Millions of Speculations
Since I’ve decided to apply (and have been accepted!!!!!!) to the English Program in Korea (EPIK), I have been reading blog after blog, looking at countless YouTube videos and doing tons of research, trying to find out as much information as humanly possible about the program, and life as an expat in Korea. I’ve read about life as a teacher, people’s experiences (the good times and the bad), ‘walked’ through the streets of downtown Busan via a YouTube video and taken tours of countless apartments. It seems that I know so much about Korea, except there’s just one catch – these are all speculations … and I’ve got about a million of them.
Before I moved to Spain, I had no idea what I was in for. I didn’t buy a book. I didn’t do any research. I knew nothing about Madrid, nothing about Spanish food, the sights or anything else for that matter. I blindly threw myself into life in Spain and it all worked out ok. But Korea? That’s a whole different story. I’ve watched so many videos about the foods in the convenience store that I already have a list of things I want to buy and try when I arrive. I already know how to turn on and use the all in Korean washing machine. I know that my apartment will most likely be tiny, that I’ll have a small space for my shoes and heated floors. I know that you can sit outside of the convenience stores like an outdoor cafe and will probably eat dog at some point during my stay there. What I’m wondering though, is it better to go in blind or to know exactly what to expect?
Soon enough I’m going to arrive in Korea, full of speculations. I think I know what to expect, but when I get there will it be everything I thought? More? Or maybe it won’t live up to the utopia I’ve constructed in my mind. I know that nothing can prepare me for the smells of the fish markets … and what it feels like to be stared at because I’m white. But that’s part of the fun of it all. Seeing everything for the first time. Experiencing a year of firsts … which is why I want to do this in the first place. So at this point, all that’s left to do is wait and see. So wait and see is what I’ll do :)