Winter in Korea

February 01, 2013

More photos of Okpo on Geoje, where we live.

What have I been up to, you ask, aside from teaching, exploring the island with the fella, and eating an unacceptable amount of pork?


* Re-reading this book (except this time, I'll finish it). By the way, it is charming and poetic and hilarious.

* Starting a book club with my lady friends in the States.

* Talking to awesome teenagers about issues like censorship, sexual violence, and the relationship between Korea and Japan. I am in love with how adolescents universally experience their worlds.

* Revisiting my bucket lists (yes, lists). Moving across the world has allowed me to reconsider my wildest dreams. There is very little that seems impossible at this moment.

* Fighting the urge to buy every slouchy sweater, cute notebook, and roll of washi tape on the island.

* Adjusting to life as a foreigner - a few frustrations here and there, but we're just as privileged and spoiled rotten as we ever were.

* Studying the Korean alphabet and working up the nerve to attend *free* Korean lessons in our neighborhood. Someone please bully me until I stop being ridiculous and just go!

* Awaiting our Alien Registration Cards so we can get cell phones. And bank accounts.

* Reading some amazing, creative non-fiction about (1) ninth graders, (2) joy, and (3) writing better. Each of these brief pieces is insightful, funny, and worth your time.

* Making new friends.

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  1. Love the curious passerby in the "intestine place" window shot.

  2. Most definitely take those free Korean lessons Mal! It'll not only boost your confidence but it'll show the residents that you care enough to learn 'their' language. Quit being ridiculous and just do it!!! I like the pics of the flowers, they are so pretty. McDonald's is everywhere! Sheesh!

  3. Okay, this is the 3rd time I have tried to post a comment! Let's hope it works.
    I love these pictures; they really give us a sense of your neighborhood and your new life. I think the flowering shrub is a quince. They are a cold-blooming plant that is native to Korea, China, and Japan, so I think it's a pretty good guess. Really beautiful.
    Take the Korean lessons, ya knucklehead! That's me bullying you. But really, if they are free and you are going to be there for at least a year, learn the language, girl! People pretty much universally appreciate any attempt by a non-native speaker to learn and use their language. And not trying might preclude what could be some really great exchanges. It gets easier, too, the more you overcome those inhibitions.
    Keep posting, my darling girl. We are all fascinated with your latest adventure!


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