Friday, April 30, 2010

Simon: welcome to Korea

Simon, Julian's brother, arrived in Korea at the beginning of March. He was placed in a rather small town on the west coast of Korea. It's been a bit of a tough start for him: he seems to have blessed with an even crazier complement of co-teachers than either Jules or I have, which is saying a lot, i.e. they are a pretty rotten bunch. That, combined with being in 'the sticks' and away from home for the first time has been a bit challenging.

It's been really cool for Jules to have his brother here, and helping Si out with his teething problems has been quite a nice for us to see how far we've come. The things that drive him nuts about Korea and working here used to drive us nuts too, but we've grown to accept, even if not to understand, that we must just 'go with the flow' and that things are just different. Kicking and screaming doesn't really help! It's of course easier said than done this far down the line, but at least we can be a sounding board for Simon's frustrations and help with with the little daily challenges which one faces. Paying bills, getting a cellphone, navigating the public transport etc.

Here are a few pics from Simon's first weekend visiting us in Sangju. We gathered some friends round for a braai and also had a meal out in a Korean restaurant: we had 'dweji galbi': pork rib BBQ. Unfortunately Seocheon is 5 hours from Sangju by public transport so it's a bit of a trek!

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