When we first moved here, I would always excitedly think, “we live in Korea!” This last month though, I think I have finally adjusted, and my initial shock has worn off. January has been more along the lines of, “we live, and it happens to be in Korea.”
Not that I’m not still excited to be here, but between coldness, sickness, and life, we did not get out much to do our exploring and touristy stuff this month. We just lived. In Korea. Now that we’ve settled into our daily routines, I realize that living in a foreign country is not very different in its day to day experiences from living in the US. I wake up early, commute to work in the dark, teach my Happy Hippos, return home, and do my home things. I cook dinners similar to those I cooked in Texas. I use the same cleaning products. I learned how to use my VPN to stream NPR and HGTV, which were some of the last American favorites I was missing. (Also, I realized I can make my phone a personal hotspot, and thus listen to All Things Considered and TED Talks when I’m driving; this was the highlight of my month, and I am not ashamed to admit it.)
We went skiing a few times. We went on a hike, and I visited a market. Otherwise, my January was not very Korea-ed. No palaces. No bizarre new food. No magical festival. Just January. Living in a foreign country isn’t just about experiencing everything new and different and…foreign. When you live in a foreign country, you still live. I was delighted to spend a Saturday watching Jared install new shelves in our laundry room, trying recipes from my new cookbook, and watching Orange is the New Black. So, my pictures this month are much less about life in Korea, and much more about life.
9. Despite an iPhone, an iPad, and a Macbook, which I could all use to sync calendars, I still rely on paper planners. I love them. I ordered one in December and waited well into January for it to arrive. I kept saying that I needed to get my life together, and it was impossible to do that without a planner. With some searching, I found out that Amazon had accidentally sent my planner to the USS Nimitz. I was devastated. I hope some sailor is using my planner to get his life together. I settled for a PX special.
10. I used to teach Shakespeare. Now I write the alphabet on toilet paper rolls so I can make Chicka Chicka Boom Boom trees, and I love it. Those trees caused way more excitement than Twelfth Night did.
22. Jared is teaching me how to use a flash and a soft box. Buddha was kind enough to pose while I learned how the flash affects the subject from left to right, high, straight on, and below. Also, a triptych is a piece of art divided into 3 sections. This is nine sections, so it’s a … ninetych? a tri-triptych?
29. The sun was clearly visible when I went up the lift to ski down this hill. By the time I reached the bottom they were turning on the lights because a snow storm came in. I stopped for hot chocolate.