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:

A picture can say a thousand words. I can say one about this campus: stairs.
The lovely view from my dorm as depicted on insta.
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.

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.

At Daewangam Park.
You can tell I’m adventurous because I’m wearing a backpack.
Da Bamboo Forest
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.
The first sunrise I have ever seen in my life at Haeundae Beach in Busan.
Later on that day at the Holi Hai festival.
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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