Goodbye Land of the Morning Calm

Trip Start Mar 14, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, March 7, 2011

I'm going to start off by saying that I'm definitely not a writer. The fact that I taught ESL for the last 4.5 years is shocking to me and others I'm sure. So don't be too too judgmental when you read a bunch of grammatical errors and notice my poor sentence structure, trust me I know. 

I've started this travel blog because after almost 5 years, Scott and I will be leaving Korea in a week and diving head first into a world tour! I'm feeling a plethora of emotions at this time but the most prominent is definitely anxiety. It looks like a clothing bomb has gone off in my apt and I'm currently sitting around a bunch of boxes writing...never thought our departure date would be creeping up on us so quickly.

 I can honestly say that I haven't felt this way since August 2006, this was the summer I left home with my best friend Shawna. I had no clue what was in store for me in the land of the morning calm, and as it turns out it was nothing but unbelievable trips, unforgettable weekends and most importantly life long friends.

 When I left for Korea I thought, meh I'll hopefully stick it out for 6 months, MAYBE meet some good people (never thought I would meet my fiance!) and PERHAPS try some Korean food. I'm not embarrassed to say that I new nothing about Korea, I couldn't even find it on the map. I've now been here for almost 5 years, have the most wonderful  friends and find myself craving kimchi at odd hours of the day. A lot of my Korean friends think that I may have been Korean in another life. Leaving Ottawa to teach in Korea was one of the best decisions I've ever made, and I can say with no hesitation I'm leaving with no regrets.
Scott and I had our farewell party last Saturday (hosted by non other than Bob and Jisun) and I was bracing myself for an emotional roller coaster full of tears and hysteria but was pleasantly surprised by all the laughter, good food/drink & drunken debauchery (well sort of surprised by the debauchery). After so many birthdays and major holidays with these wonderful people it's hard to picture my everyday life without them. But I know in my heart I'll see them again, who knows where or when...I guess this is the kind of stuff that makes life interesting. Not knowing what fun adventure is awaiting for you right around the corner.

The unknown is a feeling like no other. I'm anxious for all the change but lately I've been reminding  myself of how trans formative change is (let's hope for the better!). For a while now I've simply felt...bored. My everyday life hasn't been challenging enough for me so it's time for me to pack my things and move on. I've met many people in South Korea that just drone on and on about how much they hate the lifestyle here but continue to live their life here in Korea. It not only sucks the life out of them but the people around them. At the end of the day we all have a choice, and I did not want to become one of those Debbie downers. 

I have so much to look forward too in the upcoming months. An amazing once in a life time trip, meeting new people along the way, finally meeting Scott's family, a new job/career and all in all the excitement of making new memories with Scott (awwww...barf!)

So with that all said I'm basically going to be running around for the next week and gearing up for our first stop...Malaysia! (To see my best friend Shannon and her husband Mike) While I'm not running around like a mad women I'll hopefully be maximizing my time with my Korean family.

So goodbye land of the morning calm (in a week) and hellllo Malaysia truly Asia!








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Lorna on

What a lovely farewell to you life these past 4 years. Looking forward to your travel blog as you experience some of the rest of the world. Safe travels.

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