Thinking about the future can be pretty scary. For every decision that we make, there are a thousand “What if” questions that can crop up. What if I had done this or that differently? What if I hadn’t said that, or gone there? This is as true for travel as it is anything else. My life changed dramatically when I said “What if I do apply to EPIK?”, which (if you are a regular reader) you will know I did back in 2013.
So, the more observant amongst you will notice that I haven’t posted anything on here for a while. This is because (as I am sure you know) I have been in the process of moving countries. Moving from sleepy Cheongju to Quebec in Canada. This move marks an end to An Englishman In Chungbuk. But fear not – it also marks the beginning of a new chapter in this blog’s life. An Englishman In Quebec has been born.
So, what does this mean for you, dear reader? Well, I will (obviously) no longer be posting things to do with the subject of Korea. That was an obvious move because I no longer live there. Instead, expect so much Canadian themed content you could shake a moose at it. I plan to post articles about my life here for the next four months, including restaurant reviews, information about the area I am staying in (Chambly and Montreal for the more curious among you), photo compilation blogs of life here in the Chambly area. So, basically, much of what you have come to expect from this blog.
I have also put my second blog on a temporary hiatus. This means that I have the time and energy to work on creating great content for this site. In fact, the first thing I need to do is a “rebranding”, so to speak. This means a new layout, menus and site banner to reflect my move to Canada.
Well, that is it for this short update. Expect my new site to be up and redesigned within a few weeks and keep your eyes open for my first Canadian post.
So, let’s face it. I’ve been a bit shit at posting on here recently. For all you know, I could have spontaneously combusted. Luckily, I didn’t – I’ve been mostly fine. Largely, I have been preparing to jet off to colder climes (Canada, for anyone who somehow doesn’t know). And you know what – this has got me thinking about living abroad in many different ways.
In my opinion, a lot of people who start travelling do so because they are a little…broken. Not in a bad way, but something has happened to make their brain think “You know…we should give up everything we’ve ever known, go somewhere completely new and see how that works out”. I know for me this was certainly the case. I was dealing with some pretty bad mental health issues and I think that was (a part) of the reason that I came to Korea. An attempt to get away from it all. It didn’t work, of course. How can you outrun yourself? But I have learnt some other important things living abroad.
I suppose you might think this a strange subject for me to write about. And it probably is. I mean, after all, who is interested in my trips to the cinema in Korea? Well, hopefully, some people out there are because going to the cinema here is quite the experience.
So, I have been struggling to come up with a topic for today’s post all weekend. And then I realised that not many people talk about living here in Korean cities. Even if they do, it is often Seoul-based. There is nothing wrong with this but Seoul is different from the rest of Korea (much more forward thinking, much more to do and easier access to ‘Western things’). I live in one of the smaller regional capital cities in Korea (Cheongju, the capital of the Chungbuk province) and I am going to write a short post on what that is like.