As of today, I have exactly 21 days left in the country! It is definitely starting to get real. I have another person scheduled to buy and pick up another piece of furniture this afternoon. But I digress.
I thought it would make an interesting entry to write about the research I’ve done on where I’ll be headed and see how what I think I know now compares to what I’ll find out to be actually true once I get there. Whether that comparison will bring tears of laughter or just tears remains to be seen. (I’m kidding, of course. As long as there are no tears of regret, which I highly doubt, I will muster through when the reality, home-sickness, and the thoughts of ‘what in the world did I do’ hit.)
So back to the notes on “what I think I know.” Many of you have asked if I know where I will be. I am one of the fortunate few who not only knows my city but, also, what school I have been placed at. Most won’t find out their school until the end of orientation. I will be living in the city of Gongju, which is a small city. The most recent population count I found was from 2012 at was approximately 112,000 or so.
I will be located within easy traveling distance to a number of major cities, though. Seoul is roughly a 1 1/2 hour bus ride away, or a 2 hour train ride, but I’m not exactly sure where I would need to catch the train. Probably Daejeon, which looks to be about a 20 minute bus ride away. So, even thought my city is small, I am not so rural as for it to be impossible to get to civilization easily. On this side of the ocean I think I probably prefer it that way. Not sure I’d like living in a city with a population over 1 ( or 10) million on a daily basis.
Here is a link to the Wikipedia article about Gongjiu. Google “Gongju” then click ‘images.’ You’ll see some pretty awesome pictures. “Wish you were here, ❤ Gwenda.”
I will be teaching at an Elementary School which is attached to a Teaching University. That sounds pretty neat, and I’m guessing that being so close to a University may also be a bonus in ways I don’t even know about yet.
Those are probably the main things people have been asking me about. I won’t bore you with the myriad other things that race through my mind all the time.