Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years

Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years: Version 2.0!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Saying Goodbye!

Tonight we had a family over for dinner.  I used to teach the kids back in the day, and we ended up becoming pretty close.

They're emigrating to Canada.  They plan on opening a music and art academy when they get there.  Dad was a senior VP at a trading company, while mom is an RN who has been working in the admin end of things for the last ten years.  Things got misty as we said our goodbyes.

Their eldest just started high school while their youngest is in 2nd grade of middle.  The daughter is actually quite strong academically, but they've decided to take the plunge and make the move anyway.

It's rare to see a family with older kids like this make the move.  In the past when I did immigration counseling, most of the families had kids in elementary.  In their case, they've already invested a considerable sum in the tutoring and academies, but mom and dad have decided they really want to make a change while they still can.

Sad to see them go, but I can understand why.  Staying here means living in a box surrounding by other boxes, a total population density per square mile in an apartment complex being over 1000 in most cases.  There, they'll have a yard and trees.

Twenty years ago, the young me scoffed at suburban life.  Manicured lawns in a gated community sounded like a slow death.

Now I know it to be living in concrete boxes in complexes where the highlight of your day is scoring a parking space less than 400 meters from your building.  Ah, the folly of youth.

Me thinks plans should be made to GTFOA.

Time for some Daepo.


Anonymous said...

Not sure which is better: Your posts or the pictures that you use. Actually, both are quite fantastic.

F5Waeg said...

hey thanks! I take some of them myself, but I should pay more attention to giving proper attribution as many of them come from Google or Naver searches. There are a few easter eggs in some of the photos; they have a link embedded inside.

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