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Time for goodbyes...

posted May 10, 2010, 5:59 PM by Jose Velasquez   [ updated Nov 22, 2010, 6:00 AM ]
As some of you may have heard, this is my final year in Seoul, South Korea.

For personal reasons we decided not to renew my contract with the school. As some of you have correctly guessed from my work on Flickr, I do work for Yongsan International School of Seoul (aka YISS).

I'm going to miss my kids, but such is the life of a teacher, specially an overseas one. You move when you are called to move. In any case, I can't wait to see what some of my students will do with the Spanish I've taught them. As far as I know my Spanish language program is considered by some parents to be the best in the country (or at least the best in Seoul); and this was spoken by parents who have children in both the #1 school (SFS), and our school, which is often considered #2 in the country. Nice to know I'm doing a good job in that part of my life. In any case I'll also miss the quick access to Spanish speaking embassies in Seoul, and the field trips and cultural visits and amazing resources they offered my students...

The small-town (well, mid-sized town we're moving to doesn't have any embassies as far I know). Still, we're looking forward to a slower pace of life, and having more green space for our son (and any future siblings) to run on. It'll be hard to leave a place we've called home for five years (eight in my wife's case), but being closer to family (on both sides of the northern border) will make our transition back home easier.

I can't wait to try out my dad's new Nissan truck. I hear it can take him from Toronto to Montreal on one tank! Now that's fuel efficiency for you! I also can't wait to see my little sister. She's in her final year of University, and she plans to continue on with her master's right after (good for her...I took my time getting around to my master's and will probably take another two years to finish's in Educational Technology...I told you all on Flickr I'm a bit of a geek at heart). 

This won't be my final posting from Seoul, but it's probably my penultimate one. I'm going to miss the crazy photo opportunities here, but I'm looking forward to the crazy ones I'll get in North America.

I'd like to think of this picture and this poem when I look back on our years in Korea and look forward with joy towards a hopeful, though unseen, future!

"The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow it, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

JSV hiking with his son. Photo taken by Mrs. V.

Till my final rambling or posting from Seoul, this is, hey, hey,