I’ve been here for over a month and have been too cool to blog.

It’s my preferred writing style — not writing. I’m really good at it.

I landed in Korea 32 days ago even though it feels like 3. I spent my first few days at orientation. The days were long and consisted several lectures and pointless small talk with several other giddy EPIK teachers. Because I already lived my 9 days at orientation and am so kind, I will spare you the boring details. But here are a few pictures for the curious minded:

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A picture can say a thousand words. I can say one about this campus: stairs.

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The lovely view from my dorm as depicted on insta.

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Happy to go on a hike in my expensive ballet flats!

Although slow at the time, orientation ended quickly and I was on the bus on my way to meet my co-teacher. I had the feeling then, but after a few weeks at my school, I am sure to be lucky to be placed at my school. What I have experienced is beyond kindness. Everyone I have made a connection with has gone out of their way to make me feel comfortable. I definitely feel like a foreigner, don’t get me wrong — but I don’t feel like I don’t belong.

It also helps that I really love my job. My biggest fear, before coming here, was children. After my first day of classes that went horribly not according to plan, I felt like this was the job for me. Yes, you read that right. Although it was essentially a disaster I felt completely natural and in my element. It’s not easy, but it is fun and rewarding.  This is the first job I have ever had… like ever… that I felt this comfortable this early on.  Also, tiny children literally bow to me daily. Maybe I am amazing. And maybe children aren’t so scary after all.

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My desk at school. You can tell it’s mine because of all the crap in piles and facebook’s blatantly open on my computer screen.

During the week I have a steady balance of work, yoga, and instant ramen I claim is healthy because I add zucchini. On the weekends, I fight my innate and introverted tendencies to go out to explore. As if I wasn’t already impressed by Korean kindness, the natural beauty of this country has taken my breath away.

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At Daewangam Park.

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You can tell I’m adventurous because I’m wearing a backpack.

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Da Bamboo Forest

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Ilsan Beach. I was tripping over how clear the water was!

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Even the dogs at the dog cafe were admiring Ilsan’s beauty.

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The first sunrise I have ever seen in my life at Haeundae Beach in Busan.

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Later on that day at the Holi Hai festival.

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Bonus Beauty: Pizza Hut is literally a gift in Korea.

Blah blah blah, I’ll blog more often. Blah blah blah, hi Mom! Blah blah blah, see you next time.

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