A giant cockroach visited Julianne in her apartment this afternoon . . . no, really.

I’ve had several different apartments in Korea over the years and never really had a major problem with bugs.  I’m not saying there haven’t been bugs, but the number and type haven’t been anything like a serious infestation or problem.

I don’t know what the actual percentage is of foreign English teachers who are placed in apartments that have bug problems.  I’d have to say based on how many teachers I’ve heard talk about it as a problem that it’d be something like 25% or so.  The majority of apartments in Korea will from time to time have ants, cockroaches, and other critters appear to one degree or another–but in terms of them being a chronic presence and problem relative to apartment life in Korea I’d say 25% sounds accurate in my experience of hearing stories from teachers.

One of my friend’s had an apartment infested with bed bugs of some kind.  In fact, the ENTIRE apartment building was infested, and it had to be bug bombed several times to get rid of the problem.  In my mind, an infestation where you get bitten all the time, and cannot sleep because you’re being bitten all the time–now THAT is a BUG PROBLEM!

Other teachers talk about cockroach and ant problems in the foreign teacher apartment ghettos in Seoul and other places around Korea.  The stories I hear from foreign teacher ghettos sound pretty bad too.

Today’s solo cockroach visit–not a problem! (For me, anyway, lol.)

This is the first giant cockroach that Julianne and I have found in her apartment.  I’m not bothered by them at all but Julianne is allergic to them.  There’s a chemical or something that they have that bothers Julianne.  I don’t fully understand how that works, but I just go with it, lol.

Anyways, the visitation caused a wee bit of excitement for Julianne, and a wee bit of amusement for her boyfriend, lol.

While proof-reading this post Julianne said in a semi-NOT-amused voice, “I’m glad I can entertain you.”

And then a request to let readers know that she’s not normally squeamish.  You know, the whole jumping on a chair when a mouse comes in a room . . . she doesn’t usually act like that.

Oh, her last comment was, “You’re mean!”

MOOWHAHHAHAHAH!

I’m the devil . . . and she loves me.

J

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