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5 reasons to move to Gimpo

Since I have gotten a lot of positive feedback from my last blog 10 things to buy when living in Korea, I have decided to stick with the lists!

When I first thought about moving to Korea, I knew that I wanted to move to Seoul. I am pretty sure that most foreigners want to live in Seoul, if they are going to make the move here. However, after spending my first 6 months in Korea, I moved to Bucheon (Which is still one of my favourite places to live in Korea). A year after living in Bucheon, I found an amazing job in Seoul so I decided to move back. I knew then, that I was over with living in Seoul.
I am now living in Gimpo and I am loving it! So I will try to convince you to explore Gyeonggi-do with, 5 reasons to move to Gimpo.

  1. New city.Gimpo

    Gimpo is very big. But the part of Gimpo that I am in is brand new. This area has only been open since 2015 and I moved here in 2016. A brand new city is great because there are constantly new things being made because the city is still developing. When I first moved here, there was not that much to eat or do here. However, now there are new things popping up all the time and it is great! It keeps things interesting! Whenever a new building is made, I am so excited to see what will be opening. (I am praying for a dog café now)
  2. Apartment.Guys, my apartment is…AMAZING! I can not tell you how much I like it. When people ask me about my living situation, I am so excited to tell them. I also love having people round so I can show off!
    If you are new to my blog, you might not have seen my Seoul apartment tour… my tiny apartment tour… my shoe-box tour.
    If you haven’t got the hint yet. my apartment in Seoul was extremely small. If you don’t believe me, please go and check it out here.
    However, my apartment now is big, spacious, new, pretty and perfect! I will just leave this picture here as evidence. (Can you see Aurora lurking?!)

     

  3. Quiet.
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    I am such a light sleeper. I wake up when I hear Aurora drinking water in the other room. So leaving in a 24 hour city was really hard for me. Even though I was not living on a main street, I would wake up in the middle of the night to the sounds of passing cars, people walking by and phlegm spitting ajusshis .
    I love that Korea never sleeps, but when I am sleeping I want the world to tiptoe. Here in Gimpo, if I close my windows, I the sound of a few passing cars won’t wake me up. Even though I live on the busiest street in my area.
    I know that this might change as the underground opens and more people move here, but I am more than happy now!
  4. No foreigners.Now, this is a hit or miss. For me it is a hit. However, I will break down both and hopefully convince you that this is a good thing. Before I get into it, I want you to know that  there are places near by which have big foreigner communities.
    Now let’s get into the reasons why I think it is good to live in a place where there are hardly any foreigners around.

    A. You can improve your language skills.

    People around here are very good at English, but if you are serious about learning Korean, it is excellent when you’re immersed into an environment where people will probably try to speak to you in Korean and appreciate it more!

    B. You can learn more about Korean culture by making more Korean friends.

    While I know that you can still make Korean friends in Seoul, a lot of people get comfortable and just make friends with foreigners, or Korean people who have been abroad and are very well cultured. So, moving out of Seoul, you are more likely to meet people who want to teach you Korean culture, as opposed to them wanting to learn more about western culture.

    C. You are easily recognised so you get a lot of free things!

    Now, I am not sure if this is just a benefit I have been spoiled with, but because I’m recognised so much, owners of restaurants, boutiques, and corner shops are constantly giving me free things! Just before starting this post, I went to the corner shop to buy lemon water, and the worker gave me a lollipop! (This guy gives me something for free every time I go into the shop haha!) Who doesn’t like free things?!

  5. Separating work and play.Work-or-play-opposite-signs-396x279
    When I lived in Seoul, it was very tempting to go out everyday after work. It meant that personal time and work was slowly merging together. I was meeting friends more and more often after work and it made me exhausted the next day.
    Living a bit further away from Seoul, where all my friends live, means that I don’t go to Seoul when I finish work, unless it is a day where I finish early.
    Rather than meeting friends everyday, I am able to spend more time with my fluff baby, or just by myself. But I am still close enough to Seoul. It just takes me 20 minutes from my house to Hapjeong, or 40 minutes to Gangnam, by bus! It is excellent!
    So, I have been able to focus my weekdays on work and resting, and my weekends are free for play!

The examples that I have used for this post, is mostly revolving around Gimpo. Since I live here now, it is the best example that I can give. I know that there are many places in Gyeonggi-do which are very different to what I have mentioned. That is expected since Gyeonggi-do is so big. There is a different feeling in every city in Gyeonggi-do. I am sure there is a city for everyone to love! 
My point with this post was to encourage people to think about stepping outside of the city when living in Korea! I am sure it will lead to you enjoying your time here more!
(Please remember this is an opinion piece! So please don’t get angry with me!)

