Friday, September 21, 2012

Flying Back!

Well, I finally have my plane ticket back to Niceville.  I have no idea about my plane ticket coming back to Korea.  I've heard nothing, so we shall just wait and see!  Though I might have to leave before the 13th due to getting my visa transferred so I can start work on the 15th.  I don't like that since it will affect plans, but nothing is set in stone yet.

I'm going to have an adventure it looks like:

Yes, I am leaving Seoul at 1040 in the morning, when I don't get off work until 2100 the night before.  This means I'll be running back to my apartment right after work, grabbing my bags, and catching the next but to Incheon Airport.

At Incheon MY will be meeting me.  We originally thought my flight wouldn't leave until afternoon so he has a bus ticket from the airport to Daegu (his home city) at 5pm since it's a holiday weekend.  This means he has a long wait after I leave if he can't change his ticket...I hope he can.  I don't like the idea of him getting stuck sitting in the airport for so long.

I'll be getting to Incheon at around 0100 or 0200.  Then I'll have to check in at around 0700 and pass through security at around 0800.  After flying out at 1040 I'll arrive in Narita, Japan at 1320.

I chill in Narita for about two and a half hours, then I board a flight for Atlanta, Georgia at 1545.  I'll arrive in Atlanta at 1505 local time.  Yes, I travel backwards in time!

I get an hour and a half to rush through customs in Atlanta and catch my flight to Fort Walton Beach at 1633.  Then with me going backwards in time yet again I'll be landing at 1656 Central time.

I'll see you then!

(not to be taken literally, unless you just really want to see me all jet-lagged and exhausted...)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

More Changes

The weather has cooled, and with this change in weather comes a change in my situation.

For those of you that didn't know, I've decided to stay in Korea for another year, but not in Changwon.  I'm moving across the country to Seoul.

Seoul is the eleventh largest city in the world in terms of population just inside of the city limits.  It has about 10.5 million people inside the city limits.

When it comes to metropolitan areas, we end up with 20.5 million people.  That puts it as number two in the world, only beaten by Tokyo with 32.5 million.

And when they count the entire urban area around the city, you end up with it being number three with 22.5 million people.  Beaten by Tokyo with 37.1 and Jakarta with 26.1 million.

When you count it among the world's megacities it's number four with 25.3 million people.

A bit of a difference from Niceville's 12,000 people, isn't it?

Also, Seoul puts Changwon's 1.5 million people to shame.

Another big change for me is that I'll be switching from an afternoon private academy to a private kindergarten/academy.

From 1000-1400 I'll have my own private class of kindergarten students.  I'll teach them every subject and I'll be their only teacher.

From 1400-1800 I'll teach two classes of Elementary students English on MWF and one class on TR.

I won't really have any downtime at work, but I'm fine with that.  All the downtime here at CNS (almost four hours a day) gets a little tiring sometimes.  Especially when I run out of things to plan.

The third and final change is that I won't be living alone.

As I've told Apple Jack (who then told Kay Kay and my dad), MY and I are moving in together.

Another change you'll see is the design of my blog.  Yes, it's still called 'A Rose in Korea', but the only Rose to be found here now is me, or, as the Koreans like to say, 로즈 (ro-juh).  I figured that the previous design was a little too girly and immature looking.  Plus, I was getting tired of it and wanted to incorporate some of my pictures from here in Korea.

Some things haven't changed from last year though.  I'm sure if you reread 'here' you'll figure out what hasn't changed.

One thing I'm certain that has changed has been myself.

I'm more confident and sure of myself than I've ever been before.  Living alone, far from your support center, will do that for you.

I spent last Wednesday night with JD and Casey celebrating JD's birthday.  It was his first birthday without his family or fraternity brothers.  That, combined with the two month mark, made him homesick.

Casey and I treated him to some good Italian pizza and an ice cream cake that we proceeded to eat on a playground, in the dark.

Watching JD struggle with his homesickness reminded me of where I was at my two month mark and how hard it was, realizing that the first joys of adventure were gone and that I was far from everything I knew.

It was hard, super hard.

Probably one of the hardest moments in my life.  I remember crying in the McDonalds at 0500 with Claire.

But, the thing is, that no matter how hard that point was - it got better.

And it didn't just get better, it got much, MUCH better.

I know I said before that point that my apartment felt like home, but really, it didn't feel like HOME until after I hit the low point.  I realize that now as I'm slowly sorting through  things and deciding what to take for my visit back to Niceville, what to leave for the next girl, what to throw out, and what to take with me to my next job.

Life is an adventure, there are ups and downs, but, remember, the hero must always reach their lowest point before they can become what they are truly meant to be.

Now, was that the lowest point in my life?

I don't know.

It was definitely my lowest point yet and I know I'm a much better person for it.

So, we'll just wait and see what else the future holds for me.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Visit to Niceville 2012

My last day of work is Sept. 28 and I fly back to the states on Sept. 29.  Tickets haven't been bought yet, but it looks like I'll be back in Niceville around 9pm on Saturday, judging by the available tickets.

Then I'll be flying back to Korea on the 13th or 14th of October.  So, I literally only have two weeks.

And that means I only have one full weekend in Niceville.  I really, really want to have it be a full one since I know so many people are fulltime wage slaves.

If you want to see  me during that week and a half, you need to tell me ASAP.  I'd love to be able to see everyone that wants to see me.

Okay, here's my schedule for that time.  I'll update it as I find more things to do:

  • Sept. 29:
    • Evening: Flying in.  If family are still at Oktoberfest and I have any energy I might try and stop by.
  • Sept. 30:
    • Evening: Game night
  • Oct. 1:
    • Morning: Dentist Appointment
  • Oct. 2:
    • Afternoon: Visit Barrancas with Elli
    • Evening: Dinner with Grandpa in Navarre (People are welcome to join)
  • Oct. 3:
  • Oct. 4:
    • Evening: Helping Kay-Kay with Bunko at her house
  • Oct. 5:
  • Oct. 6:
    • Maybe Margret?
  • Oct. 7:
    • Evening: Game night
  • Oct. 8:
  • Oct. 9: 
    • Change of plans due to my Visa transfer.  I leave at 3:10pm from VPS
  • Oct. 10: 
    • Thirteen Hour layover in San Francisco, so my director is booking me a hotel.
  • Oct. 11:
    • I arrive in Seoul at 3:05pm local time.
Some point in that time period I'm going shopping for things I can't get over here.  Actually, I'll probably go shopping after my dentist appointment (if not the day after I get here) for all sorts of bad things I can't get here, such as goldfish with any flavor except cheddar, cheez-its, and all sorts of other really bad things.  That's probably when I'll pay a visit to Publix and say hi.

Okay, my mouth is now watering for white cheddar cheez-its.

I'll also be going out to Old Mexico several times.  Those of you in Niceville/Valparaiso *cough*lizziejoshkatherinelaura*cough* are more than welcome to join me on one of my visits to that delicious place after you get off work.

I also want to try the Korean restaurant in Niceville and judge if they're any good since I'm now a really, really good judge of Korean food.

If anyone wants to join me for either of those let me know a good day for you.

Oh, if you can't tell, my entire visit will be about people and food (with maybe drinks in there two, I miss the Smirnoff Ices).

I'm planning to bring back rice wine and soju with me, so if anyone wants to try some, then let me know, I can at least spare you a taste....maybe...

Now, if you think I'm planning this too much, please remember that I have a short time and I know everyone else will still be working full schedules, so I don't want to miss seeing someone because of missed chances or conflicting schedules.

So, let my trip to my hometown begin!

Well...begin in sixteen days...