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Books, TV, tunes and games

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Books
I read Landline by Rainbow Rowell in its entirety on the flights over. I liked the characters and really wanted things to work out for them. The story is sweet, if not particularly gripping. I rated 3/5 on Goodreads. Overall, it was a perfect plane-ride read.

My first couple weeks here I struggled through Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. Loved the concept, wasn't into the execution. This book could have been so much better, but the characters were flat. To be honest, the whole book was flat. 2/5 (I must have been feeling generous).

TV
So, the new Doctor. I quite like him. It took a couple episodes to warm up to him, but he's a nice change.

Finished "It's Okay, It's Love" and loved it. Everything was so good, even the soundtrack. Actually, a number of my Korean co-workers were watching it too. One recommended I start "Discovery of Romance" and so far I can tell it's a good one. I have to agree with my co-worker, the chemistry between the char…

Back in Korea, allive and well

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It's been almost a month since I arrived in Korea and started working. I had the most insane first week. Looking back on it I can laugh, but at the time I cried.

Long story short, the school was put into a difficult situation when a teacher left suddenly. The result was that I had to start the morning after 24 hours worth of straight travel (during which I only had about two hours worth of broken sleep). The level of pure exhaustion was unreal. In some ways it might have been good, I was numb from lack of sleep and jet lag. I couldn't feel nervous, or anything else, really. The third day in this state was the worst, and I cried at work. Not my ideal situation.

Luckily, my co-workers, foreign and Korean, are all awesome people. They helped me so much more than I can express. My director is very nice, too. She even had a cleaning service come to the apartment (that's for another day). So, despite the rocky start, I never doubted that this is a hagwon that treats its teachers…