Day 424

Friday | April 26th, 2013

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No buffet today. It was missed but things worked out better this way. Tomorrow I’m going to Seoul for a wedding and who knows when I’ll come back to Gyeongju. That’s wishful thinking though. I suspect I’ll be back in Gyeongju before nightfall. I had wanted to go this afternoon and stay the night, but the same problem arises: no peeps left in Seoul.

It’s not right to say I have no friends left in Seoul. I have friends and I have acquaintances. But the really close friends, POD and TD in particular have both ended up in Saudi Arabia with AP. In the years (and years) of working at the CEC, I didn’t make any new friends except through AFEK. This is all part of the larger problem of being an expat in a foreign job market with a really high turnover rate. Friends need almost constant replacing (which is why I focused more on AFEK). This is something I’ve tried to fix since coming to Gyeongju—building up (again) a strong group of friends.

Not many friends, some very busy friends, and a tight budget will see me off on Saturday morning instead. I’m going to the wedding of a Hapkido friend, a friendship made in 2006 and not as well maintained over the years as I would have liked.

Another reason to skip buffet today and come home is do the work that I would normally do on Saturday (making lessons) today. Anything could happen on Sunday and sitting around Sunday night and bashing out lessons until the wee hours when I have to get up around 09.00 sucks.

The Daily Bullet

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Daily Report

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This Old Hanok

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