Strokkur. Not the hugest, but impressive nonetheless.

Strokkur. Not the hugest, but impressive nonetheless.

Looking out over Thingvallavatn Lake in Thingvellir National Park. Taken from above the site of Iceland’s first parliament.

Looking out over Thingvallavatn Lake in Thingvellir National Park. Taken from above the site of Iceland’s first parliament.

Gullfoss waterfall. Iceland and Europe’s biggest.

Gullfoss waterfall. Iceland and Europe’s biggest.

Thingvellir National Park, Iceland. Ridiculously clear water, all pooled in a crack where two tectonic plates are slowly tearing away from eachother.

Thingvellir National Park, Iceland. Ridiculously clear water, all pooled in a crack where two tectonic plates are slowly tearing away from eachother.

Another one of Reykjavik, this time looking over the city pond. Calm and clear this morning, none of the crazy winds of yesterday.

Another one of Reykjavik, this time looking over the city pond. Calm and clear this morning, none of the crazy winds of yesterday.

Reykjavik, Iceland.

Reykjavik, Iceland.

Live jazz with a couple of beers (and some surreptitious swigs of schnapps) makes for a very chilled evening.

Hallgrimskirkja Church, Reykjavik. Also the statue in front is of Leiger Eiriksson (sp?) who was apparently the first Norseman to discover America I believe

Hallgrimskirkja Church, Reykjavik. Also the statue in front is of Leiger Eiriksson (sp?) who was apparently the first Norseman to discover America I believe

View to the North of Reykjavik over the bay. Taken from the towet of Hallgrimskirkja church.

View to the North of Reykjavik over the bay. Taken from the towet of Hallgrimskirkja church.

Reverse homesickness?

So I’ve been home for 6 weeks or so now, I’ve moved down to London and you know what? I’m a bit homesick for Korea.  Never considered that going home would make me homesick.  Don’t get me wrong, I love some things about being back; I’m living with one of my best friends, I’m in a pretty cool city, there’s real pubs again and good Indian food everywhere… but its just not the same somehow.

To be fair, a huge part of this could be the fact that as it turns out, while in Korea I had a good job that I enjoyed (most of the time), here I have pretty rubbish prospects.  Too many applicants for each job, not enough experience, plus the fact that I’m burning through savings just making rent.

It also doesn’t help that while I’m applying for jobs now there’s this nagging feeling that once I get one and get into this office situation I’m going to realise I just want to be back in a classroom.

I miss Korea’s food, social life, public transport, weather, my motorbike, even my students (although not all of them).  Why did I come home again? Maybe I should have just moved somewhere new in Korea like Seoul, or back to Pohang or something.