언영히 겨세요, South Korea

I’m currently sitting in the Incheon Airport, three checked bags packed to the brims, and two carry-ons. Where has the time gone? It feels like a month ago I was sitting in this same airport, one bag shorter, and countless stories and memories short.

Last time I was in this airport, I was headed to Tokyo for a long break. The time before that, I was having lunch with a friend from high school and struggling through using chopsticks in preparation for the months to come. I refused to be that foreigner who always had to ask for a fork everywhere they went, because they didn’t learn how to use chopsticks. Had I been here for less than a semester, the story probably would have been different.

Now that I think of it, had 2015 started differently, this whole story would have definitely been different.

I am sad to leave Korea, but there’s been such a long and big buildup to move out day and the day we all finally flew out of Korea, that I’m ready.

Yonsei—Everything about you was a learning experience. And almost everything about you, was delightful.

Seoul—You came to be home and you taught me so many things. One of which being that I am not a big city girl, but this city really has a charm to it.

On one hand: I’m really excited for all my upcoming adventures, before I go back to my home university in the spring.

On the other hand: I was finally getting use to life in Seoul. Every time I traveled out for a trip, when I returned to Seoul I felt a sense of relief to be back home. A semester is just enough time to get to know the in’s and out’s out of a place, and then BOOM! time to leave.

On the other, other hand: I miss certain things about life at my home university, like my friends and having my extended family relatively close-by.

On the other, other, other hand: When I get back to my home university, I know I’m going to miss everything about life in Seoul.

Korea, I’ve come to love you. There is so much more to you that I will be back. But till then: it’s time for my next adventure.

 

 

So for now, I’m going to focus on right now, be thankful for my time in Seoul and everything it has taught me, and think of some of the little things I’m going to miss so very much:

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Thank you for everything, 한국.


 

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