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Adjustment Period

Whew. What a whirlwind these past few weeks have been!

As you all know, I started my new elementary school job last Friday. I am now teaching 6th grade, which is such a HUGE jump from middle school. I feel like a fish out of water. I miss my old students more than words can say.

Leaving my old school was super emotional for me. I must have cried at least 7 or 8 times during my final days. My students were so kind! They bought me cakes, wrote me letters, and gave me gifts. My co-workers took me out to dinner at a delicious Korean BBQ restaurant. I am forever grateful to my students and former co-workers for making my first year in Korea 345346 times easier and better than I ever thought it could be.


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What have I been up to lately? (Besides crying and saying bye to my classes)

My last day at my current school is on Wednesday. Moving Thursday. Starting at my new school on Friday. I have to pack, clean, move, and try not to fall into a puddle of tears in the next 6 days.

So in an effort to stop myself from being depressed about leaving my school, I’m going to show you some pretty pictures from the recent things I’ve been doing in my life.


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Dull to Glowing Skin: My Skincare Routine

One of the most common complaints I hear from people when they first move to Korea is that their skin and hair goes to shit. The water in Korea may be harsher than what people are used to in their home countries, and maybe if you’re in a big city, the air quality may not be what you’re used to.

Since I’ve moved to Korea, my skin has drastically improved. Allow me to show you just how much by showing you two makeup free, unedited pictures of me. The first is from a year ago, a few days before I moved to Korea. And the second picture is of me desk-warming in my freezing classroom last month.

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Date Night in Seoul + Spring is Coming!

Spring is finally springing in Korea! After the short days, long nights, ice, snow, 14 layers of clothes, dry skin, and dealing with my hair freezing in the morning, it’s finally starting to get warmer in Korea. Pretty soon the cherry blossoms will bloom, then soon after that I’ll be complaining about the heat, humidity, monsoons, and fruit flies. YAY!

But I will admit that actually having seasons makes the time seem like it’s passing much faster. I feel like I’ve accomplished something by surviving through a winter in Korea. I only have to do it one more time! This time next year I’ll be getting ready to travel through SE Asia. I’m already getting itchy feet, so I’m anxiously counting down the days (already!), until this next year is over.

A few weeks ago, Johnny and I had a few days off and decided to explore Seoul. One night in particular, Johnny and I decided to have a date night and get dinner and FINALLY go to a multi-bang. For those of you that may not know, a multi-bang is a room where you can play wii, sing karaoke, watch movies, watch 3D movies, watch TV, surf the internet…whatever sort of electronic entertainment your heart desires! I’ve been wanting to go to one forever, as I miss playing video games something fierce.

For dinner, Johnny and I went to anther place I’ve been dying to try, Deli Heinzburg. It was phenomenal. It’s so rare to find a place that has really good sandwiches in Seoul. Deli Heinzburg is located in Sinsa, along Garogusil.


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A Trip to Mt. Namsan and N. Seoul Tower

I’ve been in Korea almost a year and I’ve never been to the N. Seoul Tower, better known as Namsan Tower. How did I even let this happen? It’s probably Seoul’s #2 attraction! Well, better late than never, right?

Living in Yongin has it’s perks, but being so far away from Seoul really sucks sometimes. None the less, Johnny and I bundled up and ventured out to Seoul for the great views and to leave our mark in Seoul via a love lock. I always love seeing cities from above, and Seoul is no different. Many people say Seoul’s skyline is a little boring: just rows and blocks of white concrete apartment towers, but I find it captivating.


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