My first two and a half years in Korea were spent living and working in a distant region of Busan called Deokcheon-dong. If I were to compare it to something I would compare it to living in district 12 of the hunger games. No one really wanted to travel out that far to visit, so I was always the one to have to travel great distances to see my friends. It's one of the poor neighborhoods in Korea. Usually when I would tell a Korean where I lived they would look at my as if to say, "oh gosh i'm sorry you got stuck there"
In Deokcheon, the people there are the best! We have a relationship unlike any other place in Busan. We all hung out together, drank together, partied together, laughed together, and became a family. This you might feel is a lie, but trust me, if you didn't live in Deokcheon, you missed out on an amazing experience while living in Korea.
In the two and a half years I lived in Deokcheon, I saw people come and people go. I saw life long friendship in the making. I saw people who under normal circumstances would never have become friends form solid friendship! I saw that people from all walks of life can put aside their differences, in religion and politics, and learn to have a conversation that doesn't require that there is a winner or loser in the end. I saw God work in ways that are unexplainable. But, I also saw pain, hardship, tears, miscommunication, love that didn't last, and people fall from the grace of God.
The Mighty Deoks are forever in my heart as one of the best things that ever happened to me in my life. We all met on Wednesday nights at Tom's bar! It's kind of our home away from home. On any night you could go to Tom's bar and find one if not several Mighty Deoks there having a good time! It was always a sad event when a fellow Deok decided that his/her time in Korea was over and they decided to go home. Many tears were shed at nore-bangs (karaoke) on the night before someone would leave.
Deokcheon wasn't only about the foreigners that all got placed there for their English teaching job. But, it's about the everyday people of Deokcheon. The people you meet at the places you go on a daily basis! I have been blessed to get to know some pretty awesome people during my time in Deokcheon!