I’m sitting at Incheon International Airport, like I have on several occasions before, trying to will myself to understand the magnitude of this particular flight. I’m going home. No, I’m MOVING home, with no plans to come back to Korea anytime soon. My worldly possessions have all either been packed, stored, or thrown away, and Emmett has been locked in his crate and surrendered to the friendly faces of the Delta Airlines flight crew. Still, it just doesn’t feel real.
English Village was my home for 17 months - longer than I have lived in one place since moving from my parents’ house where I grew up. It is hard to come to terms with the fact that I’m back to being a nomad, getting on another plane to set up my life in another new city. This particular move has been almost a decade in the making, and I’m feeling entirely surreal now that the day has finally come.
Korea, it’s been great. A life experience that has shaped me more than I ever thought it would, an adventure that has served to broaden both my mind and my world view. Goodbye to my wonderful friends and coworkers, goodbye to kimbap, bibimbap, and galbi, goodbye to the 2200 bus. Also, goodbye to the ONLY place in the world where I will ever be regularly compared to Brad Pitt. Sigh.
In 10 minutes or so, I’m getting on a plane and ending the big fat Asian adventure that has become so normal, and heading back to the states to re-acclimate myself with what it means to live as an American in America. There is plenty to be excited about, but plenty I will miss.
If this post goes off as intended, it should be published a few hours into my flight, where I’ll (hopefully) be fast asleep rather than wide awake and stressed out thinking about Emmett down in the cargo hold.
If not, then I’ll have to give it another try when I’m in the states, and that just wouldn’t be very poetic, now would it?
In any case, I should be in Chicago in 20 hours or so, and I’ll be sure to let everyone know that I (and Emmett) have gotten from point A to point B safely!
To all of my Korean people - 안녕히 가세요! Now come visit me.
All of my love,