Annyeong! 안녕! Hello!
July 8, 2012 § Leave a comment
Yes, it’s been a while, I know… In my defense, I have been very busy these past few months. I made the decision in January to move from Thailand to S. Korea and have been preparing for the relocation ever since. Months of paperwork; job interviews; post office, embassy and vet trips; and money spent. Anyway, this past Wednesday I finally arrived in S. Korea and have essentially settled into my new digs. Here is a photographic breakdown of the week leading up to my move to K-town.
1. 24 June 2012– Recruitment company emailed me my Korean E2 visa number!
2. 26 June 2012– Making phone calls to the Korean Embassy in Bangkok to verify passport/document drop off times and subsequent visa costs. I was exhausted in this picture– less than a week until S. Korea!
3. 27 June 2012– Said goodbye to some of my students (Pop, Pim, and Poon)
4. 27 June 2012– Managed to fit in a 5-miler during my relocation week from hell. So. Frikkin’. Tired.
5. 28 June 2012– Headed back to Bangkok’s S. Korean Embassy to pick up my passport and work visa! I was so excited, I took a picture of it in the Embassy’s bathroom… (someone was even using one of the toilets while I snapped this pic)…
6. 29 June 2012– Farewell dinner at my favorite restaurant in Sikhiu, Thailand: Lan Ahaan Sii Faa (Blue Restaurant). Love this family and their amazing vegetarian dishes, prepared just for me!
7. 30 June 2012– Gave my last few English classes… said many goodbyes to my many talented and playful students.
8. 1 July 2012– Said goodbye to my favorite local Grandmother and her family-run food stall. Best Dom Yum Hed and Khao Pat Kai in all of Thailand!
9. 2 July 2012– Headed to Bangkok with my friends from Sikhiu. Finalizing paperwork for Sigma, tour Ayuttayah, and then the AIRPORT!
So there you have it. I am now a resident of S. Korea and am very, very happy to have moved. Moving internationally is very stressful and a bit complicated (especially if you travel with your dog) and I am glad that that is all done with (for now). I am planning on getting back into running again and would like to begin blogging more seriously. I will probably incorporate more than just running news and veggie talk from this point forward. In addition to my running plans, I would like to discuss S. Korea and my transition into it, my life generally, and ethics.
Hope everyone is doing well these days. I will post soon about upcoming races in Korea and my mileage this week. Ta ta!