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So we’ve got around a month and a half left in our apartment now. But it’s not really an apartment. In Korea, we live in what – to us, and to everyone who’s asked for a tour – seems like an apartment, but it’s called an officetel. The difference is slight. Supposedly, and officetel is a smaller sized apartment, used often for businesses, but can be lived in as well if you’re broke. To us, though, it seems like a pretty freaking sweet place.

If you’re asking why we have only a month and a half left here, that’s because that’s when Martina’s contract with her school is finally going to be up, and she’s not re-signing with them. She’s going to stop working as a teacher, and start working on the site full-time. Hooray! Both of us working on the site full-time now! BAM! But, that means that we’ll have to relinquish our place and find one on our own. We’ve been living in this officetel since we first came to Bucheon back in 2008. Our schools picked them out for us before we got here, and when we arrived it was all clean and fully furnished. And…in what feels like just a few more days, we’re going to be moving out. Oh! So many memories! So many videos!

We’ve started looking into finding a new place to live in now. We’re torn between living in Bucheon and Seoul. Living in Seoul would be great because of the location, but we’re worried about the size of the place we’ll be living in. Since most of our videos take place in our apartment, if we get stuck in a shoebox in Hongdae, then doing Music Mondays while standing on top of our toaster might suck. But it’s Seoul! Wouldn’t it be cool to live in the city? Wouldn’t it be easier for us to do cool videos in the city? Bucheon’s still really close to Seoul though: we live a two minute walk away from the intracity bus stop, so we can easily catch a bus to Gangnam, Hongdae, Seoul Station, Jongo, and other places we frequent. So…ah! Decisions, decisions.

Anyhow, if you’ve got any suggestions or input, or know a guy who knows a guy who won’t try to con us the way other real estate agents have so far, let us know! When we find a place we’ll probably do a video about the whole process of finding an apartment in Korea, which we can’t fully comment on now, because we’re still learning the ropes without getting fleeced by realtors.

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  1. But you did a tour video before… Another one now? Well this one shows the upstairs better! I never knew there was room for more than Simon’s shirts!!

    Wow does the site generate a lit of income? How? Personally sad to hear if the days of teaching coming to an end but, of course, only you know what is best for you!!

    And the box of hairbands… All I (thought I) saw when Martina first opened it were, like, straps. O.O;;; scary moment…

  2. Your apartment tour isn’t broken on ITunes!!

  3. Seoul has larger apartments as well but I guess it just depends on your luck, my friend was living in an Officetel, larger than your current apartment, so I guess you could still find something nice depending. Your current apartment also has really good light, I have a friend who used to call her apartment “the cave” because it had no windows 0_0.
    If you are looking for something cheaper and bigger search in the northern part of Seoul and I would avoid areas like Hongdae, Jamsil, Gangnam etc just because they will be overpriced. (www.dmcville.co.kr/eng/ *only opens in explorer) – this would be my dream house in Korea thought it probably looks expensive. Good luck on your search.

  4. I WANT THAT APARTMENT. IT’S CUTE AND WIDDLE. THE CUTENESS OVERLOAD.

  5. Best of luck to you guys. Glad to know that things are going so well that you can both work on this stuff full-time. Ah the joys of enterprising efforts. Hope you guys continue to enjoy the benefits of your ventures. Good luck on finding a new place. Hope you find exactly what you’re looking for. Love & Peace

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