HAPPY NEW YEAR! I can't believe it's 2011. I haven't been stateside since mid 2009. Where does the time go?
I'm convinced that Korea is some strange time vortex where time just melts away. Then BAM!, another year gone by. Well I have to say, 2010 was an exciting and productive. I fell in madly in love, learned some Korean, successfully ordered things online all in Korean, read something like 20 + books, traveled to Thailand twice, Hong Kong and India as well as explored a bit of Korea. Amongst all this madness I found another piece of me.
On a sad note all the changes they are making in Korea in regards to rights for foreigners ( and not for the better), I've decided this will be my last contract. After next fall, I will exit stage left.
So that means, I'm only here for another 10 months ( you might think thats a lot of time, but trust me... in Korea it flies by)and I don't want to be one of those expats who's been here 2+ years and never seen Namsang Tower or Busan, So I promise to see some more Korean sights before next Nov! That aside I've given up on seriously learning anymore Korean.
Even though I surprise myself sometimes with how much I understand.
Japan is the next destination, so it's time for this 外国人 to start learning Japanese and start scouting job opportunities. The home of the raeman shop, sushi, karaoke, geishas, saving face, hara juku, and so much more. I am not excited for learning Kanji. I'll pull a Bill Murray, being perpetually Lost in translation. I'll be trading in my soju for sake and kimchi for wasabi. With a full waist bow I look forward to my next adventure in Japan. Let the countdown begin!
Speaking of adventures I'll be heading stateside in 4 days! I can't believe it's time already! I remember when first bought that outrageously expensive ticket, I thought 3 months away. Now I'm less than a week away. I don't think I've ever missed my family and friends as much as I miss them right now. I'm super pumped to see everyone, eat delicious food, go SHOPPING, listen to the radio, speak English freely, and see how awkward I am acclimating myself back to America. So with a barely empty suitcase with the exception of a clean pair of undies, a toothbrush, a few bottles of Soju and socks, I'm prepping myself to head back to the good ole US of A.Wishing all of you the best in 2011! I better get packing. Don't want to forget my toothbrush.
Until next time...