Back To It

As much as I enjoyed living the dream for the past two months, the time had come this week to get back to reality and rejoin the workforce.

Home! It doesn’t get much better..

Just writing that word made me queasy- workforce.

It has been a busy few weeks and a lot has happened since my last post; my long awaited visit home was everything I had imagined it would be and more, the highlight of course being James and Tessa’s wedding, of which I will write about later.

Soon after, I returned to ‘the land of morning calm’ to make the big city move, and start my new job.

I think that’s a good place to start seen as it’s in the forefront of my mind at the moment…

After landing back in Seoul I had a grace period of about two weeks, which I spent with Kate. It was really cool to hang out after being apart for so long, and it was extra special to be together on my birthday.

Note: I’ve never owned my own cookie jar, so you could imagine my delight when I mercilessly tore away the wrapping paper, to reveal a glorious glass container filled with chocolate chip goodness! Anyone who knows me will know that the road to my heart is paved with bikkies, so thank you Kate. 

I took the liberty of sleeping for that entire first week, putting it down to jet lag.

During the second week I went through a bit of a funk, brought on by the emotions attached to embarking on a new adventure- excitement, apprehension, fear.

Above all though, I was eager to get back into some sort of routine having spent two (wonderful) months in holiday mode.

Han River, Seoul

The most exciting thing for me is the area in which I am to be based; having been immersed in the rural lifestyle in Sunchang for the past two years, I am undoubtedly going to experience something very different to what I was once used to.

I now live and work a stone’s throw away from Hongdae, a well-known urban region of Seoul, and a million miles away from Sunchang, both geographically and stylistically.

My über-petite apartment (more on that later) sits directly above an independent take-out coffee shop, where I can avail of a free-of-charge caffeine kick each morning. Pretty decent.



This week I started in my new school; it’s always slightly nerve-racking entering into a new working environment, but I think I will settle in pretty quickly here. I never thought I’d say this, but it’s so weird hearing English being spoken in the staff room!

All in all, it’s great to get back into the swing of things. I’m really looking forward to the next phase of the journey, and I’m sure I can thrive in this vibrant and dynamic environment.

Change is a challenge which enriches the soul.

– Unknown