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Ippy's Korea!

Yay! Well, not entirely legal at the moment. Until the E2 gets put into my passport im technically on holiday.

And my oh my, in case you ever had this question:

At the airport, should i switch my money in Korea or China.

Beijing 11pm Oct 30th:
5000CNY ----> 710,000KRW

Incheon 5am Oct 31st:
5000CNY ----> 840,000KRW

So glad to help clear that up. Dont change money in Beijing.

Anyways, after an incredibly stressful day of will they/wont they pay me my final salary. at 6.30pm got the email telling me it was in my bank. Ran downstairs, checked and sure enough! 17,000 yuan! hoorays! Took out 15,000, hit my daily limit. Grabbed the first train to Beijing south and as luck would have it, it was the next one (this is not as odd a statement as it sounds - of the three times ive used the bullet train in china, ive always had to wait for the next but one train (and even "missed" the very last train despite being... er... 10 minutes early for it - seating room only).

Easily transitioned from Beijing south to the airport (not half as complicated as people seem to suggest on line - in fact very straightforward) and arrived at the aiport around 10.30
So only 3 hours to kill...

Amazingly wriggled through check-in with nary a glance at the size nor weight of my snowboard bag (which was too big to fit comfortably on their scales - rocking it at a cool 12kg despite clearly being low 30s). No one seemed bothered and just sent me off with it to oversized luggage. Which was nice.

Then off to the plane, guardians of the galaxy, no sleep, and 1.5hours later, incheon.

Breezed through immigration without even a question about my intentions.
I pulled up to my house around 7 or 8 and said to the cabbie, yo holmes, smell ya later... except there was no ****er at the desk at my hotel until 9am.

Anyways, im now here in a room akin to a low security prison cell. Still, free wifi :) Nice to not have to use a VPN any more. Oh, and they let me check in early as well. So thats nice. I just realised though its halloween, i wanna go outside, but the forced jolity of it is gonna make me vomit right now.

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home sweet home
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Is that a bit of wee on the chair?
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Its a bit nasty, aye. But its just a burn mark. Someone SOMEHOW left an iron on it.
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I had honestly forgot how much i like Korea. Its such a cool place.
Now bad news for Grungy Gonads. I saw a lot of 7s or 8s, but maybe not a single 9 or 10. Must be all the Japanese girls doing shopping bringing the average way down. To be honest though, ive also plummeted down the leaderboard. I reckon im hovering at a 2 or a 3.

Best get back to the gym and stop eating my nacho cheese sauce with Lays (walkers) ready salted cri... ooops! too late!
And the twix multipack! And the johnny walker double black i treat myself to at the airport.

Basically im going to get fat as **** and theres nothing this world can do to stop me. :(

Anyways, a few pics from tonights wander about myeongdong. Man, its good to be back. Its like having a haze lifting. Hopefully the self-deception will kick back in for two years time when i suddenly realise i hate korea and need to leave for China again. Im sure i can trick my brain into thinking i really enjoyed Tianjin... Actually, i reckon that puts me near to ten years out of the JET programme! Perhaps it'll be time to reapply :p

Anyways, 3 pics of tourism!

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South gate (the one hit my arson in 2008)

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Myeong Dong. So many plush hotels! wild to think that people have that much money theyre basically renting a view for the night. What a thing! Imagine the pure peace of mind that lifestyle gives you. It genuinely blows my mind. I dont begrudge them it. In fact im delighted that in the cosmic scheme of things, some humans escaped.

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I totally forgot these things existed. But can i point out: that front bench is 2 20kg plates (bolted in - about 90lbs) and the back one is 4 25lb plates and 2 10lb (120lbs). Its usually just little old men and women doing their morning workouts that use these things. Thats some hardcore little old men and women.
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Hey Ippy, us Albannach oldies are relying on you young Siol nan Gaidheals to enrich the local gene pool.

Remember: "Scottish: The sexiest accent in the world. The typical Scotsman abroad is often plagued with hot women wanting to f@ck his brains out.
Hot girl: "OMG he is soooooo hot!"
Other Hot girl: "Yes he has a Scottish accent !! I wanna f@ck him too."
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty

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And then they wake up!
If nothing else works, a total pig-headed unwillingness to look facts in the face will see us through.

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Dunno Cal, I seem to do ok…...
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That tooth could have its uses

Fnarr! Fnarr! :lol:
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Which country has the "best" students, ippy?
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No contest: China.

Students are high level, smart, motivated and energetic. They respond to mad serious disciplined teaching without complaining of boredom (theyre very much used to grinding through lessons), but will absolutely bounce off the walls if you give them a fun game or activity. You get total respect as a teacher as well. You arent just the foreign dude babysitting them.
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That actually sounds like it might be rewarding!

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Sounds like you might actually have to work though! ;)




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