If there is something that you would like to read about, please let me know! I will try my hardest to please you!

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2015, where have you gone?!

The year is coming to an end!! AGAIN! I swear it was just New Years Day a few weeks ago.

When I think about this year, I realise that I have actually done a lot, but the time seems like it has gone so fast!

So, here is a recap of my year!

January
I actually don’t remember much about last January. The main thing I remember was, I forgot my sisters birthday and I was sad about that for about 2 weeks. Oh! And I had the chance to work with my best friend, known to you guys as Johnny Bravo. Now that I think about it, this month was pretty important. My boss who I adored, left the school and was replaced by another amazing person, but it was only for a few weeks. So when my old boss came back, he fired one of the staff members in late December. In January, my boss asked if I knew anybody who needed a job. I brang in my best friend and he started working on the same day! Even though I only worked with him for a month, it was great!

February
My company was bought by new owners at the end of January. Since the school semester starts in February in Korea, most of the teachers at my school were let go or decided it was time for them to leave. I was nervous as I was the only foreign teacher left as unfortunately, Johnny Bravo couldn’t work any longer.
I watched my first kindergarten class graduate and I was able to pick which class I wanted to teach next.
I moved apartments, to the best apartment I have had yet.
When the new teachers came, I made a great friend who I am sure I will stay in contact with even when she leaves Korea. I also met a teacher who I hated.
And then, I was promoted to Head Teacher!

March
In March, I finally went back to London for one week! It was amazing to see family and friends again but it was obviously far too short.
When I got back to Korea, I was working and my work load kept increasing. I didn’t mind since I love responsibility.
One of my best friends, Wizard of Oz, followed the yellow brick road back home. =( Sorry that I am not sorry for that horrible line.

April
In April, I got my kitten Aurora! A co-worker of mine told me about a pet store where she got her kitten and she also told me about a kitten that was in the pet store. I went along out of curiosity and also because I needed a pet. After seeing my baby Roari again when I went back to London, I realized I needed a fur baby with me. I went to the pet shop, I fell in love with her, I asked the vet to keep her for me, I went back the next day and got her. The best decision I have ever made in Korea!
My birthday! Johnny Bravo gave me the best birthday party ever! But I knew that I would be saying goodbye to him very soon.

Aurora 1

May
Johnny Bravo
had to leave Korea and I was heart broken. After just saying goodbye to The Wizard of Oz in March, my baby brother Johnny Bravo had to leave too. I cried like a baby on many occasions. But even though he is back in England, I think of him everyday and we speak to each other as much as possible. I love you Johnny Bravo!

June – August
I don’t remember much about these months. Summer in Korea is always a blur because the heat. I remember being heart broken by the infamous Model. 
I also remember that my boss resigned and this is when my year started to go bad. As you guys have read in my previous blog post ‘Goodbye.’ I had a terrible time at work after my boss left.

September – October
From September to the 15th of October, I went through hell. I couldn’t decide if I was going to continue on in my job or if I was going to find a new job. I ended up leaving on the 15th of October after arguing with my director about my severance pay. When I got my pay, I left. The following week, I had an interview in an amazing place. English Village. And I got the job on the day that I went to the interview. I started working the following week. But with a new job, I had to move houses. While I was moving back to Seoul, I knew my apartment wasn’t going to be as nice as my old apartment but I had no choice. So I moved and you can read about it here.

November – December
In November, I settled into my job and actually started teaching. I also met an amazing guy. I knew him for a while before, since I was living in Bucheon, but things only got serious in November. The problem is, he lives in Gimpo, but we are making it work by taking turns to go to each others houses over the weekend or sometimes during the week.
Even though our relationship is new, it has been a little bit stressful at times. He speaks the tiniest bit of English, so I have to rack my brains for all my Korean. And then sometimes we have miscommunication problems because of culture. But most of the time, I am so happy to be with him and this seems to be the first proper relationship since Prince Charming.
I don’t want to jinx anything though!

And now, it is exactly one week until Christmas! I was hoping to be able to spend this Christmas at home with my family, but since I had to change jobs, I can’t take a holiday and the downside of working at an English village is that we have a winter camp that starts the week after Christmas. So no break. On the plus side, I have someone who I am in a relationship with to spend Christmas with this year! Considering Christmas is a couple holiday in Korea. How many times am I going to say Christmas? Christmas.

I am looking forward to what the new year will bring. I am thinking about what my new years resolution should be. Even though I usually don’t keep them!

I hope you all had a great year and I will try to update again before Christmas! If not, Merry Christmas and my next post will be about what I did, if I do anything interesting.