Two years teaching of teaching 6-year-olds in Seoul flew by in a flash.
It feels like it was just yesterday that I first touched down in Seoul via San Francisco, overeager to begin a new adventure and totally, blissfully unaware of what I was getting myself into (and of how much soju I would soon consume). I could have never anticipated the breadth of incredible experiences I would have the pleasure of enjoying. Over the course of two years, I developed life-changing relationships, discovered new passions and had the privilege of traveling both within and beyond the borders of the strange, magnificent Korean Peninsula I called home.
The end of September marked the completion of my teaching contract. What was next? This is a question that inevitably plagues any expat when faced with the end of a commitment living abroad. Do I want to move back “home?” Do I want to go back to school? Do I want to travel? The options are seemingly endless.
The answer to this question must have changed a dozen times a week for months on end (And if I’m being totally honest, what to do next has changed thousands of times since moving to the ROK.) I am an inherently excited person and I am passionate about a slew of different things. I feel incredibly lucky to have so many things that I want to do and have the will, the means and the ability to do them. Where did this leave me? I knew I loved teaching. I also knew that I possessed a degree in graphic design and not a teaching license. Absent was a gut-wrenching pull to go back to the good ole’
US of A. I had hunch that perhaps there were more adventures waiting for me in Korea.
What to do?
The first decision I made was to return to Korea for the 2014 – 2015 school year (yes!). The next thing I decided was that I would travel prior to returning to Korea.
I have had the pleasure of spending the last few months cruising through Nepal, Taiwan, Hong Kong and, finally, the United States of America. I will now commence the rolling out of posts from my travels!
Up first: Nepal.
Thank you for taking time out of your incredibly busy life to take a glimpse into mine!