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Highlights of my Travels in Asia

Posted on Sat, Feb 08, 2014 @ 01:00 PM

After finishing my contract in Korea, it was the best time to travel. Even my parents agreed, telling me that I am a lot closer to all of the Asian countries and should take advantage. I never thought I would have traveled alone ever. Thanks to my awesome friends and fellow Chungdahm teachers in Korea, I learned the beauty of traveling alone and I am thankful to them for teaching me how to make it through alone. I now want to share with you the journey that I will never forget, all because I made the step to move to Korea.

Many call me crazy for traveling alone; in fact I call others crazy when I find out that they, as females, travel alone as well. I have came to understand that traveling alone really does have its perks, but it can definitely get lonely at times. This two month journey started with a family trip to meeting strangers and catching up with old friends in their home countries. It was an overall amazing experience, being able to meet so many different people, create so many new memories. You'd be surprised at how much you can accomplish and learn about yourself, about others, and about the way the world works. 

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Tags: Southeast Asia, teaching in Korea, future plans, teaching at Chungdahm, teacher, extending

Life After South Korea: What Will Change?

Posted on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 @ 03:43 PM

In the days before I left America to teach for a year in South Korea, I was a mess of emotions. I was excited. I was afraid. I was eager. I was uncertain. I was pensive, and I was worried. As I hugged him goodbye, a good friend told me “don’t worry. Nothing will change.” I didn’t say anything, but I was thinking, “You’re delusional. Of course things are going to change! I’m leaving for a YEAR!” As it turns out, however, he was right.

After ten months in Korea, I came home last Saturday for a week-long vacation. I am surprised to find that I feel no nostalgia upon returning. I have no sense of satisfied longing. Rather, I feel as though I never left at all. Southern California still has beautiful Mediterranean climate: innumerable towering palm trees sway in the cool ocean breeze that makes the 80 degree weather down-right perfect. Although a few shops in my hometown have gone down, predictable ones take their place: Where did the gas station go? Oh, another CVS is there now. (But wait, isn‘t there one across the street?)

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Tags: going home, Family, extending

The Ultimate Confession of a Teacher in Korea: To Extend or Go Home

Posted on Wed, Dec 12, 2012 @ 02:43 PM

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Tags: Students, teaching in Korea, future plans, Korean students, teaching at Chungdahm, teacher, extending

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