The apartment

I arrived in Busan after a long journey and was picked up by one of my two co-teachers.  Immediately we hit it off and started discussing the direction we would like to take the students this year.  At the end of our taxi ride we arrived at my apartment.  At first I thought it was an joke.  Surely I couldn't be living in a place like this?  As we entered the huge lobby with lots of comfortable chairs, I kept thinking this must be a joke.  As we rode the elevator up to my apartment.  I still couldn't get over it.  Then we entered my apartment.  It was how can I say stunning.  Even though it was night time I could tell that the view would be stunning to say the least and that the apartment would get a lot of sun and fill me with lots of energy.  

To say this apartment is the opposite of the typical apartment in Tokyo would be an understatement.  I have 1.5 baths, 2 bedrooms, 3 verandas (one off the guest room, one off the living room, and one that is connected to the living room and room master bedroom), 4 air conditionars, in floor heating, a gym and sento in the basement, an massive outdoor balcony on the seventh floor, and a tenant only coffee shop on the 39th..  The space is huge and I'm finally accepting that this place is my home and not in fact a hotel.  Below are some pictures that compare my old apartment with the new one.  I'm sorry for the mess in the old apartment they are pictures taken after the earthquake.  

The School

The facilities of Busan International Foreign School can only be described as spectacular   Every room gets lots of natural light.  There is a soccer field, basketball court, gym, music room, Mac Mini lab, Av room (with green room), and much more.  In my classroom I have a two whiteboards, two cork boards, and a Smart Board.  I have also acquired a 4-point server which allows for my students to have access to computers at any point.  Currently I am in the process of creating a list of free programs that I would like installed to help students with various topics.

To say I am pleased with the school and the staff would be an incredible understatement.  I'm looking forward to a rewarding experience at this school and I am loving Busan
 

An end to an era

I arrived in Tokyo to begin my employment at the Canadian International School in August 2006.  During that time I held many different roles; I was a Grade 4, 3, and 6 homeroom teacher and I also was the school's librarian for 2 years.  While I was working at the school it went through its first WASC and IB PYP accreditation processesses.  Outside of the traditional roles I was also the producer/stage manager for the winter and spring concerts. For allowing me to develop such as wide range of experiences and perspectives during my time and for providing me the opportunity to have access to annual PYP training and giving me time to pursue my COETAIL courses, I will always be eternally grateful.  I am also grateful that I got to meet and work with a variety of people during this time.

During my personal time I managed to get myself involved with the Tokyo International Players.  I remember when I first went to audition for a show, I put down that I'd rather be backstage.  For that first show I was onstage stage, however for the many shows after that I was always wearing black with usually a pair of cans attached to my head.  For providing me a space to reignite my passion for live theatre and giving me for trusting me with the running of many shows, I am grateful.

As I was preparing to make my final move from Tokyo in July 2012, I was a mix of emotions.  On the one hand I was excited about the moving to a new country.  However, I have called Tokyo my home for six years and it is a city that has a magical hold on people.  In the end I was sad to leave the city but new that it was best decision.  

To all my friends I left, I am only an e-mail, comment, or tweet away.  Also, for Tokyoites, I am only a short flight away and have a guest room with a beach in walking distance.

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    Brendan is an international school teacher.  He currently teaches grade 4 at Busan International Foreign School.

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