The QiRanger Adventures

End of the Month…

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Here’s to a great cup of coffee! Cheers! I’m here at a local Starbucks, mainly because I think they do deep, rich blends very well, and because they have free wi-fi.

You see, a few days ago, I received an email from Starbucks informing me of a new seasonal blend: Brazil Ipanema Bourbon. I love trying new coffees and found its description really enticing:

As you take a sip, a smile and the song both come to mind.

And why not? This coffee, with its mellow, pleasant notes of cocoa and almonds, is as light and lovely as a classic bossa nova tune.

Of course, there is one important difference: the mysterious girl from Ipanema was remote and unobtainable. But the coffee – ah, that you can find here, for a short time, as it is our newest seasonal offering. These seasonal offerings are coffees we present to you at the peak of their flavor. Brazil Ipanema Bourbon has a distinctive soft and nutty taste, with a complexity we don’t typically find in other coffees from this country.

As you may know, Brazil produces more coffee than any other nation. But of all that it sells, this one is unique. Ipanema Bourbon is a true varietal coffee, harvested from a stock of arabica Bourbon trees with a colorful history. These trees trace their lineage back to a seedling that was smuggled into Brazil in the 18th century.

And friends, let me tell you… they are right. It’s a light and lively blend that explodes right on your tongue. Since it’s a special blend, I knew it wouldn’t be part of their brewing cycle, so I was forced to purchase a full french press of this beautiful coffee.

Yeah… Like I have to be forced to drink a full pot of good coffee. The only thing that would make it better would be a nice little chocolate biscuit… oh wait… here it is… *CRUNCH*

What else is happing in the amazing life of the QiRanger? Well, nothing in terms of job searching… which lead me to the decision to entertain the notion of teaching overseas again. It was something I was trying to avoid, since I genuinely love being here with Jo and interacting with my friends. But as the balance on my savings quickly approaches $0, I’m left with few options. Since posting my resume for ESL jobs Sunday, I’ve had a half dozen inquiries and several interviews. In fact, I have another interview this afternoon.

I had wanted to try to visit Japan or Taiwan during this TEFL teaching excursion, but it doesn’t look possible. So, unless I find something in the US, I’ll be headed back to the Land of the Morning Calm mid-year. Knowing what I do now about Hagwons and schools, I am being far more cautious and careful when selecting where I’m looking. While part of me is tempted to return to the Seoul-metro area to catch up with friends still in-country, I am also looking forward to exploring new areas. In fact, a job in Busan would allow me to travel to Japan very easily.

The nice thing about some of these newer jobs, is that some offer 3-4 weeks vacation and a settlement allowance. That is helpful, since outfitting your apartment can be quite expensive. But please keep those prayers coming for hopes of a new job.

In other news, Jo and I will be traveling to the Washington, DC area over Memorial Day. She has a wedding to attend (and participate in), so we’re going to hook up with my brother and stay a week. It’s perfect timing, since I may have to leave shortely thereafter to start teaching. While there, I’m hoping to see some friends and take in some amazing monuments. If you live in the DC area, please send me a message and we’ll try to connect while there.

Well, I think it’s time to start reading the news… have a great day!

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Written by Steve Miller

March 26, 2009 at 11:22 am

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  1. For a second there, I thought you purchased another French Press, which is not improbable. ;P
    Looking forward to all the time we have together. ❤

    Jo

    March 26, 2009 at 11:46 am

  2. Funny you should mention that… I was looking at something… but I put off the urge.

    Steve

    March 26, 2009 at 11:50 am


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