Living overseas is a constant adventure. Everyday tasks and situations take on a hue of novelty as languages and customs change; for those who enjoy a challenge, it’s an amazing experience. But not all situations are pleasant, and just as travel intensifies good experiences, so it intensifies the negative ones as well. A week and a half ago, on a rocky, windswept coast near my home in Pohang, I had one of those negative experiences: I broke my knee.
The day started off wonderfully. I rode my new motorcycle out to Mundeok to join up with my friends. The weather was sunny and clear, and spirits were high. Our plan for the day was to stock up with enough barbecue supplies to be tried for genocide at a barnyard tribunal, then head to a local beach. Guryongpo Beach (구룡포 해수욕장) is a popular weekend getaway for couples and families based in Pohang, but we managed to avoid the crowds by going to a POSCO (the local steel company) retreat.