-Where were you born?
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
-In which country and city are you living now?
Seoul, South Korea
-Are you living alone or with your family?
I am living alone.
-How long have you been living in Korea?
So far, I've been in Seoul for two and a half years.
-What is your age?
-When did you come up with the idea of living in Korea?
My relationship had just ended. I needed a big change in a big way. I'd always wanted to teach overseas so I jumped at the change and took off.
-Was it hard to get a visa or a work permit?
No, not all all.
-Was it difficult for you to get medical insurance before you went there or when you first arrived?
Actually, I didn't do this. I got my medical insurance when I arrived.
-How do you make your living in Korea? Do you have any type of income generated?
I make my living as an ESL instructor in the public school system. I highly recommend going with public schools over the private hogwan system. There are a ton of places to research jobs. Just look at my site.
-Do you speak Korean and do you think it's important to speak the local language?
You can survive in Korea without learning the language, but I'm tired of simply surviving. It's time to learn the language. I wish I had started when I first arrived.
-Do you miss home and family sometimes?
I do miss family. Practically everything you could want can be found in Seoul. I like to sight see, write, go to coffee houses, eat Korean food, etc. There is something here for everyone.
-Do you have other plans for the future?
I am thinking of returning to school. I am also always looking forward to more travel.
-What about housing, have you bought, or are you renting a home? How much do you pay for it?
I am living in an apt provided by my employer.
-What is the cost of living in Korea?
You could very easily make it on 1,000,000W a month in Seoul. That's including eating out, paying bills, and other entertainment. If you're more frugal you can save much more.
-What do you think about the locals?
So far I've had great expriences with the people here. I've only had one two mishaps.
-What are the positive and negative aspects of living in Korea
You can experience a new land and culture firsthand. Though if you don't know the language it can make things a bit isolating.
-Do you have any tips for our readers about living in Korea?
Learn the language. At least learn to read the alphabet, it will make your life easier. Realize that it isn't the West and that Koreans do things different sometimes. Go with the flow, unless its something totally egregious.
-Do you have any favorite Web sites or blogs about South Korea?