Expat Life Ain't All That: That Time I Was Nearly Deported*

Friday, August 12, 2016

Greetings Everyone, it's still hot as hell in Suwon.

Sweat beads and Panda, walking to work.

The title of this post needed to be said, especially for those who are embarking on their expat journeys.

I talked about how rough my first few months were here in Korea. I have vented frustrations to loved ones, and whenever asked how I liked living here while I was home this summer, my answer was dry.

Expat life isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Some people only highlight the highs, and hide the lows. And that's fine, if that's how they choose to reflect on their experiences.

But while this journey has an enormous amount of perks, it hasn't been a cake walk.

There was the time I thought I was going to get deported after an ajushi stuck his sharp-pointed cane in my back while exiting a train among a typical herd of other people. It was the middle of winter, and I guess I wasn't walking fast enough for him. I felt a sharp stab in my back as I exited the train at Suwon Station. Startled, I turned around and saw the man fussing [in Korean], and then the look of surprise on his face when I revealed my hooded, foreign face. Instinct smacked the cane right outta his hand; petty picked the cane up and walked out of the train station with it.

This was January.

I feel safe telling this story now. CCTVs are everywhere, I thought for sure the authorities were coming for me not soon after. I was livid, and rightfully so. But if the police had actually come for me I would not have had any recourse nor rights to counter: citizens > foreigners here.
[*-They didn't come for me. I'm still here. Heh.] The behavior of the ajushi is the norm here. Most people do nothing; I'm not the one.

All that to say: yes the experience is bomb, but be prepared for nonsense every now and then.

Don't let it damper your experience, but when referencing your journey abroad, share the salt with the sugar.

Peace, blessings and excitement for those headed to new schools in new countries.

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  1. Bahahaha you took the man's cane?! I prob would have too lol.

    1. I took it and left it in a recycle bin. He's super lucky that's all I did. I felt that jab for days afterward.

  2. Hahahaha, share the salt with the sugar, lol, yessss. This is TOO funny. #HeTriedIt