Why are you in Korea?

I don’t understand why some people even bother leaving their own country. Let’s tasker many if the English teachers here for example.  There are quite a few that don’t even bother learning the language.  Seems kinda dumb not even trying to really communicate with the residents of a foreign country that are paying your salary.  Its like being invited to d’oeuvres host but never, ever speaking with the owners.

On top of that, they also just hang out in the bar area of Seoul, drink every weekend and never see any more than the school they work at (which they hate) our the bar they hang out in.  There is a whole culture out there that is 25 times older than the one you came from!  Yet out there and learn something dammit!

Then there are the tourists that never really leave their country.  Ok, sure, visit the tourist trap areas, fine but when your are taking “memorable pictures” of you and your companions sitting in a Starbucks dinking coffee, why the hell did you leave your country?  You are in a country with 5000 years of history and this is what you want to remember?  Hell, there is a demonstration just down the street, why not go there? Just follow the loud traditional music playing!

People are given an awesome chance in their life and they squander it.

Author: DragonDon

Having a love of travel has lead me to move to South Korea in 2010. Moving to an Eastern culture from a Western culture is a wild experience and there is never a dull day!

24 thoughts on “Why are you in Korea?”

  1. Great post. It’s hard to believe anyone would travel to a place like Korea just for the job, but it sounds like that’s what they’re doing. ….why indeed!

  2. I saw the same thing while living on Okinawa with the Navy. You pick your duty station, so the individual pretty much knows they may very well be stationed in foreign lands. I recall one woman referring to the locals as “foreigners” because there were apparently only two groups of people: Americans and Foreigners. Others never participated or experienced life with the locals. One woman told me she didn’t want to associate with “gooks.” I wondered the same thing: why did you pick a foreign duty station? No wonder people in other countries aren’t fond of Americans.

    1. Well, you don’t have to vote for the current broken system, but at least a word on a blog helps. Maybe look for a better system because the current one can’t be fixed…..well technically it IS fixed…heh

      1. Ack – I came across as sarcastic… I meant yeah – I read the news and all, but what change I could effect seems so far away, on the periphery, of my daily activities. Sorry about the sardonic tone… but ha, right: “rigged.”

      2. The power of change is in the masses. Doing something is better than nothing. We really don’t know what kind of effect we will have ont he world at large…until it’s too late ;)

      1. Yay. I have been thinking about it for awhile actually. Maybe break it up into years. 2011/2012/2013 type of deal. Will take a whole bunch of work but not impossible.

      2. I can hardly wait! Include all these pictures if you can. You have a unique perception of Korea. That is what drew me into reading your blog. You have a great respect for the country while seeing the funny side and keeping track of Korea’s growth as a nation.

  3. Yep, know what you’re talking about. It really is crazy! Then they go back home and rave about all they’ve learned and seen! :-)

    1. Yeah, maybe I need to write and film a stupid little video on this….make a mini movie sort of thing…..”How to be a clueless traveler.”

      1. I have more ideas than i know what to do with. I need to find some independently wealthy person who knows what ideas would be good ones to produce.

      2. Actually, I just need someone who can frame them in a decent kickstarter presentation :) Lots of people iwht space change lying around :D

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