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Beer Goggles and Nostalgia

We've all had a 'beer goggles' moment, one where something just looked SO DAMN GOOD that you leapt in feet first or lips first, in awe of your chance encounter with some kind of greatness.

I ended up clicking on an ad link in Facebook today about teaching in Korea and I was quite impressed by the video for its 'beer goggles' way of presenting Sparkling Korea.

Sparkling Korea

For most of you who don't know, Sparkling Korea is actually Korea Tourism's slogan for the place. It was quite a funny inside joke of all us teachers about how 'Sparkling' the place could be. The cities had their own slogans, usually with really ridiculous adjectives placed in front of the town's name. Unfortunately none come to mind however when I saw this video, I thought for sure the makers could work for Korea Tourism.

A few things they are correct - you CAN save $1000 a month and YOU DO get a bonus when you leave. You can also stress for the duration of your contract about getting paid and also about getting that bonus but in the end, it will be paid to you.

You can PLAN to travel during your time in Korea however since Koreans work about 10 hours a day and don't get any time off, PLANNING will really be all you'll find the time or energy to do.

I hate to be tongue and cheek or appear negative about the place - I've already established that in the end there WERE so many amazing things about it override anything bad about it but I must just say this.

I want to go to the Korea THIS guy talks about. Oh, and if you notice in the video, he has some VERY REPUTABLE teachers singing his praises, at a party he seems to be hosting, where they're all kinda at the 6th drink stage of 'I love you man, you're the best, this is the best, Korea's the best, oh god man, gotta barf'.

I'd still like to go there.

Comments

liz said…
looks like starface at 1 am!!! drunkies! love the girl who says she had all kinds of help "through this ORDEAL"!!!! HAHA!
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