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Home is Where?

Well, it didn’t matter. He’d had enough. He wasn’t going to try to understand anything anymore. He was going home.  
 Except that wizards can never go home.
-Terry Pratchett, Sourcery

I come back to that quote every once in a while. When I first read Sourcery, back in high school, I breezed right past it; during a more recent read, it jumped off the page and lodged itself in my brain, and so far, despite my best efforts, I've been unable to kick it out.

Home is something I think about a lot. I've moved so many times that it's taken on a sort of hazy, unfocused quality. There's my hometown, where some of my family is, the place when I spent my childhood. There's my mom's home, in a town I've never lived in. Is it Seattle, where I graduated college? When I say "I want to go home," what do I mean?

My bags are packed. Last night in my apartment. :-( 2 years went...

My bags are packed. Last night in my apartment. :-( 2 years went by so quickly. I’ll be staying with a friend the next two nights. #moving #leaving

Time to Start Packing

I can’t believe I will move back to the U.S.A NEXT WEEK. That’s just unbelievable to me. I already...

5 To Do’s When Waiting To Move Abroad

Moving abroad soon, are you? Just finished up college? Grad school? Or just quit your day job? And now you’ve got some time to spare before the big trip?

You’re lucky, they say.  You’ve got time to relax, they say…

Perhaps you’re one of those people that relishes long stretches of free time. Good for you!  That’s fantas! But, if you’re anything like me free time is your nemesis. When I have nothing to do, my mind implodes and I start questioning everything in my life.







This Week Out There – April 19th-25th

Ah! The Luxury of Moving House

Moving house is never fun, and moving as an expat can carry added difficulties. Being mobile requires one to frequently let go of many things, so the process of deciding what to leave behind can be especially fraught.

Vlog Entry #4: The Apartment Tour

This video takes you on a guided tour of my apartment in Ulsan, South Korea! If you’d rather read about it, check out the written post here!

My Korean Apartment

Get a Move On: A Tour of My New Apartment in Korea

As you may have gathered from my previous post, my dreams of living in a space bigger than a shoebox are finally coming true! By which I mean, of course, I moved!

Unfortunately I never really got any good pictures of my old place, but it was quite small. Bigger than a dorm room, but not by much. My "kitchen" was a microwave with a hotplate perched on top, and if I had dishes to dry I didn't have even an inch of counter space. No table, no chair, no couch, just a bed and a TV and a dresser. I'm not complaining, though; for the first place I've ever lived in without a roommate, it was quite nice. Certainly cozy in the winter!

This Could Be (one of) the Last Time(s)


The fact that I live an apartment on the twentieth floor is not news to this blog. This high position allows for a fine, if not a little post-apocalyptic at times, view of Suwon on all but the most weather beaten of days. I have grown fond of taking photographs of the many perspectives this home of ours provides.

Moving Furniture

Hello all,  can I get some advice on how to get furniture delivered or moved from one place to another. I bought a bed from someone on koreabridge and need to have it moved accross town... Any suggestions/ phone numbers/ names of who to call and how to arrange for this to happen. Or even a place I can rent a truck to move it myself.


Looking for moving company suggestions in Busan

I'll be moving from Gwangan to Namcheon soon and I was wondering if anyone could recommend a moving company for me.

I'd like to hire someone to move everything for me but I've been quoted prices (as high as 1 million) to move the contents of my studio apartment.

I have a fair amount of stuff (bed, couch, table, bookshelves, and small nik-naks), but the prices I've heard don't seem to jive with information I've read about cheap moving costs.

Suggestions would be appreciated ^^


Need help moving a couch!

I bought a couch off Korea Bridge and was given a number for a man who could pick up and deliver furniture, when I called the number I was greeted by a man that did not speak English.


I have two weeks to move this couch and am needing help to do so..


does anyone out there know of anyone who provides such a service?  or do any strong manly men want to help a lost Canadian girl with lots of bacon, whiskey, and beer in her fridge to move a couch from one side of the highway in Gaegeum to the other??


Any help would be much appreciated!!




Seamen's Club is moving to Pier 8

We would like to announce that Pier 3 Seamen's Center last business day is on Saturday, June 8th.
From thereafter, Seamen's Center will be closed.
We are also pleased to announce that the Pier 8 Seamen's Center will reopen on June 17th.
We invite you to begin joining us at Pier 8 on Monday, June 17th.
 Thank you very much.
USS Management

Korean housing laws

I plan to move out of my officetel soon. I completed my 2 year contract in February and told the building's Budongsan that I plan to move on April 9th which is more than a months notice. He told me that I need to pay him 420,000 won to find someone to move in and I can't move out until someone moves in. He also claims this to be the law but I can't find this info anywhere on the internet. Could someone please let me know if I must pay him this fee.

Task Rabbit to the rescue!

Getting to Incheon airport is going to be easy cause my friend (and his car) are taking me there. But since I don't know anyone in Seattle, taking care of that end is going to be a challenge. Until I read about Taskrabbit in the New Yorker.

It's the new startup where there are "rabbits" and people who ask for things to get done. The "rabbits" are background checked people who sign up to take on tasks other people request. For example some tasks range from needing help assembling Ikea furniture to doing one's budget.

