The apartment and minor adjustments to life abroad.

Well hello again! I promised that I would become better at this! So here it is, the next piece in the long timeline of events that have occurred in the absence of my updating the blog. Last time I left off with having just arrived in my new apartment in Suncheon, South Korea after a very long, but uneventful journey from Michigan. Thus far my time in Korea has been quite enjoyable, with a few adjustments having to be made of course. My apartment is far better then the picture painted by some other expats that have taken up teaching English here in Korea. It is actually more than spacious enough for a bachelor like myself, and came complete with all the amenities I was hoping for and more. Like I said earlier though, some adjustments have had to been made. None of them are really all that major, and I don’t regret making the decision to move over here in the slightest, so all is in good spirit. The adjustments are simultaneously varied and generally exceedingly small in nature, so probably the best way to describe them is to give this brief example:

I have only been in Korea for two weeks and already she has broken me from partaking in one my absolute favorite activities in the whole world. Very few people outside of those who have either lived with me or dated me know this, but I absolutely love taking a very long, very hot shower. Nothing mischievous about it, I just enjoy a very hot shower. Nothing relaxes me more after a long day. Unfortunately with my hot water heater here in my apartment I get my choice of either a very hot shower or a very long shower. I can not have both. So for now I have adjusted to it and my showers have become drastically shorter than I would prefer. Just have to roll with the cards I’m being dealt. It was definitely tough at first, but I’ve adjusted now.

Even with the adjustments to living in Korea, I feel like I got a pretty good deal in coming over to work here. One of the first questions I have been asked by just about all of my family and friends is “how is your apartment?” I believe that many people, myself included, expected that I would be housed in a closet with a bed, toilet, and sink, but luckily that is not even close to the case! One of the main reasons that I didn’t really have any interest in working in Seoul was that I was hoping to get a larger apartment, and luck was on my side there. My apartment is more than big enough for a bachelor such as myself. So, with no further ado, on with the grand tour!

My apartment consists of three main rooms, not including the bathroom or the large enclosed porch. The main room serves as both my bedroom and living room:

The living room/bedroom
My desk and T.V.

As you can see I have a decent bit of space, with a couch and a twin sized bed that came with the apartment. My t.v. and desk are along one wall, but the best surprise of my apartment hangs from the ceiling. The previous teacher that lived in my apartment has hung dozens of small, origami cranes from the ceiling on string! It was quite a nice surprise, and definitely makes the place seem a lot more homey. I found some random artwork made by a previous tenant in the small room in the front, so that got hauled out to add a bit more decoration to the place. All in all, not a bad little space.

The second room is my kitchen, dining area, and where my wardrobe is:

The kitchen area

It came complete with all of the necessities; fridge, two burners, microwave, blender, toaster oven, rice cooker, and all of the required cookware and dishes. It’s nothing special, but it’s enough for me. I can do all of my cooking, even without an oven. Ovens are very hard to come by in Korea. You would be quite hard pressed to find an apartment that has one, especially in a city the size of Suncheon! Just another small adjustment that I’ve had to make, but not really that big of a deal in the end.

There’s a small room in the front that I am basically using for storage. You can see the doors for it and the bathroom looking down the hallway to the front door:

The front hallway

The small room is the second door there on the left. I’m pretty sure that this room is actually meant to be where I sleep, but most Westerners probably wouldn’t feel too safe sleeping that close to the front door. Instead I use it for storage since I have all of my big suitcases, and there’s a ton of stuff that was left here by previous teachers, including an extra couch!

That is pretty much the main tour. My bathroom is a bathroom. Though again I was pleasantly surprised to find that I have a bathtub and a bracket already in the wall to hold my shower head up for me (even if it is about six inches too short for me…). The last section of my apartment that we have yet to explore is my enclosed porch. I think once the weather starts warming up this may become my favorite part of my apartment. Right now it’s nothing much. My washer is out there for my clothes, and there is a drying rack bolted to the ceiling and another collapsable one up against the wall. I plan on cleaning it up a bit though and picking up some plants to put out there. Hopefully I will be able to find a cheap couple of patio type chairs and a small table to put out there. I think it will be the perfect place to take my morning coffee and my evening drink! The view is not spectacular, but it is good enough for me:

The building across from me.
The mountain next to my apartment.
The mountain again
The apartment and department store opposite the mountain.

So that’s my apartment! It’s not the biggest, but it is more than I was expecting. I think once I’m finished with decorating and everything it will really feel like home! That’s it for this post. Tune in next time when I fill you in on the adventures of my first week in Suncheon!

Cheers!

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