Thursday, 19 March 2009

Am I totally mad?

This I am beginning to worry! Why am I doing this? I am about to sign the contract for the position in Korea, despite the scant information. Boy I wish I had more, but time is running out. I am due to fly to Korea in about two weeks, but I have a trip to Perth and Adelaide BEFORE hand, and I have so much to do.

It seems I will arrive in Korea one day and teach for seven hours the next. So why amd I doing it? I don't know, but it sounds like a great adventure and despite the initial hardships I can do it. I know I can. I hope I can!

I will have scan time to prepare - and time is running out to fast. But.....

I have bought a Lonely Planet guide on Korea, which gives me a lot of information. I will buy a phrase book. There is less English spoken in Korea, and I'm not sure what assistance (if any) I will have in the classroom. And certainly getting around I will NEED the phrase book.

Scary!

There are two Koreas - simply South Korea and North Korea. North Korea I am unlikely to visit - sounds a bit scary really, but I will not have time. It would be interesting to see this country which is really under th control of a strict communist regime. There's no internet, and if I did choose to visit I would need two tour guides with me, as it is impossible for foreigners to visit the country without this type of chaperone to ensure one does not see certain things, and that one does not talk unsupervised with the local people. Of course we know much about the nuclear program, and no doubt they have missiles aimed at China, and South Korea. Who knows really.

South Korea is apparently quite a lot more sophisticated. In fact I'm told I should find things more advanced than in China.

I'm glad to see that Pizza Hut, KFC, McDonalds, and Subway are there - so if I don't like the local fare, I won't starve to death. I'm hoping that I lose more weight - another 10 kgs would be nice. No one will know me when I get back.

So, I am scared and excited. A lot of work to do in the meantime.

1 comment:

Kiwi Riverman - The Writer said...

Go and do it, Di. It is only for a short time, and will add to your research material for the future.


Cheers,


Peter