5.18.2013

한국에 오신 것을 환영합니다


Curious about the title? It says 'Welcome to Korea'...in Korean! 
Looks like that is where we are headed in the near future! 




After months of waiting for things to fall into place, after dozens of applications and resumes sent out, after numerous interviews, MacGyver has settled on working as a contractor in Korea. Once his passport is in and the hiring process complete, he'll be on a plane. The kids and I will follow shortly.


We are excited but still a little incredulous and definitely overwhelmed. The company for whom he'll be working makes no provisions for shipping any household goods (HHGs) other than the tools he'll need for his job. Nor do they pay for anyone's plane ticket other than the employee. So anything we ship over as well as our plane tickets will have to come out of our pocket.


We do not know how long we will be there. Our plan (I know, I can hear God chuckling right now) is to sell anything that does not hold sentimental value or is not irreplaceable and put the rest in storage. We'll ship over clothing, bed linens (one set per bed), our school supplies (the basics, not everything), a few personal items, a few kitchen items I doubt I'll be able to find in Korea and don't want to rebuy, and that's about it!


I'm still trying to wrap my brain around it all. I"m really excited at the possibility for international travel, being able to see and touch many of the things we've studied in history, explore a new culture, learn a new language...and I'm overwhelmed at the idea of having to learn a new language, navigate a foreign country, learn a new monetary system, and be away from America. I've never set foot outside of the United States, other than a few hours in Haines Junction (Canada) on our way down from Alaska. I've never been to Mexico. Hawaii and Alaska are as close as I've ever come to living outside of the United States. So this is new.


Very, very new.


I'm thrilled that MacGyver has a job, doing what he loves to do and one that will take him closer to his long term goals. I just need to remember to breathe...




Pau. (I'm going to have to figure out what 'done' means in Korean.)




- hfs

10 comments:

Pogue said...

Congratulations! You'll have a ball in Korea. I envy you your first trip overseas - there's nothing like it!

Sarah Mettinger said...

HFS ...

행운을 빌어 요
haeng-un-eul bil-eo yo( good luck)

Homefront Six said...

Aw, thanks! There's a LOT to do before any of us heads over...hopefully MacGyver will be the one doing most of that work. And I'm not looking forward to the separation but we've endured worse and it will just fuel our excitement about getting over there.

Mushy said...

Whoa!

Homefront Six said...

That's what I said! And what I'm still saying...

Beth said...

Good luck! You guys will do great!

HMS Defiant said...

That is good news. I found Korea to be a fascinating place and enjoyed my visits there very much. A friend of mine enjoyed it so much that he took his wife for 10 days and they drove around together.
No matter where you go you will find that almost all of it Korea is within easy driving distance. There highways are phenomenally good. The sea food is best down Mokpo way. They have a great museum (Natural History) and the Bosung Tea Plantation! Inchon was turning into a nice little town last time I was there about 3 years ago. Seoul is simply amazing. I liked Busan and Chinhae. when you get the chance next year if you can see the Cherry Trees bloom in the spring in Chinhae it is beautiful.
I think you all will have a great time.
Yabisayoh
Kum sum ni dah.

Curtis

OldAFSarge said...

Awesome HFS!

I was stationed in Korea for four years. My wife is Korean. Korea is an awesome place.

행운을 빌어 요! (Good luck!)

FHL said...

Wow Wow Wow!!!!!! I have a friend there now and she seems to like it :) Does his job at least allow you to ship to an APO address??? Hope so! How exciting!

Homefront Six said...

Yes - we will have an APO (thank the Lord!) so that is going to be a lifesaver.

Right now, The Girl is teaching herself some basic Korean and we are going to start formal lessons in the fall. I'm loving everything I'm learning thus far about the country and just read that they are opening up a direct subway/train line between Seoul and Osan/Humphreys. $1.60!! Beats the $7/gallon gas. We're getting more excited by the day!