If I am being honest, I needed some time to reflect and get my life together. Also, I MAY have forgotten to post something. I’m not surprised by this – hell, we forgot to pack Michael’s running shoes.
Our last few weeks in Korea were a complete blur. Between out-processing from the base, “lasts” of this and that, prepping for the movers, moving into the TLF, getting the cats’ proper paperwork done, Michael’s “fini” flight, and seeing our friends before parting ways….we barely had a second to sit down. On our last night we went out for dinner at Hangari Galbi (Korean restaurant), the same place where we spent our first dinner and sent out an open invitation to the squadron to join. Not knowing what to expect, I was blown away with how many people joined us. I came to Korea with maybe 2 friends, and left Korea saying goodbye to a group of people I can’t imagine my life without. It meant the world to us. I think I cried, not joking, 6-9 times that night during our actual, legitimate, “Last Night for Kettles.”
On Sept 25 we traveled with 8 suitcases and 2 cats back to America. It was a long travel day – 3 flights total. While there’s a chance we could move abroad again, I can safely say that I have no desire to put our cats on a plane anytime soon.
People always ask us how we felt about living in South Korea. “It’s an adventure,” I always said, and a good character building one at that. Do I miss it? Honestly….no. I don’t. I miss the traveling, the oddball experiences, the amazing food (mostly Kebab boxes and Lana’s Thai food), and my friends. I don’t miss the air quality, the giant time difference from home, the ominous neighbor to the North, the language barrier, apartment living, and other miscellaneous things. I don’t know – ask me this question in a few months. At the moment the thought of going to Chick-Fil-A is still exciting and worth celebrating, so perhaps I still need some time. Funny story – someone actually asked us if we had joined a cult (“What is with the red and the HARRUMPH?!”) – hehe 🙂
Settling back to America was, to no surprise, an easy transition. It’s amazing how much one can accomplish without a language barrier. We are so happy to have Google Maps, Chick-Fil-A, pizza delivery, and an ice maker back in our lives. For the first time in years, we are in the same time zone as our family! Life is good.
We are temporarily living in Florida while Michael trains in the F-35, and then we will pack up our bags and drive cross country to Utah. There we will finally reunite with ALL of our stuff (storage + household goods) and our cats (they are currently spending Fall and Winter with their grandmother in Kansas). I long for the day where I finally feel settled, grounded, and able to call a place home for a while.
In the meantime, I am studying for the GRE (which I will take in 8 days!!) and applying to graduate school. I am enjoying a quieter social life. I’m taking time to read books and stay off the social media grid as much as I can. But, don’t worry, we have many travels in store. The adventures with Seis Haus are never over.
Kisses & Kimchi,
(maybe it’s time to change that signature)