Goodbye South Korea


I’ve officially been an ESL teacher in Korea for 2 years as of today. I am also considered unemployed after today. I can still remember my first day in this wonderful county. Everything was so new and exciting, and it continued to be for my entire first year. During my first year I traveled Korea quite a lot, visiting over 20 cities and islands on every corner of the country. Korea is my home. Or rather it was my home. After two year in Korea I feel as though sometimes I even feel Korean in the mannerisms and language I have picked up over the years. Unlike many people that live in bigger cities, such as Seoul and Busan, I really got the “Korean” experience. Even when I was in Australia I found myself seeking out Koreans to talk to and hang out with. A big part of me feels a big disconnect to the western world I used to know. And as I journey back home for the first time in 2 years I find myself dreading my return.

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Traveling and being away from home a long time isn’t the hard part, it’s coming home.

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Wicked slideshow of some highlights of my 2 years in Korea ;-;

This entire week has been emotionally, physically, and mentally stressful. Judging by my panic attack at the hospital and my tear-stained face, I’d say that leaving Korea has affected me harder than expected. Korea was never on my list of countries to visit, let alone live in. I came here, let’s face it, for the money and great benefits as most people do. Within the first 6 months I found myself missing South America so much that I couldn’t help but count down the days until my departure. Everyone was surprised that I decided to stay another year, including myself. There are many reasons I decided to stay, for one it was finally starting to feel like home. I had an established community of foreigners in Mokpo, I had Korean friends, a new school that showed promise, and a lot of vacation time to look forward to! It feels as though I was finally settling in only for it fly by in the blink of an eye. I still can’t believe it’s over and I’ve already landed in my first connection of my flight back home!

One thing I do know is I will be returning home a completely different person.. If I can accomplish so much in just 2 years in a completely foreign country, I can tackle almost anything! So here’s to a new beginning with more adventures ahead. I’ll give you a hint, it may or may not involve Tapas and Sangria. 😉

Living and teaching in Korea was the best life decision I have ever made.

Until next time 대한민국.~

감사합니다 and  사랑해요 ♥♥♥♥♥

4 Comments Add yours

  1. You always get to learn new things while travelling and mingling with people from different cultures. Your two year journey seems to have been a joyful one, seemed quite apparent in your pictures. Anywho, good wishes for your journey back home.

    Shafa Home


    1. Thanks so much, it’s so true! That’s the best part about traveling in my opinion! Forget fancy landmarks, I’d rather have dinner with a local 🙂

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  2. Good for you, and I’m glad you had such a great time in Korea. I did one year, and that was enough for me. Though I do find myself reminiscing about it from time to time. Korea is quite an experience.


    1. Yea one year would have been enough, but I really injured my knee a month before the end of my contract so I decided to stay. If you know anything about the American healthcare system you’ll understand my small sacrifice haha

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