My interview with the Office of Education (Jeollabuk-do) went well. I start on July 20th, though I cannot bring Bailey. :-(

I will just try to figure out how to get her to Korea by the time Jesse joins me. :-)

Anyway, even though they have hired me for this job, I am still on my toes anxiously hoping that nothing else goes wrong. I will not be happy until I receive my visa number. (However, I have read on forums that EPIK once cancelled 150 contracts after those teachers had their visas and tickets bought.)

Currently, I am planning our (Jesse, me, and Jesse’s best friend Craig) trip to Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure in Orlando, FL for next week. We had the hotel booked a long time ago, but now that I have finally attempted to buy the 2-day tickets/Express passes – it seems that Universal’s ordering/ticketing system is down. I will have to wait until tomorrow so that I can call customer service.  This trip is extremely important to me since Jesse and I could not go last year due to a certain hiccup with his coworker.

On July 4th, we will leave Orlando and head down to Miami to visit Craig’s mum. After we return to Michigan, I will have a little over a week left before I am in Korea.

I have been consumed with sadness this entire week knowing that I will not get to see Jesse again for quite awhile. It is not so much that I will miss him (I will miss him greatly), but I do not like experiencing wonderful things without him. I am not sure why this is my case. I suppose I do not like keeping memories to myself. I used to love going on solo trips (I suppose in a way that going to Korea initially solo still shows that I still have that bug in me) because I liked connecting with the random people I meet. But I do not keep in touch with these people. I am not that kind of person, I guess.  A lot of folks have pointed out this characteristic as a fault. I am not sure why I should. I just want to live my life around the world… with Jesse. Though that is a post for another time. 😉

Korea Korea Korea!

The past two months have been exciting and bursting. For example, my boyfriend and I both quit our jobs at Spartan Stores for some serious, profound reasons. Those reasons will be captured in a post in time.

For now, I am merely concentrating on my efforts to get myself a suitable job in Korea. I have had a few offers – but none have been tempting… until now.

Though, even if I get this wonderful job, I will have to convince my employers to allow me to bring my cat, Bailey. She is adorable, as you can see in her photo. I made that “dragon” costume for her to wear to the Season 2 finale of Game of Thrones (quite possibly the best show ever made).

The issue is that Koreans are weird about cats. Not in the sense that they want to eat them as many are quick to assume. They are downright afraid of them. I read in a blog post not too long ago in which a [Korean] man stated he would rather touch a spider of the same size. Seriously? However, I have also read, that due to the introduction of Hello Kitty, that the amount of people accepting of cats has drastically increased from 1 in 20 all the way up to 1 in 5!

Hopefully this ratio will increase to 3 in 4 with the introduction of The Bailey.