I wrote this while I was on the airplane to Korea! I will work on posting some more current updates shortly.
Well, I guess I’m off on a new adventure. This past year has been a bit crazy with planning. About a year ago now, I applied to study abroad in Seoul, South Korea. When I put in that application, I don’t think I ever really thought it would happen. From a pretty young age, I wanted to travel the world. I wanted to experience new things and meet new people. When I was 11, I desperately wanted to go to China. Everything about it looked fascinating. As I got a bit older, my interests expanded a bit and I realized I wanted to go everywhere. AHH!! Turbulance on the airplane right now as I am writing this. My heart always skips a few beats when the plane rocks and wabbles. All I can do is pray that someone smarter than me is flying this crazy thing and keep writing. Right now time feels like it is in limbo. I changed my watch at the airport to be Korean time so it reads 2:42 pm February 22. However, my computer reads 9:43 pm February 21.
Also, a side note! I have the TV screen on the airplane chair in front of me looking at the maps right now and I am getting close to Japan!! It looks like we are going to fly right above Hanamaki. I will soon be waving to all the lovely people I care about in Japan right now. It is quite unfortunate that I don’t think I can make it to Japan this trip. I know I will make it there eventually though.
Back to the time change! They cabin lights have been turned out for most of the day and everyone closed their little airplane window shutters. I’m not even sure if it is light outside right now. It must be since the day is still young here! However, my head and shoulders hurt a bit as though it is night time. I get the feeling I am going to have a bit of a tough time with the time change. I’ve been trying to sleep on the plane but it hasn’t been the easiest thing to do. My head keeps going through cycles of fear, nerves, a little homesickness already (I already had rice twice today haha. That will take some getting used to!), and excitement. I have found already that unfamiliar is uncomfortable. Unlike dramas, real life does not have subtitles! It’s very inconvenient. ;p oh! I met a nice Korean guy sitting next to me too. He has been in Vancouver for 7 years. He finished high school there and attended SFU. He is excitedly heading home for the first time in 2 years. I’m sure his family is thrilled to see him soon. He said he is going home for military duty. He was very friendly and comforting to me during take-off, and so I am very thankful he sat next to me. Also, the lady on my left in the aisle seat, had food and a little Korean baby (maybe 2?) walked passed. As he passed, the stopped to stare at her food with big round eyes and stuck his tongue out. It was very adorable. Something I thought Ayden would’ve laughed at pretty heartily.
Well, I’ve already watched Translevannia 2, The Dark Knight Rises, Pan, and played some Zelda maybe it is time to try and sleep a bit more. Apparently we are 2:34 minutes away from arrival. I’m feeling many different things right now. Part of me wishes someone had come with me on my first grand international adventure, but I don’t want to look backwards. I want to look forward at the roller coaster I bet I will have these next 4 months. Thank you all that loved and supported me in getting this far. For the many people that believed in me when I wasn’t so sure. And to my lovely friends that are meeting my airplane when I land. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. <3 Adventure is out there!!