Getting up earlier than I have this entire summer -- 4:30 AM!! -- in order to take the airport shuttle from Seoul to Inchon, and then fly to Japan -- transfer --- and Chicago --- transfer -- and FINALLY NEW JERSEY!
Leaving Korea =( it was definitely the most memorable trip of my life, but at the same time I'm looking forward to going back~
Things I'll Miss from Seoul - being with halmunee, aunts, cousins, uncles who are all so completely comfortable with each other and spend long periods of time sitting on a hardwood floor joking and eating fruit - chunsa classroom at Sogang; hearing Japanese-accented Korean, discussing things like "explaining directions" and "eating boshintang" for hours - eating ddukbokki/ramen/kimbahp/chigae for like $3 at 4 AM - crass Korean jokes that are nonetheless hilarious - sparkling clean floors - Korean barbecue + soju, a perfect combination - NOREHBANG! - having everything be little and cute, from stationary to kitchen appliances - going to a restaurant and finishing everything in my plate without feeling pregnant - hongdae club night - working up a sweat in jjeemjeelbang, Korean sauna
Things I Miss in America - understanding everything that is said around me (at least if it's in English) - actually seeing people who do NOT have pale skin, dark hair, and Asian features - hearing ebonics - home family =) - friends =] - clothes in non-pastel or fluorescent colors that don't fall apart after 1 washing - DRYING MACHINES - pancakes. fatty breakfast foods like bacon and eggs, especially from Cracker Barrel - driving - shopping without having the salespeople tail me.. actually, American shopping malls - COMFORTABLE SHOES - fake Chinese food- eg, lo mein, general tso's chicken - inches, yards, pounds, miles.. not having to convert units in my head