226 days.

Here is a list of everything I have accomplished since moving to Korea:

  • I have discovered two new delicious flavors available at BHC Chicken (in addition to my favorite Mae-un maht Yang Nyeom Chicken)
  • I have watched several, several, several television series in entirety on Netflix
  • Um…

I do feel unproductive when I get home from work. There are so many random side projects I would like to finish. Though, I end up allowing myself to just watch or read stories. I suppose I am exaggerating a bit as to how unproductive I have been – but I know I can accomplish so much more with the time given to me. I have been terrible, as well, when it comes to writing down my experiences – such as the time I accidentally signed up to go a jjimjilbang as part of a trip. I have even been terrible with taking photos.

The difference between my Korean age (27) and my “real” age (25) has been causing my finite-ness to take up a lot of thought lately. I have planned my budget and projected income for the next 20 years in Excel just so that I can calm myself that I will be able to go all of the places I want to go and do all of the things I want to do.

It seems hypocritical for me to spend my first year in Korea planning for the future, when the entire point of my planning is to spend the time I am living wisely. However, in a way, it makes me happy to plan for the future – I like keeping track of Jesse’s progress in getting ready to come to Korea, of Bailey and Howl’s paperwork, and of the market for apartments here in Jeonju.

I completely switched schools for this new school year (Korea’s school year runs from March to February, with breaks in August, and in January/February). It made me feel like I was arriving in Korea again – except this time I know how to go about getting around. My two new schools are in parts of Jeonju that are completely new to me. Surprisingly, I am looking forward to the change – it will help these next six months (No – five!) go by quickly.

For Those Back “Home”

Reason why this entry is titled, For Those Back “Home”, is because this entry is aimed at all of those people who ask, “Anna! How are you doing?”

Yes, this entry is for you all.

Firstly, my first full day (way back on July 20th) in Korea I went with my co-teacher for my medical exam.

While waiting, I had to use the bathroom. Now a lot of you know that in Korea, toilets vary – ranging from your old-fashioned squat toilets all the way up to the pseudo-posh electronic bidet toilets.

The bathroom at this hospital had the latter. You would think, “Oh! Wouldn’t you be glad, Anna, to be able to use this fancy schmancy toilet?”

Short answer: No.

All of the buttons were in Korean, and I could not see an obvious button for flush. Knowing what kind of toilet this was (with its posh bidet function), I pressed a button and rushed to the corner of the stall. This was an attempt to prevent the inevitable.

Sure enough, a little pipe poked out and started squirting water into the other corner of the stall. I thought, “Phew! I’m in the clear! I just need to wait this out!”

But then the stream of water started to circle around the stall…

I stood there frozen to that corner, “Oh, it will pass me and I will just get a little sprinkle.”

No, when that stream of water found me in my corner, it stayed. 

My body refused to move. I just thought, “Oh my god, if I move, it will follow me. And I have already been tainted by this… this bidet water.” I stood there as the stream of water soaked my shirt.

After an eternity or so, it stopped. I had to ask my [then male] co-teacher if I could access my luggage in his car so I could change shirts (luckily, I was wearing an undershirt so this was not too awkward).

So that was my first real day in Korea.

Going on, yesterday, I finally decided to take photos of my mini apartment. (I have legitimately been too lazy to take any up until this point.) It has come a long way since I moved in – I threw out all of the Men’s Health mags, along with the various workout posters on the wall, and added the various decals you see… (though this was to cover up random spots on the wall).

My view sitting at the head of my bed.

You can see where I put my umbrellas.

Post-its Post-its everywhere! Also, the laptop is in prime Netflix viewing position.

Recycling is mandatory in Korea. I use the bags from BHC (a fried chicken place) to categorize.

More evidence of how often I frequent BHC…

A lot of these little things – like the puppy organizers (or the duck organizer in another photo) I bought at a DAISO. In fact, assume a lot of these things are from the DAISO. Because DAISO is awesome. [One of my closets – yeah, I need to do laundry.]

My bathroooom, complete with the must have singing washing machine. (I made this photo smaller since it is a tad blurry.)


What I normally eat every day, because I know for sure I can get it for take-out. (The place is also right next to my school.)

I also like to eat cake at home. This cake has a story that will be addressed another time.

I leave you with this for now. I know this does not answer everything. In fact, you may even be thinking, “Anna… you just showed us a bunch of photos of your apartment and evidence of an extreme fried chicken habit. Um… So how are you doing?”

Shhh, “It’s a SPICY SPICY fried chicken habit.”


I have an appointment with Netflix.