…like a month ago. I was in Sangju before and there were definitely some pros and cons to my situation. I wanted to renew my contract with a school in Sangju, but unfortunately, there were no openings. So instead of keeping my living/working situation, I decided to change cities (but I’m still with EPIK).
Choosing the city was no small feat, but I ultimately decided on Gumi (about 45 minutes south of Sangju). It’s a larger city than Sangju but it’s still considered a small city in Korea. Gumi comes with a lot more of the conveniences that are a part of living in a bigger city (including a bus and train station which go to more cities and more frequently). Unfortunately, I live about a 30-40 minute bus ride away from the bus terminal and train station. Anyway, this is a list of things that I think are pretty awesome about my new situation:
- My commute to work is only a 5 minute walk.
- I joined a gym which is a 12 minute walk from my home (I joined the yoga and dance classes which are offered every weekday night.)
- The closest bus stop to go to the train station or bus terminal is only 8minutes from my home and the bus cycles through about every 45 minutes.
- The ‘entertainment’ street is only a 10 minute walk: internet cafes, a batting cage, indoor golf, karaoke, an arcade, bars, and restaurants. (I’ll make a blog about these soon.)
- I love LOVE LOVE that everything I need and most of the things I want are within walking distance.
My apartment is actually smaller than my previous apartment. (This might be hard to imagine for some of you out there.) It can fit my queen-size bed, which is pretty nice; however, there’s not a lot of room for much else. I was able to choose from 4 apartments. Although it wasn’t the biggest apartment to choose from, it wasn’t the smallest either…hard to believe? Haha. I do hate that I now have the attached shower-head to sink…I was so happy having a small section for my shower…now I have to shower in front of the sink…oh well—such is Korea.