These photos were taken about a month ago a few days after our arrival in Seoul. So far, my experience has been more interesting than exciting. I’m actually not sure how to accurately describe what I’m feeling towards it. I feel at home but at the same time I could not feel more awkward at the idea of living here. It’s true that I was born here and spent a good amount of childhood here before leaving for America but everything is so different… yet the same.
All in all, I am loving the convenience of city life, one that’s quite different from the life I had in New York; I’m referring to the food deliveries that take less than ten minutes, access to all the tasty food that’s extremely affordable, all the shopping opportunities, and the fact that there’s pretty much everything I need right out the door. I also like that the cold water is actually cold, and the hot water is hot the way it’s supposed to be, and the crisp cold breeze that welcomes me every morning. In midst of the hustle and bustle of city life, you can always find a place to take a breath of fresh air at a nearby park or a mountain in my case, all for free. We went hiking yesterday to a neighborhood mountain which turned out to be a famous landmark. I’m continuously amazed at the abundance of things you can do in this city that are available for free.
Most important however, is that I don’t look like a foreigner anymore, something I struggled with for a very long time when I lived in the States. Often, people are surprised that my English pronunciation is quite good considering that it’s my second language. What they don’t know is how hard I tried to hide my identity, a struggle one would have a hard time fully comprehending unless experienced firsthand. I know I should have been more proud of my background but unfortunately, my self-confidence was overpowered by fear of isolation and neglect at the time. For more on this topic, read here.
Yeah, so the verdict is… that I like it here, because
I am home.