Thursday, August 15, 2013

Thankful Thursday: 8/15/13

[Thankful Thursday is a weekly segment that began 1/10/13 - read why here.  I invite you to join me in practicing gratitude!]

I am so grateful for all of the help and advice regarding South Korea that friends and acquaintances have provided me.  On Monday of this week I finally got to meet the blogger Soren (World of Soren), who generously gave me the book Culture Shock! Korea, as well as much advice, kindness, and an introduction to his friend who taught in the Korean elementary school I've been placed in.  A professor from my job I just left has introduced me via email to a past Korean PhD student of his.  A friend's roommate who I met for the first time sent me a blog link of her friend that's currently teaching in Korea.  So many people have asked me if I want contact info for their friend/acquaintance living in South Korea.  The advice and willingness to help has been outstanding!

I'm doing the same for people headed to Madrid for the first time, as some emails with questions have started to trickle in now that it's nearing fall once again.  I'm trying to get out as many more "how to" posts as I can on Oh No She Madridn't -- before I overwrite all of my Madrid street knowledge with South Korean cultural smarts!  I have found that expats are generally willing to help a fellow newbie expat, so I'm not necessarily surprised by all of the Korea advice offers, but rather, appreciative.
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  1. Congrats! Teaching in South Korea is bound to be exciting and enriching. I don't have any Korean experience, but this article might be useful:

    Years ago, I used Culture Shock! Belgium and found it to be very helpful. Hopefully the rest of the brand is as well :)

    1. Thanks for the article! Yeah, the book was great. It's really the only real preparation I've done, but I think it was a lot better than spending hours surfing the net. I might share a few of the more interesting cultural no-nos from the book on the blog.