The return to Korea has been an interesting one. I’ve lived in many places in my life so that adjustment period feeling is not unfamiliar. I kept bouncing between re-adjustment and feeling like I never left. Between seeing the things that have changed and the things you know never will. On the last day of my previous contract it was announced that Kim Jong-il had died (although his actual death was 2 days earlier). If my life were a novel what kind of foreshadowing might have been taking place in that moment? I’m still not sure.
Then, in my first month back the “Great Successor” Kim Jong-un attempted to “get this party started” with his “satellite” and ,instead, ended up showing the world fireworks North Korean style. Which somehow there is no actual footage of. What would the great leader say? This embarrassment was followed by the regime’s attempt to distract everyone with some cool new statues. “Hey don’t look there! Look here! Over here!”
Next was a parade, which included what looked like some nasty North Korean missiles, but by some reports were nothing more than good old fashioned paper mache. Which is always fun! I myself have a paper mache aardvark I made in the 4th grade that remains in perfect condition to this day, so I see the appeal.
Other than that, things are going pretty well and I just might have the best job ever. Of course, I thought that at the beginning of last year too. Oh well, keep your fingers crossed and I hope you enjoy reading about my new adventures in old Korea.