As you may have read earlier this week, we’re leaving Korea. This may come as somewhat of a shock for some of you- I don’t blame you, it was rather sudden. Honestly the whole ‘New Zealand’ thing was planned out entirely within the space of 35 days, and we’re still in shock that it’s actually happening as well. I thought I’d take a little time to explain why we’re leaving Korea.
In January and February Derik and I took a two month trip back to the US and around Asia. After returning to Korea, things just weren’t the same as what they had been the previous two years we’d lived there. Things seemed stale, tired, and altogether too normal than what they should be, especially since we were residing in a country completely different than our own. Where was the spark and excitement of living in a foreign country? Where was the awe and wonder?
We found ourselves thinking more negative thoughts rather than positive ones about Korea. I’m not a pessimistic person, but one can only take so many racist remarks against them, so many oblivious drivers almost causing accidents, and so many less than ideal situations before they realize it’s time to get out. I think Derik and I have definitely served our time here, spending approx. 1.5 years longer here than the average teacher.
Korea has some great things to offer. It has unmatched ESL teaching opportunities with high pay, amazing mountain ridges to hike, and plenty of festivals to visit. It’s also a wonderful base to explore the rest of Asia. I am so thankful for the time we’ve had here, and I would highly recommend visiting/working in Korea to anyone.Bumps in the road/cultural problems are something you’re just going to have to be ok with overcoming, but that’s just living/traveling in a foreign country in general. Never expect things to be the same as your home country!
After visiting temples, sunbathing on white beaches, and discovering the local cuisines all over Asia, they start to blur together over time. We’re ready for something new. Something different. Adventures that Derik and I can experience for the first time together. New Zealand was our first and only choice. We love the fact that it can be our new base of travel, but this time for a new area of the world!
Korea, we’ve had a heck of a time, but we’re moving on. I will always remember the friends, crazy and awkward situations, and amazing experiences we’ve had.
Is this the last we’ll see of Asia? I doubt it. We have a few countries yet to visit, but we’re taking a break for now.
p.s. THANK YOU for all your kind comments from our last post, on Twitter, and Facebook! We truly feel loved and are excited that YOU’RE ecstatic to follow along on our new venture!
Here’s to a new chapter in this crazy journey called life!