Off to a Foreign Land

Exciting things have been brewing over the past few months, and after many Skype interviews, gathering far too much paperwork, and several trips down to the consulate; I now have a fancy little stamp in my passport that will grant me entry into a country I have never visited, yet will be moving to in a matter of weeks days!

Rooftop Details

But let me give you a few hints about this mysterious destination before I reveal it (though perhaps my incessant tweeting and the picture above already have):

– This country was once a Japanese colony

– It has the world’s highest estimated national IQ (Are you serious?!)

– They cloned the world’s first dog – Snuppy (I had no idea a dog had ever been cloned!)

– On weekends you’ll likely find me drinking soju and shouting ‘gumbay!’

– It has one of the world’s most heavily fortified borders

– I’ll probably end up singing off-key in more than one noraebang

– and when people snap a photo I’ll be saying ‘kimchi‘ instead of ‘cheese’

So have you guessed it?

Do you know where I’m heading?


Yes, I will be going where many a graduate has gone before. South Korea, meet your latest recruit! I’ll be teaching English in a city not too far from Seoul and I cannot wait to meet my students, get lost in the city, have awkward lost in translation moments at the market, order random food off a menu because I can’t read hangul, and have a grand old time!

Have you taught/lived/worked in Korea?


  • Tee says:

    Congrats on the job/move! I visited Seoul last year and I loved it.

  • phillegitimateh says:

    I spent a year in Korea too. The really crucial question is: where will you be? I was in a very rural area, and can’t say it was much fun, but I spent many, many weekends in Seoul, which I loved. Ultimately the balance was good, too; you miss out on a lot if you don’t explore beyond Seoul. I had friends in Seoul who had never seen squat toilets. I couldn’t even imagine what Korea would look like without squatters.

    • thatbackpacker says:

      I’ll be in Yongin which isn’t too far from Seoul, so I’ll definitely be getting my dose of city life. But I’ll be sure to get out there and explore the rural side – I already have my eye on the Boseong tea fields.

  • Zhu says:

    When I saw the picture, I thought “China”, then I read the bit about the Japanese colony and thought “Taiwan!”

    I’m too chino-centric 😆

    I’m not help for Korea as I’ve never been there but all the people I know who taught English there loved it. Congrats!

    • thatbackpacker says:

      Haha, I can see the Chinese influence for sure. 😀 That would’ve been my first guess prior to reading up on South Korea.

  • Rachel says:

    Awesome! I’m living in Incheon now, where in the Seoul area will you be?

  • kknott says:

    Amazing! Congrats! Excited to read about your future adventures 🙂

  • Modern Seoul says:

    건배 (cheers) and welcome to Korea, coming for someone who was in your position not so long ago (well 3 years ago : )), your in for an exciting ride. Good luck.

  • Stephanie - The Travel Chica says:

    Very exciting! I look forward to hearing about your new home.

  • Alison says:

    Sounds great, I’m sure this will be an amazing adventure. I initially thought Japan from the picture 🙂

  • Sally says:

    I’ve been to Seoul a few times & have loved it. I would love to go back to Korea to live, and am actually surprised I haven’t yet. There is so much good food, good fun and hot men there I think if I moved there I would never leave!
    Good luck & I look forward to hearing your stories.

  • Thats so exciting. I can’t wait to read about it!

  • Sarah's toothbrush says:

    Obviously I’m PUMPED for you!

    I can’t wait to meet up and have all sorts of watered-down beer together! Now, that sounds like fun, doesn’t it? 🙂

    • thatbackpacker says:

      Mmm mmm, watered-down beer. Sounds…refreshing! 😀

      And I’ve been working on my Hangul. You know, so I can read a language I don’t actually speak… Should be fuuun!

  • Sheena Rae says:

    Have an absolutely wonderful time – I have a few friends who have said that teaching in Korea has changed them for the better! I look forward to following your adventure!

  • Quite an adventure! Wish you all the best 🙂

  • This Battered Suitcase says:

    How exciting!! My best friend has been living in Korea for almost 5 years now. She makes lots of great videos on life as an expat:

  • Pris Killingly says:

    Ah, congrats to you! I’ve really been contemplating making that leap too. Maybe i’ll get inspired now that you’ll be blogging about it 😉

  • Shivya says:

    Never been, but I hear South Korea is beautiful, especially during the winter. Look forward to reading about your adventures 🙂

  • Great post just found your site, can’t wait to read more.

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