Well, hello again everyone!
It seems that I have adopted a manga-esque once-monthly release schedule.^&^
Anyway, thank you for tuning in.
Life in Korea has been on the up curve recently, along the sinusoidal function of emotions is my experience here. A good description of my current state is calm. Internally calm.
Dancing in Daejeon
My host family has been quite lenient with accepting my frequent excursions to our neighboring city, Daejeon, where I practice breakdancing with two local teams. I am quite happy to have found these dancers in Daejeon, because having the chance to really practice and vibe out during the week has given me ample room to de-stress from relatively ridiculous cultural norms at work and my home stay. On top of relieving stress, the dance has also given both a sense of community and a creative outlet. If any dancers living near Sejong or Daejone are reading my blog, just send me a message and I’ll try to connect you with the groups I am currently practicing with!
(I also practice with the Seoul Seekerz in Seoul on Saturday mornings)
Love and Friends
So there’s this girl…
There’s a girl that I am quite interested in, and she is pretty, smart, kind, knows how to take control and handle herself and many other good qualities. We have hung out a few times, and I think we are in the realm of mutual like, so that feels just absolutely wonderful, especially given the relative isolation I was feeling earlier during my grant year. Here’s to that going well and taking things slow.
On the friend tip, I am so thankful to have the friends that I do – many of whom are fellow foreign English teachers, others Korean citizens, other just good ole’ friends (and there is nothing wrong with that). My friends have definitely been indispensable to emotional well-being, continued confidence and ongoing positive outlook on this Korean adventure. I love you all – especially the ones who make time to have phone conversations xD.No hate to those who can’t make time, because being busy and on the grind is real. It just makes a man feel really appreciated by his peeps when he can talk with them to share experiences every time and again.^&^
Family is so important. I love my family and will be seeing them soon. Talking with my parents every single weekend has been a good way for me to check in with them and keep their faces in mind. I also get to update them about my experiences overall as we speak via internet. I will be excited to hug them when I actually see them in-person over the break.^*^
The future. My future.
So, I have applied to graduate school and will be tackling applications for scholarships throughout this week and those that follow. I am excited to see what the future holds for me, concerning my academic and professional careers. If I do not get in during this current in-take / application period, I am simply going to study for the GRE, knock-it-out with a high score and get accepted around the world to fantastic graduate school programs in my desired field: Urban Planning.
Phew. That is all for now! This is Walle checking out.
Thanks for reading!