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A new adventure to me meant a new look for my blog. Like it? I’ve been spending the last couple of weeks trying to fine tune this thing to look more professional, clean and be easier to navigate. But as most things, it’s still a work in progress. It’s been nearly three months since I returned to South Korea and my previous home, Jinju. After some serious soul-searching and making some pretty difficult decisions I found myself turning back to the country that taught me so much in 2010. It felt great to be back. I dove right back into the culture, food and foreigner way of life. It was as if I hadn’t been away for a whole year. I started creating stronger bonds with old friends as well as making many new. It all just reminded me just how easy life is here in Korea. Right now I work a 3 hour day, from 6:30 to 9:00pm. I have so much free time to do, well, anything I like. I’m still saving money and I’ve already made new traveling plans.

Even though my mind was swimming with some difficult issues I had to deal with, I immediately felt at ease and at home. I’d missed Korean food so damn much. I still can’t get enough of the stuff. I got to experience every thing for the first time, again. Eat my favourite meals again, go to all those magical places I remembered. Only this time I was creating new memories at these places. Memories just for me.

I’ve booked a trip to Thailand and Indonesia with some friends. I’m crazy excited. One thing I’ve realised in the past 3 months is just how much I love to travel. I could never live without it. It’s the most incredible experience, wether it be in your own country or not, that everyone must tick off. Yup, the travel bug has bitten hard. I can’t begin to describe how many amazing places there are in this world and to me it’s an atrocity to not even try to explore as much of it as possible. So, Thailand and Indonesia are next on the list! I’m hoping to cuddle up to some tigers at some point. Tigers being my favourite animal. Then when I get back I have a few weeks off before we start our summer camp here at the university. Four grueling weeks working at least 8 hours a day, six days a week. Our students will be children not university students, so that just adds to the amount of tired I’ll be feeling every evening.

I will hopefully be writing more often now that I’ve set this up again. Telling stories of my adventures and posting pictures too.

kxx

Farewell to the Land of the Morning Calm

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So it seems my time in this wonderful, friendly, delicious country has very quickly come to an end. I now only have just over a week left to bid my farewells, eat my last kimbab and ride my last city bus. In the next month I’ll have to learn to eat a new kind of spicy food (though Korea put up a good fight I hear it has nothing against India. Great) and be stared at on a whole new level of intense.

I’m really going to miss this place. Coming to Korea has been the best decision I’ve made and has helped me grow in so many ways. I feel like a totally different person from when I first got here, fresh out of university. I feel a little more mature, and though I’m still not sure what I’m going to do one day, I definitely have new passions and adventures  to go on that I didn’t even know existed till now. I’m quite proud of myself and the things I’ve accomplished this year. I’d be lying if I said I thought this year was going to be easy and that it was exactly what I wanted to do. But now that it’s over, I couldn’t be more happy that I came here. I’ve met so many wonderful people, who I hope I’ll be in contact with for a long time to come. I think everyone who’s been to Korea leaves with at least one new best friend. I’m sure going to miss some of these guys and gals here.

The excitement I’m feeling right now, on the other hand, is uncontrollable! I cannot wait for that moment I put my foot down on Indian soil! When that dry, dusty heat hits me right in the face. I get to experience yet another culture of which I have little to no knowledge about in the most raw and perfect way: by spending time there, roughing it, riding around on a motorbike the way they do and by submerging myself in everything that is India! It’s going to be amazing!

But I have a few challenges that await me when I arrive on beautiful African soil again. I have to get through the process of getting four visas in a very limited time. And while each visa can take more than a week to process, and I only have four before I fly out to New Delhi, things might get a little stressful at times.

So, just another little update on what I’ve been doing. Which has been packing mostly. I don’t really know how I’m going to fit a whole year’s worth of…stuff in one bag. Wish me luck!! Anyoungikeseyo!