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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Reflections: Month 9

Saturday will be my 9 month anniversary of living in Korea. 

Oh how the time flies. We actually only have a year left of living in Korea. I know that sounds like a long time, but I really think it's going to go by fast. 

As I do with every month- I wanted to give a quick temperature check on how I am feeling about Korea and living the expat life. 

Yesterday, Matt and I got back from our trip to Cambodia. We had a really great time in Cambodia, and I can't wait to share our experiences with y'all. We would have loved another day or two in Siem Reap, but we were also ready to be in our own home. And that's when it hit me. 

Korea is our home. 

When I thought about going home and sleeping in my own bed- I thought of Korea. When we arrived at the Incheon Airport- it felt familiar. When we walked back to our apartment from the bus stop- it was our neighborhood we were walking through. 

I think I have been feeling this way for the last couple of months, but didn't know how to accept it. I have been holding onto Hawaii for so long that it took me a while to realize that Korea is our home right now. 

Next year, our home will change again, but for now, in this 9th month, I am feeling content. 

And that's my temperature check for month 9.

Happy Thursday Y'all! 


  1. I remember when it hit me that Korea was home, too. Crazy feeling, right? Sometimes when I'm not watching myself I still think of it as home since my time in the states has been so focused on just school. You're right about the time flying in the last part of your stay there. I would recommend you learn to cook Korean food now so that you can whip up a meal when you want whenever and where you are next year. I learned to cook from friends and by asking the street vendors and restaurant owners how they did things and now I make Korean food weekly. Have fun in your last months and EAT EVERYTHING. I love food in case you can't tell.

    1. It really is a crazy feeling. I just never thought I would feel that comfortable in Korea, but it's def. happened. We have been trying to make a few Korean dishes, but I know we will have to step up our cooking game before we leave. Thanks for the advice.

  2. Glad you had a good trip to Cambodia - I can't wait to hear about it :)

    1. Seriously- it was amazing! I am so excited to start sharing the trip.

  3. That feeling of home is so great! Happy 9 months.

  4. Happy 9 months in Korea. For us the 8th/9th month brought comfort. Being able to navigate the city,order food, shop etc without having to "pre think" it all ahead of time. Knowing where the fun hikes were, the parks, and where to relax. I am happy to hear that you consider Korea home (for now) we do too!!! :)
    Elicia @lifesajournee.com

    1. Thanks Elicia! It is nice to have those certain go to places you know to go to. I love taking walks in the park near our house. Or hitting up our favorite BBQ place- it just makes it feel like home.


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