#Korea is a weekly series on my blog documenting my time leading up to and during to my year in Korea. It’s very much unedited, stream-of-conscious writing! Check out the original post for a longer explanation here.


Not a new photo, but new edits!

And now the waiting game begins! I went to my doctor’s office this Wednesday to get my medical evaluation filled out (also found out my blood pressure is on the lower side), so now I’m just waiting to get my apostilled FBI check back.

I actually decided last minute to not go down to D.C. after my cousin-in-law messaged us about a little birthday party for my cousin’s 30th this Saturday. I’ve just been spending a lot of time in Panera doing some online work.

Other than that, not much else to report. I started packing some things I know I won’t wear in this weather but may want in September or October while my other things are still being shipped over. My other cousin is getting married this upcoming weekend! I do love a good wedding, and I’ve been told expect a cocktail hour involving mac and cheese and a mashed potato bar. #Pumped.

Oh, and I officially booked my one-way flight to Wyoming and started making plans with my friend there. She’s a badass environmental lawyer, so she’ll be busy during the week, but we’ll have plenty to do on the weekends. Let me know if you have any tips for Denver or Wyoming!

Some things I’m loving this week:

  • I mentioned before that I’m a new contributing writer for the Department of Wandering. Rachel just published an interview with me and my first post is live.
  • I finished What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarity. I actually got so into it, that I was up til 3 am one night. I think I should make it a goal to read one book a week during this whole process. One of my main goals in life is to publish a novel someday, but somewhere along the line, I’ve stopped reading novels as much as I used to. And this wouldn’t include any Audible books I download.
  • Right now, my new book is Without You, There is No Us by Suki Kim. Two different people suggested it to me in my post on why I refuse to visit North Korea.
  • THAT. HANDMAIDS. TALE. FINALE. The entire finale was more intense than the whole season, which is saying something because the whole season had me on edge. Here are some phrases I think we should introduce into everyday slang: Nolite te bastardes carborundorum. Praise be, bitches. Sorry, Aunt Lydia (someone on Twitter suggested it be the new “Bye Felicia”). I already can’t wait for next season.
  • I’ve also been putting “Drop Dead Diva” on as background noise while I work. I forgot how much I loved this show and the main characters. I told my environmental lawyer friend that if she makes it big and I choose to live in the U.S., I want to be the Teri to her Jane :P.
  • And last, but certainly not least, my favorite, George Ezra has FINALLY come out with a new song. Check out the video!

And that’s it! What’s new with you guys?

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  1. Hey there! New reader to your blog and I feel like you’ve been writing my thoughts for the past few months. I’m going through the same process, in the same geographic area, of gathering documents for a move to Jeollanam-do this fall. I appreciate your objective posts about Korea and the rest of the world and really just the realities of being a traveling extroverted introvert. Maybe we’ll run into each other one day. Thanks for your hard work with this blog! It has been a pleasure to read :)

    1. Aw, hi! Thank so much for your kind comment! Jeollnamdo is pretty small community, so I’m sure we’ll run into each other :) Will you be at orientation at the end of summer?

      1. Super late response, but better late than never. This is why I don’t blog myself – my follow up is pathetic! I’m actually going with TaLK, arriving in Korea on Saturday! It’s becoming more surreal the closer it gets. I feel completely in the dark about anything that happens after that date. Orientation in Daegu for a few weeks, then on to our provinces for more orientation. The good thing is that there are about 30 TaLK scholars headed to Jeonnam on top of the JLP folks, so that small community should be pretty strong :) Good luck in your last week’s of preparation and safe travels!

        1. Oh awesome! My friends did TaLK, and they enjoyed it. You’ll either get a really chill school who’s generous with their schedule (one friend had Mondays off) or a school that’s a pain in the butt and makes you come all day only to teach for like 2 classes.

          So exciting!! Haha that sounds about right for Korea. If I remember correctly, you’ll have orientation + then your co-teacher/mentor teacher will come pick you up and take you to your apartment!

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