Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Chuseok - A Korean Thanksgiving... and national holiday!!!

Well... it seems we fell off the blogging wagon once again.  I'd like to say that it's because we've been extremely busy, but that would just be a lie.  The truth is we're lazy... plain and simple.  Even today, as I sat down to start this very blog, I procrastinated and checked hockey stats for half an hour before finally deciding to get on with it.  And here I am... about to tell you about Chuseok, the Korean version of thanksgiving and our wonderful first excursion in the country.  This holiday is such a big deal that it is actually a Korean national holiday... and because of it, schools are closed on the Monday and Tuesday across the country.  And because our schools are super cool, they also close down for the Wednesday!  We would have all of 5 days to dedicate to traveling the country.  Yes, after only three weeks into this wonderful country, we would have our first chance to explore.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The complexities of the Korean school schedule... and other random stuff

OK so we're slowly catching up to where we are now.  But before I get on with the chronology of our time in Korea,  I thought I would share some random information that I can't really put back in its context because I forgot.

Paris Baguette and other delights

I heart weekends.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

And then it was the weekend!

I realized I never talked about the money situation much other than mentioning that the exchange rate was more or less $1 for 1000KRW.  So I figured I would start my blog off with a little mention of the monetary system if only to explain how it works and how much we spent since we got here!!!  

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Jen's turn - from getting here to living here

Ok everyone, here it is, my first blog post! Woohoo! My turn to talk about our grand debut as expats in Korea.

Monday, September 19, 2011

First days of teaching...

Ok, so I will start off by apologizing for this particular blog and those that are upcoming in the next few days.  Unfortunately, due to procrastination, I haven't touched it since the first week we got here.  So I will do my best to convey our tale as accurately as my memory will allow.  So if you think I left something out, just drop us a line.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Side note


Have you been to Korea?  Have you read about Korea?  Do you spend all day on your computer finding out about cool things to do?  Do you simply have a question for us?  Well here is your chance to let us know about it. 

We'd love to hear from you so let us know what you think!  If you have any suggestions of things to do or  if you have a question, anything at all, just drop us a line!  We'd love to share some of our experiences with you.  Just follow us on here or on our page on Facebook "Life in Korea" and it will be like living all the moments together!

Finally, we're a bit behind in our blogging but bear with us and we'll be back up to speed in no time!

Jason & Jen

Saturday, September 17, 2011

The process of getting settled in... and starting work!

Sunday, August 21, 2011
After a long almost sleepless (we both kept waking up every 15-20 minutes) night we decided to get our day started at 5:30am.  We started by moving the kitchen cabinet into the bedroom to make it a second closet.  We also moved the table/desk into the kitchen.  We unpacked our clothes, cleaned the whole place and started to make it our own.

First Day in South Korea

our kitchen

How we got here!!!

Friday, August 19, 2011
Today we are finally leaving for our Korean adventure!  It took quite a bit of time to get to this point!  In fact, we started the application process last year, but had to abort after being told we were not guaranteed to live together because we were not married.  A year later and happily married, we are all set to go.  This time around, the process started back in March, which seems so long ago already.