Friday, August 29, 2014

Goodbye Korea....Hello America!

Well my year in Korea is over. I still can't believe that I'm home.

My co-teacher surprised me by throwing me a surprise going away party.

I also had a going away party with my friends. I felt very loved. We went to Johnny's Pub for dinner.

Afterwards, six of us went to a norebang since I LOVE norebangs. We had a blast.

Michael is REALLY good at playing the tambourine!

The next two days I hung out with my closest friend, Katie, and we did all of our favorites: shopping in Eunhaengdong, playing Nertz at a coffee shop, eating Italian at RoboCook, having Oreo bingsu for desert at Carabao, and singing at our favorite little norebang. She spent the night that night, and we went to church the next day and then another one of our favorite restaurants.

Man, I already miss her. Terribly.

Who knows what this song is?

 Love this norebang!

FYI....I am experiencing reverse culture shock. It's not easy. At all.

This article says it the best.

My favorite lines from the article:

It’s like learning a foreign language that no one around you speaks so there is no way to communicate to them how you really feel. This is why once you’ve traveled for the first time all you want to do is leave again. They call it the travel bug, but really it’s the effort to return to a place where you are surrounded by people who speak the same language as you. Not English or Spanish or Mandarin or Portuguese, but that language where others know what it’s like to leave, change, grow, experience, learn, then go home again and feel more lost in your hometown then you did in the most foreign place you visited.

Farewell my friends. I have enjoyed writing this blog and letting you in on my world in Korea. Now that I'm back in America I don't plan on continuing the blog. 

If you are at all considering teaching abroad, I've got two words for you.


Take a leap of faith and just do it. You will NOT regret it. 

It was one amazing experience of a lifetime, and I am so grateful that I did it. 

If you ever have any questions about teaching abroad, email me at - I'll be glad to answer any questions you have!

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