Recurring nightmares that I kept missing my plane here, showing me that this was the place I have to be, here already a month, in fact. And a busy first month: many new friends, and taken under the tutelage of the Japanese teacher, Mr. Kang and his wonderful wife and children (my students).

My hagwon (private English institute) changed hands, drinking with the new boss and an adult student one night and then going out alone and meeting a new friend and chatting until 6 in the morning. The new boss and I really clicked (more so than the old one and I).

At the end of the month I took the KTX high speed train (301 km/h) to Busan on the south coast with Martha, a fellow English teacher from New Zealand. We had a great time—refreshing to get out of Pocheon and explore Korea.

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