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One of the great things about living and working in a non-touristy place is that you are sort of forced to visit tucked away little places you might not normally visit as a traveler if you want to escape the city. Fact is, you would probably never hear of such places. Because of this you also get to know some of the little subcultures in your area that you may not otherwise recognize.

Hello Everybody:

First things first (Is this a meaningless expression? As opposed to "first things second"?) - ME.mory is functioning well. If you want to try having a digital memory like I do, then visit http://me.mory.jumpbuttonstudio.com/. There you may access ME.mory in its beta-state.

Indonesian Independence Day fell on a Monday which meant I had a long weekend and with one extra day I could go a little farther afield than a usual weekend trip. So I finally made the trip to see my long ago but not forgotten friend Hakan on Gili Air. We met in India two years ago whilst volunteering for the same organization and have kept in loose touch ever since.

Most of us remember those first few months of teaching abroad and the highs and lows we experienced. The initial excitement, disillusionment and frustration, adaptation and finally, our adopted country starting to really feel like home. When we return home after teaching abroad, especially after many years, reverse culture shock is a reality that most of us will face.

When I moved to South Korea to be an ESL teacher, I only intended to stay one year.

I’ve been touched and then I’ve been made mincemeat out of; both are equally pleasurable.

Dearest Readers:

I had no real idea what I would make the focus of today's post be. A lot of thoughts had been in my mind lately, a lot of topics have come up which were each "of interest" to me, but not one soaring above the others.

I don’t want to scare anyone into missing out on an overseas experience, but my first 24 hours after leaving my home country was quite the wild ride. I love having that hilarious memory now, although it wasn’t so funny at the time.

South Korea is a wacky and wonderful world with a unique culture all its own. While it does grow on you after a while if you can stick it out past those first few rough months, it can sometimes be a pretty difficult place for foreigners to adapt to.

Going home after teaching English abroad can be pretty intimidating, especially the job part of it. If you don’t want to teach ESL in your home country, what exactly can you do for work? In order to see what people were actually doing, I surveyed 55 old friends and random Internet strangers to find out all the details for you (and myself as well!).


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