I am completely overwhelmed as I prepare to board the plane that will take me away from the ROK. Why did they have to so brutally cut up my alien registration card? Why did that bug me so much? Do I have to leave right now, or can I go back for one final, final goodbye? What is everyone else doing, back there, where I used to live? Why am I leaving?! It all feels a bit wrong.
Everything about Korea is now just a memory. Something that happened ‘when I lived in Korea’. I wasn’t prepared for this. I have been preparing for the last 3 months.
There are so many memories. Memories from a blink away. From two years living in Asia. It all feels so distant. Like that time I went to the Philippines a month ago. The winter camp I did for my students 2 months ago. Snowboarding in Muju for the new year. Trying to organize a turkey for Christmas dinner. Drinking cocktails out of a bag in Daegu. Trying to control out-of-control students. Wishing I was leaving Korea. Loving Korea. Drinking hite and soju. Saying goodbye to friends. To students. To co workers.
Where have the last 2 years gone? Somebody stole it right out from under me. It doesn’t feel fair. It’s a bitter sweet goodbye. More bitter than sweet. It tastes like that first bite of kimchi I ever ate, sour and spicy and horrible. I guess my taste buds will change, get used to it. Adapt. I have to keep on thinking what lies ahead of me- South East Asia. Adventure. Exploration. Uncertainty.
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There was Christmas, which was spent getting up to all sorts of festive shenanigans with friends. Christmas is always followed by New Year’s. This one was celebrated snowboarding on the slopes of Muju … Continue reading
When it comes to this blog, I’ve been lazy and unmotivated for the last 2 months. But after recharging on an amazing holiday that I have just come back from, I feel ready to start blogging again.
Even though I haven’t been blogging, I have been busy doing other things. I helped organise a very festive Christmas (it’s not easy planning Christmas for 20+ people!) I went on an icy snowboarding weekend over New Year. I planned, and went on, holiday to the Philippines and Hong Kong. And I am in full organising mode for leaving Korea at the end of this month. Well, I am planning on being in full organising mode for leaving Korea at the end of this month!
Only one month left! I can’t quite believe that the end is finally here. And although I am very sad about leaving this country, I can’t wait for the adventure that lies ahead.
So far the adventure includes:
3 weeks in Southern Thailand where I will meet my family for 2 weeks on Koh Samui and Koh Pangang. The following week I will head across the peninsular and then back to Bangkok to fly to Vietnam.
I am meeting 2 friends in Hanoi and we’ll have 5 weeks to travel south to Ho Chi Min and west into Cambodia.
After that we’ll cross back into Thailand to see the North and then make the crossing into Laos.
The next step is the uncertain part. I will either fly home from Bangkok or head further south into Malaysia and Indonesia. But so far I am pretty pleased with how the trip is panning out.
There is a lot to look forward to in the coming months and I hope you will follow along with me as I make my journey across South East Asia. But in the coming days you can look forward to stories and pictures from the past 2 months. I hope you enjoy them.
I hope you will join me on my journey!
One of the first things that I noticed about Gyeongju were the huge, grass-covered mounds. And then I was struck by the absence of high-rise buildings. What is this place and how is it blessed with open areas and uninterupted skylines?
Gyeongju, which is also known as ‘the museum without walls’, and for good reason, was the old capital of the Shilla Dynasty and the home of kings and conquerors. It is in this now- small country town in modern day Korea that you can walk into old kings’ tombs, pray at ancient temples and enjoy a bit of open space.
Here are some of the photos that I took there yesterday.
The entrance to Bulguksa Temple
The main courtyard at Bulguksa Temple
Saying their prays
Little Buddha sitting amongst the wishing stones.
Sunny and I under a red canopy of leaves.
Cabbage clad bike
The entrance to Cheonmachong park.
The last of the autum leaves