Monday, May 10, 2010

Happy Coming to Korea Anniversary

I arrived in Korea eight years ago today for the World Cup -- or at least that's what my recruiter told me to tell immigration. I never thought I'd still be here eight years later. This may be my last Coming to Korea anniversary, as we're thinking of packing up and leaving. Korea has treated me well, but we have to move to Canada some time, and the longer we put it off, the harder it will be to get settled back home.

Thinking of this anniversary caused me to take a look back in my picture files. I don't have much before 2005, which must be when I got a digital camera. Pictures before that I took on my grandfather's old Pentax film camera. Those photos are at my parents' house. Unfortunately, those are some of the more interesting pictures that I wish I had digital copies of. I will have to scan those someday. Here are a few random pictures.

Boseong tea fields, 2006.

Buddha's Birthday celebration, 2006.
Jincheon, June 2005.
Hanging with Sejin's friends in Seoul, August 2005
I worked for a Korean company for one year. After-work dinner and karaoke often mandatory. September 2005.
Sunrise at a temple near Yeosu, 200


Sharon and Marco said...

So sad that you're leaving. YOu've done a lot with the Korean parent forum

Sarah said...

Thank you! But the forum was really easy for me to set up with the free software. I have to do very little maintaining. I'm glad you enjoy it. :)

kushibo said...

My advice would be this (assuming the Canadian economy is anywhere as bad as the US's): don't go until you have something lined up first. The economy is terrible right now in Hawaii and California, and I think it's pretty much the same everywhere else in the US, which leads me to believe things aren't so rosy north of the border either.

Just some unsolicited advice from an occasional visitor. 축하합니다 on the anniversary.

Sarah said...

Thanks kushibo.Funny, I met a guy on the train the same day (from Canada) you posted that who told me not to go back without something lined up. So, you're right -- things aren't that great up north, either. We're looking into business opportunities right now, because I don't think we'll be able to get good jobs.