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The Waygook Book: A Foreigner's Guide to South Korea

The Waygook Book: A Foreigner's Guide to South Korea

by Matthew Caracciolo


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Sometimes home is best understood from the other side of the world. It’s Chicago in 2012, and Matthew has three jobs, two degrees, and one relentless itch to return home to Ohio. Rather than drive 317 miles east to Columbus, he and his wife travel 6600 miles west to teach English in South Korea. Follow Matthew as he navigates living, working and traveling in the Land of the Morning Calm. Whether he’s plucking gray hairs for a co-teacher, visiting a toilet museum, or starring in a Johannes Gutenberg documentary, Matthew approaches each new adventure along his journey home with wit, heart, and a good dose of cluelessness.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578449814
Publisher: Monday Creek Publishing
Publication date: 01/18/2019
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Matthew Caracciolo is a travel writer who primarily focuses on South Korea, the Midwest, and his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. His work has appeared on, in the Daegu Compass, Columbus Navigator, Columbus: A Book Project, and his blog on The Waygook Book: A Foreigner's Guide to South Korea is his debut novel. He lives in Columbus with his wife and their son.

Table of Contents

Leaving Chicago. 1

Orientation. 13

A Hole in My Sock. 21

A New Job. 30

Colorful Daegu. 45

Becoming Metyu Teacher 57

No Place Like Home. 72

Visiting a Frenemy. 81

Pilgrimages to Seoul 91

A New School Year 101

The Wedding Factory. 112

Seonyudo. 119

The Demilitarized Zone. 125

A Summer of Choices. 134

Do You Know Jeju?. 146

A Gutenberg Documentary. 157

Two Trips to Busan. 167

A Second Round of Holidays. 176

That Far, Marvelous Country on the Bottom of the World. 182

Badminton in the Gym.. 197

Gyeongju Marathon. 204

The Korean Bucket List 211

Leaving Korea. 224

Epilogue. 233

About the Author 239

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