Missing Korea…

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This is a popular drink in S. Korea that I never tried. I am finally trying this today. It has an interesting flavor to say the least, but it is not bad. In Korean it is: “포카리 스웨트”.

I really am missing the food. American food just sits so heavily on my stomach. I have taken to walking at least 5 minutes after each meal. Most of the time I walk 10 minutes so I can feel okay. I can’t eat a whole burger here, and I almost died from having nachos the other day. The cheese was too much for me. I am happy about the changes though. Life is good and these kinds of changes are good for my body. I think food delivery may be the most missed by me. You can get so many different food items delivered 24 hours a day. Well after 10p it’s mostly just Mcdonalds, but that was still better than not having delivery here. We get pizza delivered…..something I don’t really eat. Actually I was craving a bulgogi pizza with pinapple yesterday after seeing and smelling pizza.
Boy did Korea change me. Thank you Korea!! I appreciate it! ^^

Korean Style Meal

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Just because Im not in South Korea doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy Korean food! I’m cooking 부대찌게 (Bu dae jigae) and enjoying a 데미소다 (Demi Soda). I need to add in some noodles anf kimchi! ^_^

Don’t be afraid to try out some of your favorite Korean recipes at home. It’s a way to connect to Korea without being there. Bulgogi is one of my favorite and least favorites to cook. I always seem to get popped by oils, but I still do it.

The end of the first chapter: Goodbye Korea

Well as many of you know…I still have one semester left of college and thus I had to return home. South Korea will truly be missed by me. I am glad I got to say my goodbye my way and just walked around town for a bit. I ended up going to hang out with Abi and Justin from the world of Youtube at “Thursday Party.” It was one of the best nights I have had while being in Korea and I definitely thank them because it made my last night much better. I did not sleep before my flight…how could I? Plus I knew that I would have a 23 hour layover. 

Speaking of layover, I am in Tokyo, Japan right now typing this. I did not realize that I would have to leave the airport and get a hotel. I always hear about people sleeping in the airport and that’s what I was going to do. I was going to rent one of the day bed things they had and shower there, but all of those were full. My flight back to the Texas leaves in about 3 1/2 hours from now and I am very ready to be home. 

Don’t get me wrong I love S. Korea, but when I get home that means I can finally finish my teaching certification, college, and work on getting back to Korea. I am shooting for January and I was already offered a teaching position at a Hagwon, but I told them I still had to graduate from college. Also I want to do my Master’s Degree online as well as take Korean Language classes when I return to Korea. 

There will be many things that I will really miss, especially the many friends that I had made. If you are going to South Korea this Fall and plan on going to the Hongdae or Gangnam Language exchanges…be good to my friends they mean the world to me and I hope you can become good friends with them as well. Being away from them will definitely be one of the hardest parts because I built so many close bonds.

Other things that I will miss:

Vending Machines: There vending machines are so much better than ours! They have vitamin drinks, sports drinks, milk tea, and soda (they are all in one machine!). They even have those coffee and tea dispensing machines! I think we have coffee ones, but I have never seen a tea one in Texas. 

Toilet: I say toilet because I have become so used to throwing my toilet paper in the trash can. Every public place you go there are signs that say to not throw your toilet paper in the toilet because it could clog it. I thought it was so strange to not put it in the toilet at first, but now it has become second nature.

Showers: Okay I think I may have complained about this at first,but I know I will really miss those showers. Having everything connected was not as bad as I thought it would be. Yes sometimes it was annoying because I accidentally got my other clothes wet, but I feel like I showered more quickly because of it. I also like that they all have spray hoses connected. It made washing my hair that much easier. 

Walking: I say this because I drive EVERYWHERE in Texas except when I’m on campus and have to walk to each of my classes. I will definitely miss being able to walk to a subway station to travel to a new city. Now I will go back to sitting in traffic and dealing with maniacal drivers. I do plan on driving someday in Korea, but after my Korean gets to an intermediate/upper level. 

