Good-bye Korea, Hello World!

I’m leaving Korea next week.

I’ve said it about 10 times this week already.  But despite the mounds of clothes in disarray around my apartment, and my backpack, sleeping bag, and other travel items stacked on my sofa, it still doesn’t feel real when I say I’m leaving.  It’s probably because I backpacked before, so I remember the excitement that comes with going on a trip; the only difference is that this “trip” does not end with me returning to a job in Korea.  This “trip” is the beginning of a new chapter in my life.

I taught my students for the last time last week, and we said our farewells.  It was surprisingly emotional as I high-fived and wished luck to these little brainiacs who I have watched grow and improve so much in a year, or for some, a few years.  As much as kids can be a handful, at the end of the day, they are the most honest, fearless and energetic people in the world!  They keep us young and hopeful.  And as much as I may want to give adult teaching a try in the future, there will always be a place in my heart for kids.

So, I’m packing up my comfortable  life here in Daegu, and setting out for a round-the-world adventure with my boyfriend, Edwin.  We’ve decided that we loved our time in Korea, traveled around this country and parts of Asia, and are ready for a new adventure.   We’re off to see what the world has in store for us.  It’s exciting and nerve-racking to wonder where we’ll be a year from now.

It’s normal to run into skeptics who accuse people like us of “running away from real life,” or ” afraid to settle down.” Luckily, my family and friends have been nothing but supportive and proud of what I have accomplished in my four years abroad.

But to those critics, all I can do is laugh.

I laugh because to get angry and defensive takes energy away from where I want to put it— into a unique and passionate life!  First, I have been able to learn so much about myself and what I love that I know my time here has been nothing less than “real”.  Second, I would only consider myself “afraid” if I forced myself to go home and stay put because it would show that I am scared to be out in the unknown and living in the moment, doing what I love.

I’m not trying to preach that everyone that does stay “home” is fearful of the world because some have truly found happiness there.  And I congratulate you.  But for those who do contemplate taking a risk aboard, I would urge you to not give in to the fear and open yourself up to a huge world that awaits!

Of course, as adults, we must consider our futures and not be careless, but those considerations can be taken from anywhere in the world.   I am simply leaving my options open and grabbing opportunities as they come.

For those of you who would like to follow along, Edwin and I have a vague itinerary for the next six months.

March-mid April – Brazil

Mid-April-end of May – Argentina

end of May- mid June- Bolivia

mid June-mid July – Peru

Mid July – Aug 1 – United States (San Fransisco, Las Vegas)

August – TBA – Canada (Vancouver, Ottawa)

I’m looking forward to meeting writing and new people on the road, and I can’t wait to catch up with family and friends who I miss dearly!

Photo Credit: Melody Campbell

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Good-bye Korea, Hello World!

I’m leaving Korea next week.

I’ve said it about 10 times this week already.  But despite the mounds of clothes in disarray around my apartment, and my backpack, sleeping bag, and other travel items stacked on my sofa, it still doesn’t feel real when I say I’m leaving.  It’s probably because I backpacked before, so I remember the excitement that comes with going on a trip; the only difference is that this “trip” does not end with me returning to a job in Korea.  This “trip” is the beginning of a new chapter in my life.

I taught my students for the last time last week, and we said our farewells.  It was surprisingly emotional as I high-fived and wished luck to these little brainiacs who I have watched grow and improve so much in a year, or for some, a few years.  As much as kids can be a handful, at the end of the day, they are the most honest, fearless and energetic people in the world!  They keep us young and hopeful.  And as much as I may want to give adult teaching a try in the future, there will always be a place in my heart for kids.

So, I’m packing up my comfortable  life here in Daegu, and setting out for a round-the-world adventure with my boyfriend, Edwin.  We’ve decided that we loved our time in Korea, traveled around this country and parts of Asia, and are ready for a new adventure.   We’re off to see what the world has in store for us.  It’s exciting and nerve-racking to wonder where we’ll be a year from now.

It’s normal to run into skeptics who accuse people like us of “running away from real life,” or ” afraid to settle down.” Luckily, my family and friends have been nothing but supportive and proud of what I have accomplished in my four years abroad.

But to those critics, all I can do is laugh.

I laugh because to get angry and defensive takes energy away from where I want to put it— into a unique and passionate life!  First, I have been able to learn so much about myself and what I love that I know my time here has been nothing less than “real”.  Second, I would only consider myself “afraid” if I forced myself to go home and stay put because it would show that I am scared to be out in the unknown and living in the moment, doing what I love.

I’m not trying to preach that everyone that does stay “home” is fearful of the world because some have truly found happiness there.  And I congratulate you.  But for those who do contemplate taking a risk aboard, I would urge you to not give in to the fear and open yourself up to a huge world that awaits!

Of course, as adults, we must consider our futures and not be careless, but those considerations can be taken from anywhere in the world.   I am simply leaving my options open and grabbing opportunities as they come.

For those of you who would like to follow along, Edwin and I have a vague itinerary for the next six months.

March-mid April – Brazil

Mid-April-end of May – Argentina

end of May- mid June- Bolivia

mid June-mid July – Peru

Mid July – Aug 1 – United States (San Fransisco, Las Vegas)

August – TBA – Canada (Vancouver, Ottawa)

I’m looking forward to meeting writing and new people on the road, and I can’t wait to catch up with family and friends who I miss dearly!

Photo Credit: Melody Campbell

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Kristin’s Backpack won 1st Prize for TESL Ontario’s 2011 ESL Week Blog Contest.
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Welcome to Kristin’s Backpack! I jumped on the blogging bandwagon in 2010 to share my Canadian-theatrical-backpacking perspective on my world adventures. With my return to Canada, I will continue to dig into my pockets and reflect on life as it has come to involve Teaching, Travel, and Theatre. Time to unzip the pockets!
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This is what summer is all about- finished a book yesterday and am on to the next today.  I just opened The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, which has been on my shelf for ages.  I have been extremely interested in reading accounts that stem from true stories in a dark history that is often swept to the side.  
At the same time, I have been listening to The Maze Runner series as an audio book and have been extremely captivated by the young characters’ circumstances and their view on the world.  
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