They say money can’t buy happiness…
Ouch, this week has been a stinger! I’ve got that sick feeling again and this time I definitely can’t blame it on the waist band of my work slacks, although theoretically I could point the finger at the jabs full of Hepatitis A booster and MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) that got squeezed into the muscles of my shoulders this morning. They’re now feeling a bit numb and achy – I don’t think that can take credit for the sick feeling though – no, I think that’s got more to do with the fact that I whistled goodbye to almost my entire paycheque. £118 for a course of Japanese Encephalitis jabs and £105 for a course of Rabies jabs. Rabies is particularly aggravating as my 5 foot nothing and extremely officious nurse advised me that it’s not actually protection against Rabies – it just means you’ll live a little longer before dying horribly if you get it. I’m curious about how much longer of life my £105 will actually buy me; if it’s only a minute then I think I might spend that extra time wishing I’d bought myself a better camera or a few more boozy nights out instead.
Anyway, in addition to £223 of extra life I also bought myself 7 months insurance at £270, a replacement for my missing degree certificate at £25 (because I need it to get TEFL work abroad) and perhaps most terrifyingly, £385 on a one-way ticket to Bangkok leaving on the 27th April. I think that’s quite possibly the most wrenchingly sickening bit. With every little step and every penny that leaves my bank account it all becomes a bit more real and a bit more final.
Still on the list of things I need is a quad-band phone, I can’t take mine as it has a tendency to unlock itself in my pocket, call people and connect to the internet – the £300 phone bill I got when I returned from Egpyt was enough to put me off taking it anywhere interesting ever again. I want a solid old brick that calls and texts and does not a lot else except work in any conceivable country. I was almost sold on the ekit V4D travel phone which holds two sim cards so you can have your regular number and your new sim from the country that you’re in, but then I read the specs and it works everywhere but South Korea – not much cop. I also need a replacement copy of my university transcript at £45 (ouch) and yellow fever jabs (£54) which my surgery doesn’t do. I’ve checked my Lloyds MasterCard works abroad and got myself a Barclaycard too just to be on the safe side, I think I’ll try and keep various cards dotted around my person so if a bag gets stolen I know I’ve at least got another one elsewhere. After that I think I’m more-or-less done. I’ve officially finished all 140 hours of my TEFL course and am a qualified TEFL teacher specialising in teaching one-to-one, teaching large classes, teaching with limited resources and teaching audio and visual lessons. Rather a mouthful! I’ve also been stalking people’s YouTube videos of their apartments in Thailand and South Korea and South Korea particularly looks pretty cool; most of them are studio apartments with these funky little lofts for a bedroom. I’m getting more excited than nervous now I know I’ve got most things sorted!