The Decision Is Made, The Document Goes Unsigned, The Future Is Unknown…

Another long stint of a blog-less life.When working full time, living in a foreign country, and being a full time graduate student life has no real time…for anything. As things begin to get easier and all the demands begin coming to a close, I find that I am starting to find time. Time to travel. Time to meet friends. Time to enjoy teaching. And time to blog.

~~~I know all of that is an excuse. I am just not a committed blogger. I try but I tend to forget that I should be writing something. I am one who just doesn’t find what I am doing to be that amazing or unique. It is just life. I do enjoy it for sure but really don’t think anyone (other than mom and dad) would want to read about my experiences.~~~

Anyway, back to the reason why I am writing this blog. In the last couple of weeks I have made life changing decisions, traveled around South Korea, looked into North Korea, and just…lived. It has been fun. The biggest adjustment (the life changing decision) has been what has made the difference. That decision is that I will be moving back state-side. No longer will I be living in South Korea. As much as I love the culture, lifestyle and people, I have come to dislike my job. Choices that certain people have made and the effects that they have had on my own teaching in my classroom, has caused the decision that I have made. (Side note: If you are reading this because you are thinking of traveling to SK or working there, do not let this discourage you. These past two years have been so awesome. I would never trade them!)

Knowing that I will not be coming back for another year, I want to embrace the last three months of my stay. I have been checking off my wish list (**Lisp by Gareis standards**) and have been having a lot of fun. I am still working hard on my graduate program but work has become a bit easier. I have also been applying to jobs in the states (anywhere really) in hopes of having a job teaching history before I land back in Texas. (ANOTHER side note: If you have a job in mind for me let me know! šŸ™‚ )

It has been an exciting adventure these past two years and I know that the next chapter in my life will continue to be an adventure…mainly because I will make it one.

So enough writing enjoy the pictures below taken from Busan, and the DMZ/JSA (the most militarized place in the world).
(The DMZ and JSA are a bit hazy because of the fire that started in North Korea and spread over the DMZ line. The guards talked about the mines that went off because of the heat from the fire. That had to have been so scary!)

North Korea (propaganda town)
North Korea (propaganda town)
North Korea
North Korea

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DMZ
DMZ
DMZ
DMZ
DMZ
DMZ
DMZ
DMZ
Memorial for North Korea
Memorial for North Korea

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Korean train
Korean train
North Korea
North Korea
North Korea
North Korea
Busan
Busan
Busan
Busan
Fish cakes?
Fish cakes?
Yum
Yum
Yep
Yep
Busan coast
Busan coast
Korean Surfer
Korean Surfer
Nice school walk
Nice school walk
Sometimes things just remind you that Korea has not been industrialized for long.
Sometimes things just remind you that Korea has not been industrialized for long.
Busan
Busan

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