What I’ll miss about Korea:
- My students. I miss them already.
- My friends. I miss them already, too.
- My job. Also known as, THE BEST JOB I’VE EVER HAD.
- The cheap and delicious food
- The excitement and challenges of expat life
- The super fast internet
- My favorite coffee shop: I went there every night when I first moved here and didn’t have internet. Since then, I’ve become a regular there; they know my name, my drink order, and even give me free chocolate muffins sometimes!
- The kindness, generosity, and hospitality of Korean people
- The awesome service in restaurants, hair salons, coffee shops, etc.
- Fast, efficient, and cheap health/dental options: I got my teeth cleaned at the dentist and it only cost me around $60 USD. Whenever I need to get a prescription for something, I am in and out of the doctor’s office in minutes. After I buy my super cheap and affordable medicine, I’m good to go. Why can’t America be like that?
- K-Pop: my new guilty pleasure. Don’t judge.
What I Won’t Miss:
- Doing long-distance with my boyfriend
- The weather: the summers are humid, sticky, and wet. The winters are dry and obnoxiously cold. Spring and fall are nice, but they only last for what feels like a week.
- My apartment: not having an actual shower, not having a garbage disposal, dishwasher, dryer, and oven
- Coffee shops that don’t open until 11am. You’re doing it wrong, Korea! Coffee is supposed to be consumed in the morning with breakfast, not after dinner.
- The language barrier
- Not being able to easily find clothes and shoes in my size
- Feeling like I’m mildly obese every time I stand next to a super skinny Korean woman
Why I’m Excited to Move Home:
- Living with my boyfriend: We’ve been talking about this for a long time. It’s going to be so awesome to go from only seeing each other every 2-4 months to seeing each other every day. I can’t wait!
- Living WAY closer to my family and friends!
- California’s perfect weather! Seriously, I didn’t realize how good I had it in California until I left.
- Being able to use my smart phone again! Going from a smart phone to a dumb phone is rough. #firstworldproblems
- Having an oven again. So many desserts and breads I want to bake!
- Fresh fruit and produce that doesn’t go bad within a few days!
- Having 25/8 access to all the foods I’ve been deprived of during the last year (e.g. pita chips, hummus, avocados, etc.)!
- Real wine! Wine that doesn’t smell like nail polish remover!
- Real coffee! Coffee that’s actually strong and not too sweet!
- Trader Joe’s!
Nine days left!