2013 is almost here! I started the year in Paris, and I’m ending it in Seoul. I wanted to share with you some never before seen photos from my travels this year. Featured will be Paris, Barcelona, Lisbon, Madeira, the US, China and Korea. I hope you enjoy! Here’s to 2013, and many more years of travel!
I know it’s been quiet around here the past week. I’ve been crazy busy around school, organizing a Dear Santa letter contest and working on my materials for my winter camp.
Yes, I wore Christmas reindeer antlers to work today. Gotta keep the Christmas spirit alive!
Christmas this year doesn’t feel like it did last year. Last year, I was in Paris and everything was magical and awesome. Christmas markets, vin chaud, the Eiffel tower….sigh. Seeing pictures on Facebook and Instagram of my friends and family back home is making me incredibly homesick, much more than last Christmas. I think it has something to do with the fact that I feel like such an outsider here. In Paris, Johnny and I blended in. The language was familiar. It weirdly felt like home. Also, Korean people don’t seem to celebrate Christmas as much, and from what I’m told, Christmas is more of a couples “date” holiday than a family one. Most of my students said they don’t receive gifts, and they just plan on spending their day in a PC bang.
But, I’m still going to have a wonderful Christmas! Johnny and I are going ice skating, to the movies to see Les Mis, and out to a nice dinner. I’m praying it’s not too cold to go ice skating, because I really want to go. This morning it was so cold my hair froze. Intense!
I want to wish each and every one of you a Merry, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! No matter where you are in the world, I hope your Christmas day is filled with love, laughter, tons of delicious food, family and friends.
Posting will be back to regularly scheduled programming after the New Year!
I was reading an article in the NYT about how hard it is for people in their 30s and 40s to find “true” friendship. And then I happened upon this article on xojane about being “best friendless”. After reading both articles, I just sat and cried. Finally! I wasn’t alone. I totally felt like both articles applied to me, and especially now that I’m a traveling expat.
If you live in Korea, or if you don’t, but follow me on Instagram or read my tweets, you’ll know that it has been snowing all week in Korea. An insane amount of snow. More snow than I have ever seen in my whole life. My students have lost their minds and are barely paying attention in class, running outside after their final exams to throw snowballs at each other, to make snow angels and snowmen.