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Archive for October 2018

My Upcoming Move (Plus an Upcoming Trip!)

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. I haven’t travelled anywhere since I got back from my three-month-long Southeast Asia trip in April. However, I have a very good excuse for my negligence: I’ve been busy completing an online TEFL course and preparing for my upcoming move to South Korea in February 2019! I’m going to be teaching English in a public school for a year with the EPIK program!

As you can imagine, I’m buzzing with excitement and happy nerves for this upcoming chapter of my life. I decided a little over a year ago that I wanted to take my travelling to the next level by moving abroad, and teaching English seemed like the best way to make that happen. So last May, I enrolled in International TEFL Academy’s online TEFL course, which I completed in July. At the beginning of August, I applied for a job with EPIK, and on September 11 I had a Skype interview with the person who would become my EPIK co-ordinator. After five days of wondering doubtfully whether I had passed muster with my poker-faced interviewer, I received an email notifying me that I had passed the interview! This meant that I had the OK to begin the time-consuming, expensive process of collecting all my required documents (certified criminal record check, notarized copy of my bachelor’s degree, letters of recommendation, etc.) to send to Korea. Fast-forward to the late October day on which I sit here writing this, and my thick stack of meticulously-organized documents is finally on its way to my EPIK co-ordinator in Korea. All I have to do now is sit back and wait for my all-important Notice of Appointment to be issued, telling me which province I have been assigned to live and work in. Then I’ll just have to sign my name on the dotted line, and the job is mine!

I probably won’t receive my Notice of Appointment until at least mid-December, which means I’m going to be playing the waiting game for a couple of months. Gee, I wonder what would make the time go by faster? What’s a girl to do when she’s got two months of free time on her hands? Hmmmmmm… Oh, oh! I know! TRAVEL!

Yep, I’m finally heading out on a trip again, after a long, tiresome period of sitting on my butt at home. February is still a long way off, and I wanted to squeeze in one final vacay before I start my new career and become a workaholic all over again. I figured I might as well stay on this side of the world this time, since I will have plenty of time to explore Asia while I’m living in it. And since my trip will take place in November and December, it would be nice to pick a country that can be trusted to have warm, sunny weather at that time of the year. Plus, it’s always a bonus to travel someplace where you can be immersed in a different culture than what you’re used to. Oh, and cheap transportation/accommodation/food are important too, of course.

What magical land could answer to all these criteria? For me, the answer was obvious: MEXICO!

Mexico ticked all the boxes, so to sunny May-hee-ko I go! My plane departs on the morning of November 6, and I’ll touch down in Toronto once more on December 18. Six weeks hardly seems like anything after having been spoiled by my last two trips of three months each, but I’m going to try to make the best of it. I won’t see nearly everything that I want to in Mexico, but I fully intend to have a great time all the same.

I told myself that I wasn’t going to book all of my hostels and bus tickets in advance this time, but instead would go with the flow and keep things flexible so that I can change my plans on a whim. That’s how almost every single traveller that I’ve ever met does things, and I’ve long been meaning to try out that method as well. Within a few days of booking my flight, though, I had to give up the facade and say to myself, “Who am I kidding? Of course I’m going to have the whole trip planned out in advance. Might as well book everything now!” So here I am, almost two weeks before the start of my trip, with every single dorm bed that I’ll be staying in already booked. Old habits die hard!

Here’s my Mexico itinerary:

Nov. 6-12: Mexico City

Nov. 12-15: Puebla

Nov. 15-20: Oaxaca

Nov. 20-21: overnight bus from Oaxaca to San Cristobal de las Casas

Nov. 21-25: San Cristobal de las Casas

Nov. 25-26: overnight bus from San Cristobal de las Casas to Merida

Nov. 26-Dec. 2: Merida

Dec. 2-8: Tulum

Dec. 8-13: Playa del Carmen

Dec. 13-18: Cancun

As you can see, I’m saving the best parties for last. 😉

And there you have it! Six weeks in the glorious land of guacamole and tequila. It won’t all be feasting and fiesta-ing though – I’m going to force myself to study Korean for a little bit every day of my vacation. And when I get back I’ll have a little less than two months to prepare for my move across the world. I feel like my life is finally about to begin!

For now, 안녕히 계세요!