Trying something new can be difficult. Occasionally, I try to accomplish new and somewhat challenging things like replicating the meal I saw on the food channel and taught myself how to say ‘thank you’ in Danish. Despite all the little new things I’ve tried, I’ve never taken on anything huge. I decided I should change this while I’m young.
On August 21, I leave the United States and fly to Seoul, South Korea. I chose Korea because of the language, the culture, and the history. It’s these reasons that make me willing to be unsure. So, as I encounter new things and climb barriers created by language and social environment, I’ll bring you all along on each adventure.
The first adventure may not seem funny, or exciting, but it fits under the category of stressful and sometimes difficult. This challenge is ‘preparation.’ Visas, passports, dorm applications & fees, toothpaste, class registration, maps, transportation, suitcases and two weeks worth of socks. That list isn’t even everything.
Packing is one of the hardest parts about preparing to go abroad. The research portion came into play when I was finding out what types of clothing I would need based on climate. Seoul is hot in the summer and cold in the winter, and then there is monsoon season. One of the easy parts was going online and finding out the average temperature of each month to help me determine my list of things to take.
Waiting is harder than doing research though. Counting down the days and marking milestones on my calendar became a regular occurrence. I spent a lot of time reading blog posts and most of them had helpful tips on eating with a budget, going to a Korean bathhouse and learning the language.
The most exciting week by far was the final week at home because I could finally pack! Seven days before departure I finished up some laundry and laid out everything I wanted to take or thought I would need.
With applications, payments, paperwork and packing complete, the real challenges begin. But don’t worry, the adventure is just beginning.