Wow, time really flies: I have been living in South Korea for 100 days already! I’ve enjoyed (almost) every minute of it and can call this my new home now. I like my new friends, my new job and, most importantly, I can be with my fiancé Jeongsu! Life has been truly good here. This post is to give you an overview of what I did in my 100 days in South Korea and why I love living here.
Culture and Traditions
Right after I came to Korea, people celebrated “Buddha’s Birthday”, which is one of the biggest holidays in the country. I wrote about my experience during the holiday in a previous post. I’m fascinated by Asian cultures and buddhism. One of the reasons I love living here is that I can experience local events and holidays that don’t exist back home.
You’ve probably noticed, I am a huge foodie and love trying new food from all over the world. Korean food was not my favorite when I first met Jeongsu back in California 2 years ago. Now, I love it and can’t get enough. Fried chicken, bulgogi, kimchi and co. are on my plate every day. The flavors are so well put together and Korean side dishes, called banchan, offer something for everyone!
Living 1,5 hours by bus from Seoul is great. I love Cheongju, a mid-sized city and capital of Chungcheongbuk-do Province, but sometimes it’s just nice to venture to the capital and induldge in all the things Seoul has to offer. Let it be cultural sights, restaurants or for shopping – Seoul is no. 1. I went on a day trip to Seoul and visited the Changdeokgung palace (the smaller palace of the two in Seoul) and went shopping in Hongdae (downtown area). I love getting a bus for 8,000 won ($8) and take a day trip to the capital.
I love being a teacher. I enjoy seeing my kids everyday and it’s been a really fulfilling job. Seeing my kids improve with their English and as a person is a truly rewarding experience. However, some days can be quite tough and the kids can be a handful. Nevertheless, I don’t regeret working as a teacher here in South Korea and I can recommend it to anyone!
No More Long-Distance Relationship!
The most important reason why I have loved these past 100 in Korea so much is the fact that I can see Jeongsu much more often. We are basically leading a “normal” relationship instead of living in two different countries and time zones thousands of miles apart. It’s been a truly rewarding time and improtant for our relationship to grow.