Korea on Tuesday at 4:30pm (KST) and arrived in Toronto at 9:00pm (EST). Wee time travel! After a 5 hour drive to the airport, it was 10.5 hours to Vancouver with a 1.5 hour layover, and a 5 hour flight to Toronto. Jet lag hasn't been nearly as bad as I anticipated; I was waking up at 6:00am and hitting a wall of exhaustion at 5:00pm but it was nothing a delicious coffee from Tim Hortons couldn't fix.

So, I'll be in Keswick for about 2 months during which I will spend time with family and friends before starting up a new contract back in Jeollanamdo. As of now, the plan is that I'll be working and living 20 minutes north of Mokpo in a smaller area called Muan. No solid details yet.

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