A week ago, I hit my 18 month milestone of living and working in South Korea. This is officially the longest I’ve ever lived abroad and it kind of blows my mind.
I look back on my 17 months in Mexico and have hundreds of memories that seem to span such a wide space of time. When I think back over the last 18 months here, it’s hard to conjure up anything that doesn’t revolve around the mundane, everyday routine.
Life in Mexico was just like the city I lived in – Fast, impulsive, and wild.
Life here is exactly like my rural surroundings – Slow, relaxed, and a little dull.
But that’s okay. This is a small pocket of time in a long life full of adventures. I’m fine with slowing down for now and being a little boring. My financial responsibilities come first and foremost. Once I’ve dealt with them, I can carry on to the next adventure and get back to the old recklessness.
Life has its ups and downs here but I’ll never stop being grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given.
And, like any good look-back post, I’ve gathered together some of the best and worst moments from the last 18 months.
Let’s get the bad ones out of the way first.
THE LOWS …
+ Getting THAT News
I never experienced a “honeymoon period” of life in Korea thanks to the news I received during my first few days.
Even though it was only 24 hours later that I was given the all clear and told that the hospital had royally fucked up, this affected me more than it probably should have.
It left me kind of shell-shocked and in constant fear that maybe the original results had been right all along. Even now I’m still too terrified to get a gynecologist here and go for the regular checkups us ladies need.
But it is something I’m working on trying to get over.