It’s been a pretty packed month. Back to Canada and already back here in Korea.
When I arrived, I’d been gone for 674 days so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Would I be overwhelmed? Would everything look different?
In short.. no. There was no “reverse culture shock” or anything like that, but there were a few things. I had forgotten how much bigger people are in Canada (er, thicker..). Coming from Korea where all people look, well, Korean, I was fascinated by how diverse people are. Different hair colours, eye colours, shapes and sizes.
Also.. and excuse me, but, boobs. People dress extremely conservatively in Korea, and you will almost never see cleavage (and Asian’s have a lack of them anyway..). So, I had forgotten what it was like to see that regularly. This is not a complaint. At all.
It was great to see my family. They still look the same. They were also surprised that I looked the same (were they expecting someone different!?). Turns out, just because you live in Asia you don’t start to look Asian. I actually got that comment a lot “Hey, you look the same”. Yeah, I haven’t changed.
THE FOOD. Oh the food. My mothers cooking. My grandmothers cooking. It’s tough to describe how amazing it was.
But, the best part about being home? Pretty easy. This gal:
My niece Soph is 4 and she is incredible (Technically my cousin Maeg’s kid, but she calls me Uncle John so it’s cool). So funny. So Smart. If you watch the following video you’ll see how awesome she really is:
Her baby sister is only a few months old, and she is also awesome. Having Soph around at Christmas time was fun. She helped everyone remember how awesome Christmas really is.
And now I’m back in Korea. I have only a month left on my contract and I’m out of here.