Goodbye 2015, hello 2016


Apparently 2015 was a year of food

2015 has come and gone in the blink of an eye. Cliche, yes, but when the year is over it tends to seem as if it went by fast, especially if you moved over 6,526 miles away from home. Last January I was busy doing interviews and paperwork and just a tense ball of nerves that oozed stress. I got a job and that job fell through right before I was suppose to leave.

But here I am. And I’ve done a lot this year, even knocked a ton of stuff off a to-do list a woman I shared a flight with back in March gave me.

  • Go to the Olympic Park
  • watch a movie in 4-D
  • eat a Korean apple and a pear
  • try a watermelon
  •  Baskin Robins ice cream cake
  • Check out a Dunkin Donuts
  • Eat street food
  • Go to the Tea festival
  • Cat cafe
  • Lotte world
  • jeju island
  • try baking using a rice cooker.

I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished everything I’d hoped. I certainly didn’t get as much reading as I’d hoped done, or writing, or even learned as much Korean as I would have liked to by now. I had some rough days in 2015 but overall I have to remind myself that I accomplished some big things.

I moved to a country where I only knew 2 people and now I know so many more people here. I’ve made some awesome friends and work with a cool group of teachers. I went to Tokyo on probably the most hectic mini vacation I’ve ever taken. I got my first smart phone and only the 2nd cellphone I’ve ever owned. I’ve taught almost a full year at an elementary school. And I’ve tried so many new foods.

2016, which started today is full of possibilities that I’m excited and somewhat scared about. I’ll still be teaching at my quiet country schools but things will be changing. I’ve got a fun (but out of my comfort zone) trip coming up in just a couple of weeks. There’s going to be lot this year, I hope, a year filled with teaching and learning, reading and writing, travel adventures and bees.

So thank you for following me in my travels and misadventures. I hope 2016 is a great year for you. What are you looking forward to in the new year?

Happy New Year!


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