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As Good As It Could Get — Part II

I probably should have left years ago when Korea stopped being fun. I only stayed on here for as long as I did because I had a good job—”the best damn teaching gig in Korea”—as the man once said. That, and working along side of some of the best language teachers in Korea for many […]

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Going Through My Stuff

After living and working in Korea for nearly 16 years and preparing to leave soon, I have the onerous task of going through all my stuff. It’s weird—in a life-defining way—when you start to see how your life has added up by what possessions you have. A pack-rat by nature (I take after my grandfather, […]

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Today I Handed In My Resignation

Today I handed in my resignation at the language institute where I have been teaching since January 1993. Just like that I now have only eight more weeks in Korea before I leave. I once wrote that when I first came here in 1990 I didn’t know how long I would stay in Korea, but […]

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How to Confuse your Korean Waitress at Bennigan’s

When it has come to ordering food in a restaurant in Korea–whether it’s a small shiktang (Korean-style restaurant) or a western one like Bennigan’s or T.G.I. Friday’s–I have done quite well with my Korean-language skills (with a sprinkling of English when needed) to order what I want without any problem. Sometimes though, things can get […]

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Road Rage — Korean Style

There are probably going to be some things that I am definitely going to miss about Korea when I leave here soon. On the other hand, there are some things I know that I’ll never miss, especially Korean bus drivers. For as long as I have been in Korea, I have never been too crazy […]

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Back To Korea…Now What?

Got back to Korea late last night. Was supposed to get in at 7:45, but didn’t arrive at Incheon until 8:30. By the time I got through immigration and collected by luggage it was almost 9:30. I was going to take the shuttle bus to Yonhui-dong, but I was so tired I decided to take […]

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Remembering the ‘Salad Days’

When I think about all the years I have spent in Korea, I have to admit that it has been quite the interesting experience. Definitely more than I ever bargained for when I first came here in 1990 to teach English. Although these days I do not know how much longer I will stay here […]

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As Good As It Could Get

It was a good ride. I once said that I would know when it would be time to leave Korea—whether indefinitely or for good—and when that time came, I could leave here feeling fulfilled. I am not sure if I can say with any clarity that I have gotten as much as I could get […]

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When Push Comes To Shove

If you are living in Korea, you know the drill. You are standing in line somewhere, either at a Starbucks or a 7-11 waiting to be served when invariably someone will cut right in front of you. It’s usually when you are at the counter telling the person behind it your order or even paying […]

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Seoul Trippin’

I love Wednesdays. Never mind the fact that I was born on a Wednesday, it’s a real treat having a day off in the middle of the week. No hump day in Korea. More of a mini weekend to regroup. Still not sleeping too soundly. I wanted to sleep in today, but I was up […]

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