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안녕히계세요

16 Aug

This is going to be my final post on this blog.

The title means goodbye, but there are two kinds of goodbyes here. One that you say to the person leaving, and one you say when you’re leaving. I, of course, used the latter one up there, and I can’t believe it.

I am flying out of here on Thursday to San Francisco, then onto Toronto. Just two more days. I’ve been slightly busy, applying for my pension return, packing, seeing friends and getting a pedicure via little fish. As the time to go has drawn nearer I’ve found myself being sadder than I thought I would be.

On Sunday I said goodbye to my favourite co-teacher, Sophie, and we both found ourselves crying in the coffee shop, exchanging letters and photos. Today I stopped in at my school to officially say goodbye to one of the VPs. He doesn’t speak English, but one of the other teachers in the office at the time did, and she translated his heartfelt words to me. I found myself choking up trying to respond to him. “What’s going on?” I wondered to myself. For many, many days here I counted down until it was time for me to leave. I just wanted this year to be over with, even though I enjoyed myself almost all of the time. I always felt like I was missing out on something at home, instead of realizing what I was gaining by being here. When my co-teachers asked me if I was happy to be leaving, I’d say it was bittersweet, but didn’t really mean it. Now, I’m happy to say I do.

My experience this past year was one that I will always look back on fondly. Sure, I might gloss over some of the less wonderful memories (crying at school, constant rain/humidity, living in a very high density city, not understanding anything ever), but my overall feeling is a happy one. I was so lucky to meet some amazing people and do something that I didn’t know if I could handle. I can honestly see myself returning here at some point. Maybe not for my honeymoon, as my principal suggested, but certainly one day. It would be so nice to reconnect with my co-teachers and see where this country will be at that time. In only 60ish years (post Korean War), Korea has surpassed other countries in so many ways. Who knows what it will be like in a decade?

So, when I get on the plane on Thursday and say goodbye to this place, I don’t think I’ll be as overjoyed as I thought I would be. And that’s just fine with me.

Thank you for reading this blog and supporting me!

Here’s a last bit of K-pop for you.

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