snowy shed on Flickr.
Every day I see this barny shed thingy. I keep thinking that I can get a great photo out of it but I just need to find the best place to stand. Which I think sums up photography: “Looking for the best place to stand.”
I’ve been looking at it every day while I waited to get to the bottom of my horrible internal problems. It was my stomach and not my heart, thankfully. It took eight months to find out what was wrong with my stomach. Well, it took three and a half months and the rest of the time was waiting out a clerical error. Hiatal Hernia. It’s a pretty miserable thing because it means that my only real option is to eat everything that doesn’t taste good and try to sleep standing up.
On the bright side of things, it means that I’m armed with knowledge about how to deal with it and I’m free to start the process into getting back to my life in Asia. Sadly, Japan is now out of my budget and Taiwan doesn’t usually hire from overseas, so it’s looking like South Korea will be my next destination after all. I’ve already started the process, my fingerprints in an inbox at the RCMP headquarters in Ottawa.
Years ago, and my memory of this may be faulty, Interpol caught a Canadian child rapist in Cambodia. Turned out he was an ESL teacher in Korea at the time. Since foreigners are suspect at the best of times there, the government forced a large number of requirements upon applicants. Now, I can agree that it used to be incredibly easy to get a work visa there. You just had to show up and your boss took care of the rest. I used that ease several times myself. But looking over the steps now and realizing that you need to get permission just to simply apply… Well, last I knew of the case, that child rapist would have gotten through anyway.
At least they ditched the “interview at the Korean Embassy” requirement.