My Korea goodbye was a blur. I remember it including many hugs and tears. There was a sickening (Never!) amount of barbecue. Lots of norebang. Some soju. Many cards and promises of reunions. Then there was some last minute shopping and apartment cleaning. Of course there was little sleep involved. I packed and cleaned well into the night and then all of a sudden my plane was lifting its last wheel off the tarmac and just like that Korea and I separated for good.
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I wrote last week about finding a summer-ish oasis hidden on a side street in my Korean city. Writing that post made me ponder a few other remedies that have helped me cope with winter in Korea. Because, like I've said before, I'm not a fan of you, winter. I didn't even really realize I was in a winter funk until a week or so ago when I was walking to work and caught a whiff of that Spring smell. I think it's made of one part melting snow and two parts bright sunshine. Oh, and there were birds singing, I swear. Although snow did fall a few days later, this morning commute added a bounce to my step and placed not-too-distant and pleasant visions of biking along the Han River and wearing cute skirts in my head. So, if you're like me and need that final push to blast through the rest of Winter into Spring, here are 10 things I am doing or plan to do asap:
I've learned so much since coming to teach English in Korea! Take some of my advise below:
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The regular hours we teach English at ChungDahm are from 4-10pm, so what will you do with all your free time? Everyone finds a niche teaching English in Korea, from dance classes to volunteering at animal shelters, but for me it’s yoga! Moving here and being immersed in a new environment completely independent was a little stressful, but hot yoga gave me a way to channel my energy and relax.
I found a place just around the corner from the branch called Hot Yoga Studio J. I actually prefer to go to classes after work, because when teaching little kids you often have to match their level of hyper activity. Yoga is where I can calm myself and clear my mind before I go to bed. The yoga instructors speak in Korean, but it’s easy to get the hang of it by following what other people are doing. I even picked up some Korean words like inhale, exhale, relax, and more others.