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Time to go Home: USA

Posted by Heliocentrism on August 26, 2009

June 28, 2008

Do I remember how to get home?

I Need to Travel Like People Need to Breathe

At the end of this trip it had been about a year since I was in the US. The plan, when I left Korea, was to start a new life in the US, the country to which I belong. I would get a real job, buy a car, get a mortgage, and get all the other trappings that come with being a rooted non-wanderer.  I even started applying for jobs before I left Korea. But somewhere in Vietnam I realized that I would not be happy here.

I love traveling and I cannot live anywhere for too long without feeling boxed in. I crave seeing new places, finding new ways to live, and getting immersed into new cultures. I must travel to live, like people need air to breathe.

SMOEs week-long orientation at the Hyundai Center in Seoul, South Korea


While stuck in Mongolia during this trip and searching the internet for ways to leave Ulaanbaatar, I came across a job ad for S.M.O.E., the organization that places native English teachers in the Seoul public schools. I applied for the job and sent in my resume, covering letter, and references; all before entering Russia.

Shortly after that, while in Finland, I got a reply and set a date and time for a phone interview. Luckily for me my mom had an international cell phone on which they could call me, or else I would have had to call them from a payphone somewhere. An S.M.O.E. rep called me while I was waiting for the Eurostar back to London. By the time the call ended I knew I had the job. The next day I was e-mailed an official letter stating that they were offering me a job and a list of things to do to get a visa.

Within months I was packing my bags again to head back out into the world. She never said it, but I think my mom was hoping that I would live in some other country so she could come visit me. She’s already been to Korea. My mom is a traveler too.


My family (years before I was born) moving from Panama to Grand Cayman. The little boy is Malcolm.

A Reading Rainbow Kid

I love to read. So let me recommend some books about traveling. These are books that I have read, loved, and enjoyed at various stages in my life.

The United States of America

How to get there:

You can enter my country by land, air, or sea. But I think flight would be your transportation method of choice.

I have no clue how to get a visa to the US or who needs one.


  • Use 911 for the police, fire department, or to get an ambulance
  • Use 411 for information (This might cost money.)






  • It’s a big country. You’re going to need a car.


Click here for Google maps

3 Responses to “Time to go Home: USA”

  1. Harley said

    I came across your blog while looking for info on Muuido. I love your sense of humor, and your blog is really helpful for someone looking for travel experiences in Korea, so I wanted to say thanks for putting this stuff up. =D


  2. […] took several months for me to get back to Korea. In the United States, it took 2 months for me to get my paperwork done. The Korean government had just changed the laws […]


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