Summer in Seoul was dreadful. It was hot and sticky and I was sweating nonstop. This made me not want to leave the haven of my apartment where I had the AC on all day. But alas, it was summer vacation and I had one week to try to do something. Emphasis on try because leaving my apartment was torture.
I managed to go Incheon for a day. The train ride is a little over an hour and you bet I found all the air vents in the subway stations while waiting for it to come. I had the misfortune of sitting between three older people who had horrible breath and were constantly talking to each other and I moved to different car to escape from them.
I can’t even begin to talk about how overwhelming it is to move to another country and I haven’t even moved into my apartment yet. My knowledge of the Korean language is only Hello and Thank you. However, I do know how to read Hangul so that’s been a big help even if I can’t understand what I’m reading most of the time.
In order for me to compartmentalize the many emotions I’m feeling I’ve made a list (yes another one!) of things that I want to accomplish in terms of me growing as a person. The one fear I have is completely shutting down and not interacting with anyone at all…followed by only interacting with foreigners, while that is a nice safety net, I want to interact and make friends with the people who actually live here.
Do I have a bucket list for San Diego, California? Yes. Well, sort of. It’s all in my head and things get added when I see something interesting on Pinterest/Yelp/some list on Thrillist or Buzzfeed. But since I never write anything down, I haven’t been able to keep track of what’s on the list.
For my birthday I went to La Jolla with a friend. My actual purpose for going was to get a good full body picture of me for my applications to teach abroad. I know, right? La Jolla just for a full body picture? But they have great murals! And I wanted to show my “fun” side by having my picture be in front of a fun mural. But the way, the full body pictures were…okay. Not my friend’s fault but mine for not being specific enough and also not having a step stool so that the pictures would be taken at a higher angle.
My favorite mural is ‘One Pointed Attention’ by Kelsey Brooks.