Korea. This country is all up in my business. I talk about Korea to anyone I meet: Isn’t it crazy here? The Koreans are horrible drivers. Have you noticed they don’t have street names? Whats with the food? No I don’t like kimchi, actually. Then there are the phone calls home: What’s the time there? You’re a full day ahead? What do you DO all day? No, I don’t eat a bunch of kimchi.
And, to be completely honest, I am the worst culprit: We should go to (insert destination here)! Look at these crazy Korean shows! How do you say that in Korean? The list goes on.
Now, I don’t want to come across as snobby or ungrateful, I am totally excited to be living in a foreign country and get to experience all these new things, but I think this is all just part of the process. I feel so far from normal here and I’m starting to wonder if there will ever come a time where Korea, and this apartment, actually feels like home. I feel boxed in, like I am just waiting to get back to real life so I can get back to it. Whatever “it” is.
I relate to being on vacation. Vacation is great, everyone loves it, but after 3 weeks on a tropical island you’re ready to get back to your life and get back in your groove. So how do I get back in my groove while living in a foreign country?
What’s worse is I am mourning the loss of silly things like Target, a normal grocery store, a craft store, Babies R Us. I feel like I might as well be living on a deserted island because most things I want or need I have to buy online. Not that Korea doesn’t have things like home goods stores or groceries but it just puts me so far out of my comfort zone. Not only does a trip to the Korean version of Target require driving a good 20 minutes away, but it means driving in Korea (a scary task), and staring blankly at a box with only Hangul on it so you have to just hope that box is ice cream and not frozen anchovies.
The upside to Korea is there in very little fast food, the people are so nice, EVERYONE loves babies, and the shopping for things like purses and clothes is awesome. I guess I just need to venture out a little bit more and make it work! If anything, this PCS has taught me that when it comes to Army life you really do have to be adaptable (and fearless).