“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” (J.R.R. Tolkien, LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring)
We made it.
Our travel day went smoothly. Although we looked like a circus with 7 checked bags and two cats as carry-ons, we had no issues (bar the *minor* hiccup of a delayed flight which resulted in us jogging to our gate – no biggie). I have to say though, adjusting to the 16 hour time difference is no easy task. Our circadian rhythms can’t catch a break. I can’t imagine how people do this with kids!
Prior to writing this post, I decided to give myself some days to process this transition because I knew I would be overwhelmed. New sights, smells, scenery, weather, people, country, continent. New ways of thinking. A new language to (attempt to) learn. New customs, cultural methods, and mindsets. A new lifestyle.
…..not to also mention (oh how could I forget), the inprocessing onto a new base.
I have to say though, we really like it here. The community has been nothing short of supportive, helpful, and encouraging. We have all the American comforts needed on base as well as the world at our fingertips outside the gate. Everyday I am learning something new, and everyday I am feeling more comfortable with my surroundings. I haven’t even felt homesick yet which is so unlike me.
Aside the massive amount of “foreign country adulting” we’ve had to do, we decided to take a day trip on Sunday to the country’s capital, Seoul. This trip not only helped us gather our bearings for the Korean metro/transportation, but also helped us get out of our comfort zones and explore. We discovered it only cost $2.50 one way to get from Songtan (our city) to downtown Seoul. We roamed and wandered, picking destinations on a whim and going with our gut instincts. We went up the Seoul Tower on Namsan mountain and enjoyed the hazy views of the city. We treked to Gyeongbokgung Palace and learned how royalty lived some hundreds of years ago. I admired art and architecture of a period I’ve never seen before. The art history nerd in me was quite happy.
…….I don’t miss Phoenix one bit.
Kisses & Kimchi,