Istanbul is one of those huge cities with both way too many things to see and longer distances to navigate to get there. Because my mom and I had a short time in Istanbul, only five full days (we traveled to Cyprus as well), I suggested that we look into a tour that covered some of the most famous sites in a shorter amount of time, right at the beginning of our trip. The idea was that we’d see the must-sees and wouldn’t waste any time getting lost on the way there, and in the process get ourselves somewhat oriented to getting around the city. So I did a little blog research and came across My Local Guide Istanbul, also known as Salih.
I’ve never been a big fan of group trips while I’m living abroad, because of a few (admittedly petty) reasons. first of all, I despise being part of a foreigner parade and watching locals gawk at “all the foreigners”. it’s weird. it’s uncomfortable. secondly, I am pretty introverted and when it comes to spending an excess amount of hours with a bunch of people I am somewhat obligated to make small talk with, I get overwhelmed. I’d rather not. the last reason is that I like doing my own thing, because group tours will often visit sites that I’m simply not interested in. I wanna see my own places. I like to wander off the trail and do my own thing. but, all that being said, I made an exception over a recent weekend and signed up for a two-day group trip with Adventure Korea. (the same company that took me on the DMZ trip.)
I’m aware that the rest of the world may have already figured this out ages ago, but I am feeling prettttty accomplished right now. I figured out how to do something that completely changes my life. the world of technology is wonderful but dark and mysterious, and I’ve finally managed to cast light on one of the more important secrets hiding in the murky depths of cords and plugs and screens and stuff: I now am able to get my computer screen and audio to play on my TV. Continue reading accomplishing things in Korea: technology
while talking to people here and there, I’ve come to realize something I had previously overlooked: my job is awesome.
I’m not talking about my job teaching English in Korea (which is also pretty awesome), but about my specific job. my school, my contract and my living situation is pretty bad-ass. it’s also the only job I applied for, so it’s pretty obvious that I lucked-out big time.