FOOD: You know that I love food and I especially loved all the Korean food! It was so delicious and made me feel so light. I already had some food here in Japan and my stomach is really upset. Looks like I will be fighting my body for a bit in the area of food. I can’t even eat that much food anymore which is a good thing. I’m excited to go out and try the Korean food in my state. I didn’t really try very much, but now I can really do a comparison. 

Goodbye South Korea…See you next year!

So cool!

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I asked this random guy if I could take a picture of him because I liked his style. I really just wanted to show you all that the Fanny pack is back and is being worn across the chest! It must be a new style because I did not see anyone doing this until yesterday. I really saw a lot of fanny packs in all different colors and patterns. I was quite shocked, but I can dig it. Now if you notice his hat and shirt…well that’s another story. A lot of Koreans wear these kind of things and I’m not really a fan of them. US has a people who wear them too, but if you go out at night in S. Korea you will definitely see the majority wearing similar things.

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I was happy a friend pointes these out to me! Some awesome Texas post cards someone left. I can’t tell you where this place is because it is kind of special and only locals really know about it.

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This was a Super Junior poster in Kyochan Chicken restaurant. I did not actually eat the chicken, but I sat with friends while they did.

What do I miss?

Well yesterday I thought I uploaded the short Language Cast clip I had for you guys, but it did not go. I will try to do that later today or tomorrow.  

Now I have been asked this question so many times from my Korean friends. They always ask me if I miss my family or my friends back at home. When I say that I do sometimes they are shocked and then ask me more questions. 

When I first arrived it felt like I was at home. Just far away from my family and too lazy to drive to see them. I didn’t really feel like I was in a different country other than hearing people speak or the signs in Hangul, but I do miss somethings about the states and so here they are:

My family: Of course I would miss them, but not as much as others would. I just really miss my nieces and nephews. There are two that I spend a ton of time with and I have many pictures with them. I have helped my sister raise them so it is only normal that I would miss them the most. Then of course my siblings and parents too, but I can handle not seeing them for a long time as long as I can talk to the every once in a while.

My friends: I have several really close friends that I did everything with. Even though I have made new friends I still really miss them because everyone is different and special in their own ways. I realized how little time I will have with them when I return back home too so it’s making me a little sad, but I know that they will always be there for me and that is a true friend. 

My bed!!: Okay, I did not mind these Korean beds at first, but wow. I really miss my super comfortable bed. I honestly think if I had a foam mattress pad that I would be okay, but right now…I really miss it. 

My apartment: Okay living alone is something I really enjoy in my life. I didn’t mind living in the dorm because it felt like an apartment since I had my own room, but my apartment back home is pretty large. I really have missed having a place that was clean and being able to have room to workout! I think I have missed working out more than anything. I know that I have lost some weight here, but working out and seeing the results from it is always nice. I will definitely start my at home workouts back up when I return.

School Life: Even though I was in school here I really missed being at UT Arlington. I only have about 4 months left to enjoy that school and I being here made me realize how much I will miss it once I graduate. I’m excited to go back home and for classes to begin because that means I’m almost done. Funny I say that because I want to continue my education and do an online Master’s program in TESOL so I will still be working hard after I finish. 

There’s a great many things to do in life and a lot of people who cross your path. You should always go with what your heart tells you and never give up on yourself nor your dreams. I have wasted many years not following my dreams and allowing someone else to dictate my life. Once I let go of their hand I felt so free and part of my dream came true. I made it to Korea and had one of the best times of my life. My heart feels gay and my face glows from joy.

Enjoy your life and reach for the stars! You can do anything you put your mind to! So go out and grab your future! 

Can’t believe it’s over!

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We all received this super cute certificate of completion for our summer term. I wish that I could graduate from Yonsei, but I am satisfied since I at least got to come here. Today is being spent packing and shopping for a little more clothes and some gift stuff. Speaking of which I’m off to a late start with the shopping.

Tip: If you get dark easily in the sun and don’t want to change too many shades…you should look up the Vaseline brand Triple Whitening Lotion. I have heard it works wonders and I might have put a picture in previous posts, but it should be easy enough to find. I will be buying some for when I get back to Texas…that sun really gets me there.