So, I’ve wrapped up my one year teaching in Korea; I’ve spent three days and two nights in Japan and after a 7 hour layover LAX, I’m back in Miami with my relatives here trying to decide what’s next. Although I’ve lined up a great vacation plan for the next two months, I will have to go back to work sometime soon. I’m not worried, something will work out.
The car ride home from Miami Airport at 6am wasn’t anything spectacular. I was so tired from my 17 hours by way of Narita Airport in Tokyo, Japan with a 7 hour layover at Los Angeles Airport and a 5 hour flight to Miami. I’m pooped just writing about it. Spending a year in Korea and returning home, you realize that not much has changed in your hometown. Everything is right where you left it and that is great. Korea for a year? Everything is new. So, it's good to return home to a sense of normalcy and stability. Although I’m still relatively new to Miami, this is home now. The weather is pretty predictable; it's hot. And with the right group of friends, and the crazy night life that is South Beach, it's a little piece of heaven. At least for me.
I’ve spent the week hanging out with my cousins at South Beach at one of my favorite lounges, Perdy Lounge on Perdy Ave., near South Beach. It's the best place for good reggae music and a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere. Other nights, were spent partying it up at the club scene. But mostly, I’ve been running errands and getting a few things together for later this year. Teaching is definitely a part of the plan although just where I’ll be teaching is still something to be decided. Teaching is a great profession; you learn a lot about yourself when you’re solely in charge of a classroom filled with children.
I’ve had a lot of time to recap my year in Korea and I will that it’s been mostly good. It’s an experience that I’m grateful for and one in which gave me a chance to understand individuals better and grow as a person and as a teacher. Although I’ve spent time away from family and friends, living on the other side of the world was a brand new experience. It’s rewarding in many ways including monetarily. Living and teaching in Korea, I was able to accomplish all of my financial goals I set for myself. I was able to complete most of the items on my bucket list and I met people from all over the world including France, Burundi, Rwanda, South Africa, Scotland, The Netherlands, Uzbekistan and many others. Living in Korea for a year, you definitely get out of your comfort zones. Still, I’m sure that once you get into a rhythm of life in Asia, you will enjoy it immensely and trust me, the year will fly so quickly, you’ll want to pause and take moments to just live in the moment.
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Nailah Rivers was born in Trinidad and Tobago. She moved to the United States with her family at the age of seven. She graduated Rutgers University in 2011 with a degree in psychology. Her sophomore year in college, she knew for sure that she would pursue a teaching career with a focus on elementary school. After a risky move to Miami, Florida in 2011, Nailah decided to take a chance and apply to teach English in South Korea with Chungdahm Learning. She is currently teaching in Pohang, South Korea and is having a good time teaching and learning. Follow her blog to get the inside scoop on teaching abroad.Follow Nailah on Pintrest!