Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
When I first arrived to teach English in Busan, I thought all my free time would definitely be spent on the beach, rain or shine, night or day. However, Busan has a lot more to offer. There are a lot of hot spots to check out at night. One great place to experience city life is the bustling Seomyeon.
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Hongdae is known for the nightlife, especially with the younger generation. Still, there is so much to do in Hongdae with a variety of rich culture that is interesting for those of all ages. Located on line two of Hongik University station stop, going out of any and every exit of the station calls for a new exploration. For a few suggestions, especially on a budget, go for the free activities which are around from day to night.
I hate singing. Well, not quite hate... At some point in my childhood, I became utterly convinced that I'm a terrible singer and have therefore dreaded any time when I am asked to sing. Karaoke at bars in the States? No way. I don't mind being ridiculous in front of friends, but I was very skeptical of the infamous Korean norebang. Little did I know it would become one of my favorite weekend activities as an English teacher in Korea.
My name is John & I have been teaching English in South Korea just over five weeks now. I teach in Wolbae, Daegu. Where is Daegu you ask? Well....This blog will explain all. When I got my contract for Daegu – I thought great, I have my contract I’m ready to go. My second thought was where is Daegu? All I knew was it wasn’t Seoul and it wasn’t Busan.
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I have always entertained the recurring daydream of being in a band and rocking out to a crowd of screaming fans, but I've never actually picked up a guitar. This was because before I could learn how to play music I was preoccupied with questions like: How would I reach out to said fans? How would I build a fan base in the first place? Where would I find a stage? What if I wound up on the streets playing to a disapproving stray cat?
Hongdae, one of my favorite neighborhoods in Seoul, Korea, is known for being loud and full of music. Every night you can count on the area's public spaces to be full of spontaneous and talented performers and one can not ignore the deafening beats blaring from the many clubs that line Hongdae's narrow streets. But one random night each month is reserved for a different kind of party.
Teachers living in Korea love their convenience stores, some have even called them home. A fellow Korea blogger wrote awhile back that there are over 2,900 7-Eleven stores in Korea. Check out how close I live to my favorite 7-Eleven and all you can find inside. What is your favorite Korean convenience store goodie?
Before I came to Korea, I was unsure of what to expect as for the night life. Having lived in Miami six months prior to moving to Korea, I wasn’t expecting much. Although I prefer quiet nights at home, sometimes, I just want to let loose and party, party, party. And as you know, partying can get a little expensive especially if you like to get fancy with a new outfit and pricey cocktails. Also, considering that the cost of living is much lower in Korea, it’s easy to get carried away with the lump sum of disposable income most English teachers have readily available.
I can tell you now that’s it’s important to have a budget to manage to financial goals, whatever they may be. Most of my teacher friends in Korea are busy with student loans and as you may know, it’s possible to pay off student loans while teaching in Korea. I’m well on my way. Having and sticking to a budget in key.
However, with all that being said, we still know that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. So, yes having a social life in also important and in the right balance, there’s lots of room for some fun!! I was pleased to learn that there are American bars in Korea. In Pohang, where I live, there are three that are quite popular among foreign teachers, Tilt Bar and Grill, Whistler’s and White Boards and Mindy’s.
Tilt Bar and Grill aka Tilt is quite popular among my coworkers and I. Not only is it close to the Bukbu Beach, it’s also been the venue for their annual Halloween Party, Thanksgiving Dinner, Christmas Dinner, NYE party and of course many other events. Also, Wednesday is “Wing Night”, Thursday is “Taco or Burrito Night” and Friday and Saturday nights are just for lounging with your friends or dropping it low on the dance floor. Thursday’s Burrito/Taco nights have become a regular thing for me as they have vegetarian options and oh my, it’s really good!