Sunday, September 23, 2007

Progress?

The first and most frustrating aspect about the process of going to Korea, is the fact that my school will not send me any information about my living situation. I've already signed my contract, and as such the school drags their heels about sending me information or even responding to my emails.
Coupled with Korea's horrid reputation among email spam filters, and nothing gets through to my inbox. Sometimes I wonder if the school I selected even exists! The current teacher has only responded to one of my 3 or 4 emails, and i've yet to see the promised photos of my future apartment. In any case, I leave for Brazil next week Sunday so maybe my nerves will settle by the time I actually arrive in Korea.
I've made my pilgrimage to the Korean consulate in Chicago, received my E-2 visa and now all of my preparations are set. All I have to do is throw away all of my earthly possessions, pack my bags and enjoy the ride.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Visa Numbers

My Korean immigration Visa numbers have come, next step Chicago. Final step, living-spree.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Immigration

Keeping in mind my proclivity for complaining, I would like to delve into the world that is my hatred for GVSU. I received an email today from my recruiter informing me that my school in Daegu is reluctant to hand over my documents to Korean immigration, fearing that my diploma is a fake. Grand Valley, in their infinite wisdom, thought it appropriate to print my diploma on flimsy paper in a much smaller than expected form. My school apparently suspects that it is a fake, and I have no way to verify its authenticity without wasting precious time. I leave for South America in exactly 24 days, which means that I have roughly a week and a half to get this all worked out before it causes a serious problem with my schedule.

I would just like to thank GVSU for their continued ineptitude and seemingly boundless desire to muck things up.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Fruition

I've finally settled my teaching position business and now approach the departure date with trepidation. I sent a package of papers to my future employer in Daegu South Korea at quite a premium via FedEx and the next day sent my physical passport out to the Brazilian consulate to get a tourist visa. I fly out of Grand Rapids on September 30 to visit my friend Suzana in Sao Paulo Brazil, then return 3 weeks later on October 23 or so only to fly out on October 25th for Korea.
I'm hoping that any jet lag issues can be assuaged without destroying my health, but I have a feeling i'll end up catching a cold somewhere during transit. In any case, i'm quite excited about my first visit to Brazil. My passport will hopefully come back from the Brazilian consulate in time to send it back out to the Korean consulate and return with both visas in time to leave Sept 30. It's going to be extremely close, but it's out of my hands now. I can only sit back and trust the overwhelming efficiency of various national government agencies.
More importantly however, if I make it to Brazil I will be listening to the girl from Ipanema on my iPod while I walk down the beach in Ipanema. I can't help but break a smile just thinking about it! Assuming the timing works out and I don't lose all of my money, I will be in Brazil in a little less than a month! Finally, it's time for a living-spree.