So this weekend was July 4th. I don’t think anybody noticed, but for me, I can’t really express how much I enjoyed this weekend. I got to hang out with friends that I wasn’t sure when I would see again. We went to Seoul, saw a bit of art, caught a couple buses, I got to see Korea, and at the end of the night there was so much water in my shoes that I might as well have jumped in a pool (which is a good thing because I didn’t notice until I got home). 

(Yeah, that is a moped on the sidewalk).

Truth is, every day I’m here, I appreciate this experience more. I get to learn a little more korean and about Korea, get to explore another restaurant, and meet more people. I’ve gotten to learn about the housing market and other perspectives on responsibility. Even things like friendship are defined differently here. Also, there are a couple trips coming up for IRiKA and work, so it’s looking good and I think it’ll get even better.

Yet, it’s because it’s so great that you now start to think of the fact that this ends. & you have to start thinking about what you’re taking home from this experience. How do you fit that into a page?? You don’t. Here is what I can put into words: 

  • I know that I am going to gain fluency in Korean, even after I come back to the US. 
  • I know that I have learned more about business and logic by being here.
  • I know that my next step is to keep learning.
  • I know that these experiences are what I’ve been looking for and what I’ll keep looking for.