Day 3 : The Last Week

Maybe I will miss the warm sun rising over my little home here in Korea. It's warmth carrying it's way into my shoebox and warming things up from a cold night. You can watch the sun go past the sky by seeing the sun-rays go from one end of the wall to the other. It's funny because Tom has a little pattern he follows. Around noon he comes out of the covers, where he was slumbering, and heads to the sunshine. I've also noticed around 2:30 he likes a spot on top of my suitcases that sit in the balcony.

Packing Logistics

I've been spending the past 24 hours figuring out how to get all my stuff to Seattle without paying more than I should. I might have too much stuff to begin with, but I've been here for five years. I have summer and winter clothes to take with me, along with my art stuff. It piles up!

I did a "mock packing" yesterday to see if I could fit all my clothes in two suitcases and not be overweight. Turns out things were too close to the edge. The maximum weight is 23 KG and after I would add all my knick knacks and stuff it would have gone over. So I took out my summer clothes and put those in box, since it should still be mildly cold in Seattle when I get there. Thankfully I have a military friend who is kind enough to ship these boxes out to America. I believe this will be cheaper and faster than using the Korean postal service.

Getting Five Years of Stuff Down to Two Suitcases

 After five years here, stuff starts to accumulate. I'm talking about books, souvenirs, memorabilia, and just anything else I've held onto over the years. So I've been sorting things lately and making one big pile of "donate" and the rest is being packed into boxes to be shipped across the ocean. I found it the cheapest to send via "surface" or by ship. But the weight limit for each box is 20kg or 44lbs. So trying to meet these requirements is a little tough.

What Could Have Been and What Will Be

Yesterday I was busy in Itaewon checking in at the Chung Hwa Animal Hospital to have a chat and see what carriers they had for sale. It looks like the best option would be to buy Tom a sturdy carrier with plenty of room to curl up in. However, the one and only they had for sale was a bit out of my price range so I will be using Gmarket once again. Also I took care of ordering a name tag for Tom, which will include his name and my email address. are always changing.

First I have to apologize. I have been completely neglecting my blogging. Life has thrown us some interesting curve balls recently and I am just trying to keep my head on straight and get done the stuff that needs to be gettin a done.

10 years ago I thought I knew what my future held. (I was going to be a teacher)
5 years ago I thought something completely different. (I was going to be a rich sales woman)
3 years ago I had an epiphany and well changed my ideas for the future. (We was going to be expats and spend years all over the world in different countries)

To Live In The Daehan Mingook Or ‘Murka?

I’d be lying if my Korean wife and I didn’t talk about leaving this country for at least a few minutes every single day. The reasons for departure usually revolve around how both of us have gone about as far as we can with our careers here—as a university professor who also tutors rich kids I apparently make as much or more than the typical doctor, while I met A. as she was trying to learn enough English to work as a nurse in the West—in addition to the obvious fact, present everywhere you look, that this is not a good place to raise a kid.

The Octopus and I

Something I have always wanted to do since I watched Oldboy eight years ago was eat a live octopus.

Today I finally decided to do it and went to Noryangjin, Seoul. Once there I bought two octopuses – by accident, as I only wanted one – and went to a nearby restaurant, where a much needed beer was readied to wash the cephalopod down.

This is a video of me eating Octopus no.2.

The Octopus and I

Something I have always wanted to do since I watched Oldboy eight years ago was eat a live octopus.

Today I finally decided to do it and went to Noryangjin, Seoul. Once there I bought two octopuses – by accident, as I only wanted one – and went to a nearby restaurant, where a much needed beer was readied to wash the cephalopod down.

This is a video of me eating Octopus no.2.


Because these kinds of things are just better described in a list...

I will miss about Korea:
- my cute students

Seoul meets body

People come and go, especially when you live the nomadic life of a traveling teacher, it is part of the deal and you learn to enjoy each encounter for what it is. You will go insane if you expect every person you meet to have some great impact on your life, yet their presence alone can alter the course of the future, such a novel thing we sometimes forget.  Some are good for just one night, others for a continuing relationship that eventually meets its end when your paths diverge, still more that will remain in contact with you over the years and a rare few that will stick, the ones that you can never forget or leave behind.

Life in Korea: packing up, moving out, and moving in

Author's note: 'Life in Korea' posts are aimed at the newer expats among us. If you have a more experienced perspective to offer, comments are open.

Packing up and moving on / out is a reality you'll face if you stay in Korea beyond your first contract. Although it's not as complicated as your move to Korea, it's a little more complex because you're still in a foreign country.

A busy month of moving and changing jobs

I should apologize for not keeping my readers in the loop, especially those dedicated readers and those reading via RSS / Google Reader. I tend not to write a lot about my personal / teaching life since they're not precisely the focus of the blog, but every now and then life takes a turn for the unexpected.

Rewind to the end of September - my school (an adult-hagwon-that-must-not-be-named) decided to give me a thirty-day notice because of 'complaints' and a 'low booking rate'. In other words, I wasn't making them enough money. Fine. Whatever. Thirty days is more than enough time to find a new job, right?

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