Who am I & what am I doing here?
I’m Shauna Browne all the way from Roscrea, Co. Tipperary.
When I was in my final year of university, I won a scholarship to come to Chung Ang University in Seoul for a 3 week International Program. While enjoying every minute of that trip, I realised that there were opportunities for English teachers here so I went home, graduated, did a T.E.F.L., saved money and came back in 2009. I’ve been here ever since.
I lived in Paju, Geumchon about 40kms from the border with North Korea from 2009 until the summer of 2014. Then I moved to Ilsan and I’m still here causing all kinds of chaos!
I’m currently teaching in a Kindergarten in Ilsan. In my spare time, I’m actually the world’s finest Tin Whistle player. I play at sessions and other random events in Seoul and do some ceili dancing when I can find enough victims, sorry, volunteers to dance with. I also serve as Chair with the Irish Association of Korea so I get to speak proper Irish English to all the amazing Irish people I meet here.
I started writing whatawaygook after I realised I was the only one without a blog in South Korea
What is a Waygook?
In Korean, the word for “foreigner” is 외국 (waygook). If a Korean doesn’t know your name, they simply call you “waygook”. It’s a long running joke between my friends and I that any silliness that happens have Koreans saying “what a waygook”, hence the name.
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