What's the definition of 'living'. I am a long-haul backpacker. I don't live anywhere. I am not about to start romanticising about where ever I lay my hat is my home.
I used to 'live' way back when and since I started travelling I've never said the 'L' word. Even when I was in Switzerland, though I was working there and I was kindda living there, I never said that I was ever 'Living' there.
I had a regular life, though the definition of regular is some what lost on me. Is it: Alarm clock wake up, work colleagues and bosses? Routine? meeting up with friends after work?
I definitely never referred to the periods in Switzerland as 'travelling' since I could not pick up my stuff and walk 10km with it. Summer stuff, winter stuff, ski stuff and work stuff. I could barely walk from the ticket office to the train.
But I stayed in Seoul, 8 weeks. I could at that time, say I was in 'travelling', since I could still walk 10km with all my stuff. Hell I could walk 30km, every day, without getting 1 single blister. But I guess I did actually live there. I frequented the same store for my groceries, I had about 3 eateries I used to go to on a regular basis with guests, who had become friends at the hostel where I was working. I had an alarm clock 'wake-up'.
On the ferry from Vladivostok to Donghae I met a Korean American who recommended me a hostel in the Hyewha district. He was friends with the boss there. And there I met a Kiwi girl who was working in the hostel. I wanted a gig myself. I asked the boss and within a week I was 'employed'.
Never have I had a gig that was so easy. I used to prepare the breakfast. Switch on the coffee machine, get the bread from the reception cupboard and milk from the fridge. After my job as a waiter in 5 Swiss hotels, looking after a few backpackers was very easy. I'd clean too. And that, I'd got off to a fine art too. Korean bathrooms always have the showers in with the toilets AND a drain plug in the floor. My cleaning ritual was to spray the walls, loo and floor with water. Spray with some cleaning product, get a 'bought for me' brush and scrub. Rinse off and I was done. I could do the whole place in 30 minutes. The break fast duty was easy as I am always an early riser. I was there any way. For this I got free accommodation worth 10USD, free rice, snacks from the boss and after 2 weeks, a 200USD bonus. they had never had the place looking so clean.
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