I am a 24 year old photojournalist teaching English for a year (I arrived on May 23rd) on the small island of Jindo, at South Korea’s southwestern-most tip.  I am in a very rural area, so I work at seven public middle schools, as well as teaching the teachers themselves twice a week.  I have 823 students, and I see each class approximately once every two weeks.

There are only 4 other foreigners here in town, but the area is beautiful and I enjoy going for walks through the paddies in the evenings after work, so it’s not so bad.  Plus, the famous Jindo dogs are everywhere.

*Note: “Waygook” is the Korean word for “foreigner”.


I do often come here to rant, so please take my statements with a grain of salt.

8 Responses to “About”

  1. 1 joy August 4, 2008 at 11:32 am

    well whatever your rants maybe I am sure they are well earned seeing where you live and how much work you have on your hands.

    I would give up the city for your neck of the woods but due to health reason I need modern tools close at hand.

    good luck with it all!

  2. 2 Driftingfocus August 4, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Aw, thank you. Yeah, I enjoy where I am, I just wish I had a less insane supervisor and half as many (or less!) students. And, you know, a desk. If I had not brought a laptop, I have no idea what I would do.

  3. 3 Rubashov October 28, 2008 at 1:52 am

    Dear Kelsey,
    Thanks very much for the compliment. I’d be delighted if you added Darkness at Noon to your blogrolls, though I probably won’t be updating it much since I’ve returned to the States and life just isn’t as interesting here.

    In the meantime, I’m looking forward to reading about your own misadventures abroad…



  4. 4 Driftingfocus October 31, 2008 at 8:09 am

    Aw, I think you should still continue to update it. You’re a good writer, and I think you will find that normal life still provides good material.

    I hope you enjoy my two blogs!

  5. 5 Korean guy December 13, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    WayGook means “Foreign country”. If you want to say “foreigner”, it should be “WayGookIn”. 🙂

  6. 6 Shane Bennett November 18, 2009 at 9:43 pm

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  7. 7 Calie March 27, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    It’s such a pity that I just found this blog just as you were moving to a new one 😦

    I really enjoyed all your articles, since I am a half-Korean trying to reconnect with my roots and was considering traveling to Korea to teach English for a while, but my favorites had to be the ones about the Jindo. Especially the one with the local woman and the Jindo who rode her scooter 🙂 I have a Jindo myself, Gomi, and this was such a cute blog to run in to.

    It really made my day and I hope I can keep up with your new work!

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