Here’s a little more info about the prospective Korean job this fall: My apartment is either on campus or near it because it’s only a few minutes’ walk to classes. It’s about a 5-hour bus ride to Seoul, 3 hours to Busan (or Pusan), (Korea’s 2nd largest city), and 2 hours to Gwangju. Thus, I’m well out of range of North Korean artillery. 😉 (Since I still haven’t given the name of the university or the city, you could probably triangulate between the above 3 cities and bus ride times to get a fair approximation of where I hope to be. Sorry, I won’t tell until I get the contract and sign it–don’t wanna jinx things.)
Like I posted before, I’ll have free internet in the apartment, and Korea has a top-notch broadband system, meaning the connection will be very fast. Here, from about 1 p.m. to midnight, the internet is virtually unusable because all of the players and coaches (and me) have their computers fired up, sucking up the limited bandwidth that we have, so that everyone’s internet experience is quite a bit less than optimal–a LOT less. It’s a good thing I’m an early riser, up before most other people in camp. The early morning is about the only time I can accomplish any major Internet activities.
What else about the job? Free cable TV, a large-screen TV (whatever size that might be), university English classes, of course, but also some kids and adult classes on occasion, similar to what I taught in Andong. Hiking in the hills behind campus. The area is famous throughout Korea for its seafood, especially sushi. Vacation time is split up thusly: 7 weeks work, 1 week off, 7 on, 1 off, 7 on, 3 off, 7 on, 1 off, 7 on, 1 off, 7 on, 3 off. Not optimal, but not bad; I can at least go to Thailand and Laos twice a year, instead of once, though for shorter stays. The airfare will be less, even going 2 times, and the travel time will be shorter. If I recall, it’s about a 5-6 hour flight from Seoul to Bangkok.
All in all, it seems like it will be a good gig. If it’s a typical university, there will be plenty of restaurants, bars, karaoke clubs and such in the immediate area. I don’t know how close it is to the main part of the city, but I’m going to buy a bicycle as soon as I get settled in. Oh, I forgot to mention that the job begins on Sept. 1, so I’ll probably have to be there around the 24th or 25th of August. My plans right now are to fly out of Montana on the 22nd of July, bound for Bangkok and Laos. So, that gives me about a month in the Land of Smiles and in the Land of a Million Elephants.
Meanwhile, though, I’m going to enjoy my remaining time working with the Yanks. I’m looking forward to the arrival of more players on May 4th, some of whom I haven’t seen since last July. This life’s short–enjoy it. As my friend Nai (who’s doing very well, finally) tells me in his fractured English, “Don’t worry about everything. Don’t thinking. Don’t serious.” Well said. More later.