Homeward bound. My two favorite words right now!
If you are reading this, I am (God willing) headed homeeeeeee!!!! (And possibly on an airplane at the moment squashed between strangers and trying to find a decent movie to watch so send a quick prayer for me.)
It is currently Thursday night for me and I plan to schedule this post for all y’all’s [heh heh I speak Southern] Saturday and write a post tomorrow about how I feel about leaving. Right now the answer is emotional but it is also past my bedtime so I would probably react emotionally to anything. Corn on pizza. Finding Nemo. The Great Gatsby. (This does not bode well for the remaining posts I need to write tonight.)
Anyway, for better or worse I plan to write a bunch of posts tonight about my trip to Korea which took place a few weeks ago. They should last a week or two. Meanwhile, I will be headed home and hopefully getting a head start recovering from jet lag. (Otherwise, expect a post or five centered around me whining about being tired.) I apologize in advance for any grammar and spelling errors. I did not plan this out particularly well (but uploading photos to Facebook took longer than expected.)
Depending how many posts I eek out of my five days in Korea and how motivated I feel tonight, I might upload a few book reviews to buy myself a few more days of recovery. We shall see! (I clearly like to live life on the wild side.)
See you all from the glorious U.S. of A.!
(Sneak peek of my Korea trip…)
“Off we go!”
That is what I wrote in my journal at the beginning of this trip. I watched Mary Poppins Returns (2018) before going and loved the scene where she prepares the bath for the children. For a moment, Mary Poppins sheds her austere attitude and allows her excitement to peek through as she murmurs, “Off we go!” before tumbling backwards into the bathtub.
And that is how I felt headed to Thailand. An unknown adventure awaited! The song accompanying the bathtub plunge is called “Can You Imagine That?” I can honestly say that I would never have imagined what this past semester would bring! I saw some amazing sights, met some wonderful people, and struggled more than I expected.
With such a mixed experience, I wondered how I would feel on this last full day here in Thailand. Excited? Sad to go? Let down? Regretful that I did not do more?
But honestly, I feel exactly like I did back in January. Excited for the next plunge into the tub! Unknown adventure awaits. It is time for the next stage of life and I am embracing it with open arms. In July perhaps I will write a post looking back more objectively on this semester. But for now I can say I feel…anticipatory. It is time for the next adventure.
Are you ready? Off we go!
10 more days and I will be back in the land of the free! I’ve been singing patriotic songs since March. (My neighbors will probably request my expulsion from the apartment complex if they have to listen to one more round of ‘You’re a grand old flag you’re a high-flying flag and forever in peace may you wave…‘)
Lucky for them, I have only 7 more days here! I booked a quaint hostel for my final night and then airplane food here I come. Thailand has been an experience and I am grateful for it in many ways but I will be even more grateful for it once I’m home hugging all my loved ones!
I don’t know where it all came from. Or rather, I suppose I do. My suitcase overflows; I brought most of it and managed to acquire all the rest by virtue of living in Colorado Springs for 10 weeks. But that doesn’t solve my problem:
What to pack? What to leave? How to keep my bag under 50 pounds and my backpack from breaking my back?
My wardrobe – which felt so inadequate at times this summer – now seems enormous. Why did I bring so many tops? So many pairs of jeans? So many books?
I really don’t know how it will all fit.
I had Indian and Mexican this week…and today Rina and I got Korean! I love traveling. It is an excuse to eat good (if totally unrelated to where I am visiting) food.
Headed home today 😦 It has been a fun vacation! I have such awesome friends. I appreciate that we can go years without seeing each other and still be best buds when together again. Also I like that we eat my favorite foods. ❤️