After six weeks here, homesickness has set in… last night I was feeling a little sad and lonely. Nothing bad has happened and my day-to-day life is fine and dandy but being in a strange land is just a little more stressful than I prefer my life to be.
On top of that I have been thinking about my “future” and all that crap… *sigh*. I feel like I am stuck in the middle between someone who is adventurous and wants to explore the world and someone who is very attached to her family, friends, and roots. Humans are complicated creatures, aren’t we?
Also I think maybe I am not doing a great job at school. Five of my elementary students have quit (I only have 20 so that’s 1/4!) and one kindergarten student’s mom called to complain because I wrote “PAY ATTENTION” in one of his textbooks. Because when we do listening exercises he never listens and it is so frustrating! I know it’s a different culture and they do things differently and I just have to accept that. But it’s a lot harder than I anticipated.
So… these are a few of the things I have been missing about home:
Road trips and wing night at Hannah’s with Zach & Kelly
Chillin’ in the hot tub and playing board games with Ruth & Michael
Cooking new recipes every week
Salsa bars at Mexican restaurants
Hiking and traveling with my mom
My cat Janie
Going to the movies and out to eat with Breanna
Random adventures with Tessa
Green River BBQ
Not being the fattest person in the entire country
Not having to (attempt to learn how to) use chopsticks
A soft bed
There are a few advantages to living in Korea of course:
Having a job and money
Not living with my mom
Having the internet at home
Being able to lose weight a lot more easily
Milkshakes in a carton
The best fried chicken in the world 🙂
Yeah, that’s right, I listed losing weight and fried chicken together!
Highlight of my week so far: cooking class at school on Tuesday. We made “tortilla rolls”… which consisted of tortillas filled with strawberry jam, hot dogs, lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, and mustard sauce. Don’t ask me where they got the recipe but it tasted better than it sounds!
Since I’m already homesick, I’m a little bummed to be missing 4th of July festivities this weekend… especially since we were in Ireland for the holiday last year. I would really love to go to a cookout! But hopefully we’ll eat some American food on Sunday and have some adventures this weekend. 🙂