All good things must come to an end
As shockingly fast as it started, our year in Korea is now over. It's hard to believe. So many experiences, so much fun, so much we've seen. We've met so many fantastic people that we hope to stay in touch with, and eaten so many things we never would have considered edible in the past. And to top it off, Steph and I still like each other! Who knew?
Looking back at our year, Steph and I would whole-heartedly recommend this experience to anyone who is finding themselves reading this post. All you need is a love for kids, a sense of adventure and an open mind, and you'll have a great time. It probably wouldn't hurt to have a strong stomach as well! So many things we have learned in this year...things we never though of, like; That you can exhausted and in bed at 8:30, that you can communicate solely through a hybridized set of charades, petting stray dogs is a good way to start the day, that even if something makes no sense, it may be the best way to do things, 15 hours of school isn't healthy and that you can the Korean people are amazingly kind and hardworking people.
As we head back to our family and friends in Toronto, we look back (as everyone who has been here does) at what we love and dislike about Korea:
Things we will miss:
$3 meals that are healthy for you.Things we probably won't miss:
Walking to work
Having no car
$5 cab rides
Surprise days off
Temples in the most unexpected places
Cheap buses everywhere, and are always leaving "right now"
Random kind acts from Koreans
Being called "beautiful" simply because you are tall
Getting "servisa" at every store you go to (free hemming at the dry cleaners, freebies at the corner store...)
The 9 puppies on our way to work
Almost 3 months vacation
The lady at Kimbap Nala
The folks at our gym
Random "Have a nice day!"s coming from someone biking past you
50" TVs in the classrooms
Random gifts from strangers
Great friends going through the same things
$5 bottles of Gin
Being sheltered by your obliviousness
Absolute freedom and endless possibilities
Giggles (It's what Korean kids do when they are uncomfortable)In order to really close the book on this experience, Steph and I have agreed to finish "The Dumping Hole" once and for all... like a finished project. So this is the last entry.
Camera phones and their gratuitous use (Always pointed at us)
Skate (still not sure why people eat it raw)
Being away from family and friends!
Almost being run down on the sidewalk
Fame without the fortune
Not being able to "blend in"
Transientness of the foreigner population
If you want to follow any of our future experiences, check us out at "The Thought Pile". Stay happy and healthy!