So far, living in South Korea has been everything. I’m paying off loans, exploring, making measly attempts to learn a second language, eating amazing food, shopping, making friends, and falling in love. Life is SO good. Which is why it should come as no surprise that I plan on staying another year.
I didn’t know what to expect when I decided to move to a new country, on the other side of the world, but I couldn’t have imagined this. How great living in Korea would be. Now to be fair, I am comparing life here, to life back in OKC; post grad, working a 40hr/week $10/hr job, sharing an apartment with Sierra, and my idea of traveling was driving 3 hours to Kansas. Here, I live alone in a studio apartment that I don’t pay rent for, I can easily travel around Korea and to surrounding countries, and I make more money than I did back home( I can shop, eat out, travel, and still pay my bills).
Korea as a whole is pretty amazing but day to day life is still pretty routine. I go to work, eat, sleep, and repeat. So that part of my life hasn’t changed. Actually not a lot has changed. I have more money, I live in Asia, I’m in a relationship, I don’t watch as much TV, and I stopped drinking coffee with creamer. Everything else is pretty much the same with me.
I am job searching, not as actively as I should be, for jobs in Seoul that start sometime at the end of September and onwards. I’d really like to find a job that doesn’t require me to work 8 hours a day because I just feel like it’s uneccesary and I don’t want to spend all day inside. But so far I’m having no luck.
I plan on going back to Oklahoma in September for an undetermined amount of time. I think maybe 3-4 weeks. It all sort of depends on when I start my new job. I miss my friends and family back home and also Mexican food and hot cheetos. Only three more months till I’m back in the US! I’ve reached the point where I’m counting down till the end of my contract. Not because I hate my job or anything, I just want to visit home and start a new job in a new city.
I don’t expect much to change in the next few months. Hopefully I find a job, I’m going to Hong Kong in July, I’ll probably buy a plane ticket home, and maybe I’ll lose some weight because I’m trying to work out more. Anyways, life is good, I’m really happy, and I’m going to stay in Korea for another year.