I’m kind of cheating because I’ve started this blog entry for Day 73 a little early: three-and-a-half hours before the actual day officially begins. That’s because I have some time now and I will be disconnected from home internet service for a few days.
Not that I have a lot to say at the moment. I went out and had a sumptuous steak dinner for which I paid too much, but enjoyed lingering in the kind of restaurant where you can linger in Korea, which are too few. Then I went to a foreigner’s bar just to hang out. It being a Monday, it was awfully quiet, but I chatted with the bartender and a customer. The bartender ran some playbacks of Olympic games competitions. Apparently, there was a big bash the night before, when hoards filled the venue in order to watch the gold medal hockey game. The bartender was just finishing wiping down the place with bleach when I, the first customer, arrived.
He’s an English teacher working at university during the daytime who recently bought half this bar with another teacher and works most evenings at the bar. Must be 30ish and he used to be a public school teacher in the US where the pay is very low for school teachers.He’s still on a teaching visa, though the law is quite clear that people on teaching visas must only be working in education. Some of the Canadian and American guys, though, get away with things in this town. It’s smart to take the most advantage of the Korean system while you can, I believe. Scoop up the gravy while you can. However, most seem to spend a lot on travel and partying, saving little.
They’re to come for me between nine and ten o’clock this morning, and I am ready. I have to had to lay out the bedding, and I just had a cursory shower, so that I just have to repack the bedding and towel, and take down the curtains after a convenience store brekkie. I’ll unplug the PC and monitor at the last moment.
Tonight night will be another night crashing amid bags and boxes. There probably won’t be an opportunity to clean the new place before finding a place to store everything for lack of space.
A nationwide general strike is in the wind. I hope the move goes well despite that.