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Dear Korea #095 - Seriously. Stop It

 

Hey readers! In case you don’t follow me on Facebook for one reason or another, I was away on vacation for the past couple of weeks. This is why the updates have been rather…lacking. Now that vacation time is over, it’s time to get back to work. Boo.

During my vacation, a couple of friends of mine that I used to work with back when I was living stateside decided to take a family trip to Seoul. Since I tend to get unreasonably happy and excited whenever someone from home visits, I sent them essay long tips on traveling in Korea and went up to the big city for a few days to spend time with them while showing them around (even though this resulted in us getting lost multiple times).


Dear Korea #094 - How Do You Like Them Apples?

 

Happy Monday! I’m sure the majority of you living in Korea might be busy on vacation right now, but for those of you that aren’t, I hope you dig the new comic!

Maybe it’s because it’s hot out, but I’m learning very quickly just how quickly fruit can go bad when it’s out of the fridge. Even when I keep my produce chilled, nothing seems to last very long. Some people have told me that this is because of how organic things are around here. I guess that would make sense, seeing how most of the stuff I buy happens to be from local farmers. Still, it makes things very sad and stinky when I’m gifted with a box of apples that won’t last much longer than a couple of days.


Birthday Blues

 

I think I should start off by saying that my birthday is actually on Wednesday (not today) this year. Still, I almost forgot that it was even happening until a few nights ago. So much for planning a slumber party. Wait, do people still do that? Is it bad that I still want to do that?

For anyone that knows me, I have an odd habit of creating some sort of self-deprecating picture at around this time every year. I figured I could share it with all you awesome readers, just because. I was accused of using it as an opportunity to do a “lazy” comic…which is not entirely wrong. I do apologize.


Dear Korea #085 - Seeing Yellow

Dear Korea #085

It took long enough, but it appears that spring is finally here! I still can’t believe it was snowing in parts of the country not even a few weeks ago. The weather is such a strange thing.

For those of you that may not be familiar with it, yellow dust is a seasonal meteorological phenomenon which affects much of East Asia sporadically during the springtime months. The dust originates in the deserts of Mongolia, northern China and Kazakhstan where high-speed surface winds and intense dust storms kick up dense clouds of fine, dry soil particles. Thanks Wikipedia!


Dear Korea #081 - Goodbye is always the hardest part.

Dear Korea #081

While most mature people may bid farewell in a more caring manner, my friends and I apparently like to be more juvenile about it. Speaking personally, one of the most difficult aspects of living abroad is relationships. You come into a country after having said goodbye to everyone you know back home, you make new friends, stick around for a year (or more), and then find yourself saying goodbye to the very people you started this amazing journey with. It’s quite bittersweet really.

Not to be one to complain, but the past few weeks have been rather rough. I’m sure it’s been this way for a lot of people. Though I’ve grown used to being the person who’s leaving to go somewhere, I don’t think I’ve quite gotten used to being the one to stay behind. When I first came to Korea over two years ago, I was immediately introduced to a great group of people. Thanks to them, I’ve had many laughs, made some amazing memories, and even managed to make this very comic after having grown inspired by them. The majority of these people are gone now, and I’m left feeling just as vulnerable as I did when I first got here. The difference now is that I don’t seem to have the same willingness to make new friends with new people that I did back then. Seriously, how do people do this every year?

To Stephanie, Kat, and to so many other amazing people out there…you suck for leaving. Despite that, you will be missed, and one can only hope that our paths will cross again in this mysterious world that originally brought us together. Until then, stay awesome, and don’t ever stop moving forward ♥


Dear Korea #065 - Allergies Suck

Dear Korea #065

There I go, complaining about the weather again. What can I say? I’m not much of an outside person.

What’s really interesting is that I never had any sort of allergy problem until I came to Korea. I guess the air in Texas was super different or something.


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