So, awhile back I wrote about our urge to move back to Korea. B and I were missing it at the time and thinking about the risks and benefits of going back next year after Bebe is born. Well, we’re still thinking about it, still missing it, and still not loving where we’re living right now.
Just to get you a little up to speed, we left Korea in March of this year after living there for two years, came back to the US, and moved to eastern North Carolina in July after B got a job teaching English at a community college nearby.
If we didn’t have our little Bebe coming and if my belly weren’t rounding so pleasantly that all who behold me can’t help but coo, we
probably definitely would be a lot more disgruntled in our present situation. B’s job is far from fulfilling and it’s hard for him to not compare his students now with his students in Korea. About 50% of his current students are openly scamming the government for student loans. When they do come to class, they behave like ridiculous fourteen-year-olds. The students who actually make an effort to learn have been so massively failed by the American public school system that much of B’s time with them is spent not in activities that could possibly give them a professional edge, but in trying to convince them that even if it sounds correct to write, “We is going to the store”, it is, in fact, very incorrect. A lot of the time they don’t believe him.
If you’d like to know the other thirty-four and a half reasons why we want to move somewhere else, I would be more than happy to tell you. I’d list them all here on the blog in David Letterman fashion, but I don’t think that’s what all the writing tip blogs have in mind when they instruct you to create lists to attract readers. Correct me if I’m wrong, but that’s more personal journal fodder.
SO. We have to decide in January if B is going to renew his contract for the 2012-2013 school year. Although we waffle on a weekly basis on what decision we’re going to make, most of the time we end conversations with the sentiment that we will leave, and then we make lists of what we can be doing now to make it happen.
Trust me, I know it’s risky. We WILL have an infant. I know. But here’s the thing: we may be naive, but our naivete is at least slightly informed. We’ve done a lot of stuff way more risky than this before (it’s hard to believe, but we have) and come out alive.
But we’re not set on Korea. We’re looking at about twenty-five other cities in America where we would like to live. City is the operative word here; not to knock rural life or anything as I know it has its merits, but B and I both have degrees and professional backgrounds that lend themselves better to more densely-populated areas. Plus we just like living around big hunks of concrete.
Now, here’s our top five list of cities we’re heavily investigating. That’s more like the lists they tell you to write, eh?
1. Chicago (Cue Sufjan Stevens) I mean, obviously. We lived there before, loved it, and miss it almost as much as we miss Seoul. I effing love Chicago.
2. San Francisco I know my best friend Cameron would kind of want to kill us a little for moving there RIGHT after she left the Bay Area for Pasadena after living in Berkeley for nearly seven years, but how can you blame someone for wanting to be in San Francisco? And BART is not so bad.
3. Raleigh, North Carolina This one is kind of a no-brainer, too. Raleigh is the closest city to where we’re living now and would be an ideal move for us. It’s a beautiful city.
4. Minneapolis/ St. Paul, Minnesota Maybe we’re freaks because we like the idea of being frozen during the winter, but that’s probably just in retaliation against our southern childhoods when snow was legendary yet lackluster when it did make an appearance. Many of our fellow foreigner friends in Korea were from the Twin Cities, and whenever we waxed poetic about our Chicago days, they advised us to look into this area. If it’s good enough for Mary Tyler Moore, it’s good enough for me.
5. Atlanta Whenever we go to Atlanta, B and I are always struck with how easily we could picture ourselves there. It’s a cool southern metropolis. And like Raleigh, it wouldn’t be a difficult move for us since it’s relatively close by.
That’s our top five for now. Now, here’s your chance to be a cheerleader for your city/country and convince me of its awesomeness. And we’re not limited to the US. Maybe we’ll end up being real-life friends if I someday find myself there. :D