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안녕히 가세요, Korea: Some Things We’ll Miss About You

This week we head back to America, which for all its school shootings and conspicuous consumption, will always be home. We will return to a pretty similar version of the life we left there two years ago, kids a little bit older, location a little more central, but essentially the standard NC middle class teacher existence.

We will always hold this place in our hearts. Korea has been special for us in a ton of ways. Living abroad is challenging, and especially so when transitioning between Western and Eastern cultures. Living here, thriving here, taught us a lot about ourselves, our resiliency, our ability to surmount obstacles together.

And there are a laundry list of things we’ll miss about this place. Here are just a couple:

1.  Cheap, delicious food eaten in the company of good friends (WITH CHOPSTICKS):


Of Suwon No More

I am no longer a resident is Suwon. It’s a sad day, I suppose, but one myself and Herself talked about for a while. It may be a new idea to you but it’s one thing we’ve known about for some time.

Over the past week boxes were filled, as we’re plenty of those 100 litre rubbish bags. The bags went to the dumpster down below, the boxes to the post office. Thankfully there’s surface post from Korea to Ireland.


So Long, Farewell: It hurts when friends leave Korea.

 

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I won’t lie, last week in Korea was rough. I should have been elated for the upcoming weekend forecast of warm weather and birthday celebrations for yours truly, but my heart was a little crushed. A handful of fellow teachers departed or began preparations for the journey home. Each time someone leaves I realize how much they’ve influenced my time abroad. I mean, come on, they basically made it.

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Dear Korea #081 - Goodbye is always the hardest part.

Dear Korea #081

While most mature people may bid farewell in a more caring manner, my friends and I apparently like to be more juvenile about it. Speaking personally, one of the most difficult aspects of living abroad is relationships. You come into a country after having said goodbye to everyone you know back home, you make new friends, stick around for a year (or more), and then find yourself saying goodbye to the very people you started this amazing journey with. It’s quite bittersweet really.

Not to be one to complain, but the past few weeks have been rather rough. I’m sure it’s been this way for a lot of people. Though I’ve grown used to being the person who’s leaving to go somewhere, I don’t think I’ve quite gotten used to being the one to stay behind. When I first came to Korea over two years ago, I was immediately introduced to a great group of people. Thanks to them, I’ve had many laughs, made some amazing memories, and even managed to make this very comic after having grown inspired by them. The majority of these people are gone now, and I’m left feeling just as vulnerable as I did when I first got here. The difference now is that I don’t seem to have the same willingness to make new friends with new people that I did back then. Seriously, how do people do this every year?

To Stephanie, Kat, and to so many other amazing people out there…you suck for leaving. Despite that, you will be missed, and one can only hope that our paths will cross again in this mysterious world that originally brought us together. Until then, stay awesome, and don’t ever stop moving forward ♥


Thank you, Mamas & Papas – A Letter From Mama Monica

Mama Monica, here.

MMPKorea has been a great part of my experience and memory in Korea, but I have moved away and can no longer be a regular help with the Makgeolli Mamas & Papas community.  With that said, Mama Julia is still loving makgeolli in Seoul and workin’ her little booty off to share the joy.

I would like to say thank you to you.  Thank you for really great memories, delicious makgeolli moments, phenomenal pajeon and new friendships, It has been really exciting to see MMPKorea grow and reach new potentials.  It has also been really special to be a part of makgeolli, watching the world fall in love with it.


I arrived in Busan late at night on Thursday, June 24, 2010. I...



















I arrived in Busan late at night on Thursday, June 24, 2010. I started work the next morning, and I can happily say that I finished my job a year later. I will be on my way back home on Wednesday, June 29, 2011.


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