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So a lot of small things have happened in the past week… we got our visa permission numbers which means we will get our visas very soon! Just have to go to the Korean Embassy in DC and go through an interview process. Apparently this isn’t extremely formal but I’ll probably overprepare anyway. I’m excited to have a second visa in my passport (currently have one for Spain)– makes me feel like a real world traveler! Ultimate goal: need extra pages. We’ll probably do that this week.
Second thing – Beth emailed me a few details on our apartment. We’re going to have one in the same complex as them, which is great. It’ll be nice to have someone close by who knows the ropes… I’m afraid of small tasks such as using a washing machine since it’s all in Korean! We’re going to have a three bedroom apartment with a balcony. I’ve been brainstorming uses for the two extra bedrooms. Sure, we could go the normal route and each have an office or something, but we could also have a giant ballpit. Only time will tell (read: Andy will put his foot down).
Once we get our visas, Mr. Kim is going to buy our plane tickets. I can’t believe we’re getting closer and closer to our departure (92 days!). It doesn’t feel quite real yet, but I know it will soon. Then there will be the biggest challenge of all… packing…
After several months (and lots of $$ later), Andy and I finally got the first leg of the visa paperwork out to South Korea. We had to visit what felt like every office in DC, but after all of the bureaucracy, Mr. Kim received our package. He’s now using it to start our visa application process, and when it comes back to us… we have to make an appointment at the Korean Consulate, etc. So on one side, it’s miserable because who really likes paperwork? But on the other, it’s great because it means we’re moving along!
Even though we have almost four months left, I’ve been mentally prepping myself for everything I’m going to have to do. Right now… shopping is on my mind 🙂 With all the sales and holidays coming up, I’m thinking about the new wardrobe I’m going to need! I spoke with Beth and she told me that while the men have to wear a shirt and tie, the women can wear whatever they want (this includes jeans and casual tops). Still, I want to buy something a bit more business casual so I feel some sense of authority. My J.Crew gift card has been calling my name since September…
I have a feeling that once I have a lot of things to do to prepare, it’s going to be a ton at once. I probably won’t think this then, but for now I’m excited!