Culture Shock…

9 Sep


Last week I made the huge transition of moving from my home in South Korea, and returning to my former home in the UK. I have been meaning to update on this earlier, but I had no idea how emotionally and physically draining it would be. Korea was my home for 12 months, and I have to admit, I got quite attached to it. I already miss my friends, who became my family. I already miss my students, who I saw everyday, always with a smile on their faces. I already miss the bright neon lights and the wonderful weirdness of a Korean market. I already miss our cute Korean apartment that was freezing in the winter and unbearably hot in the summer. I already miss my amazing boyfriend like crazy, who kept me sane and who is the kindest man I’ve ever met.

I have mixed feelings about change. On some levels I hate it, it’s so unsettling. On other levels I love it, I’m always striving toward it. What if? What if I want to go back in a few days? I mean, the cheese, the marmite, the crisps, the semi-skimmed milk, the roast dinner, it all tasted just as good, if not better, than before. I am already having a great time with my family. But life is just completely different. Everyone speaks English. Everything is much more expensive. Everyone seems ‘bigger’.

I love Korea. Fact. I will miss Korea. But I need to remember why I left. It was time. There are a million other amazing places in the world, and they are just waiting for me to explore them. If I find I can’t live without soju? Without allergy-inducing, unnecessary spice added to every meal? Without rice, rice wine, rice pizza? Well, then I guess I’ll just have to go right back. For now, I’m sorting out my life. I had a full M.O.T this week. Opticians, Doctors, Dentists and haircut. I’m becoming reacquainted with my old friends. My old life. And my old wardrobe! I have miraculously put on a ton of weight in the past year, and don’t fit into many of my old clothes. Tear. But I will get back into them.

This one is a dress I left in England for the year I was away. I was on skype to my boyfriend and he said ‘is that a new dress?!’ Everything feels new again, which is great! This was purchased from a vintage store as a summer dress, but considering it was raining when I took these pictures (hence the conservatory setting) I added a bottom layer, one of those short wrap around cardigans. And considering the weather wasn’t so nice, I added the tights and my warm wooly boots to make my outfit more ‘fall’-friendly. I wore this outfit on my way for a fun day catching up with old friends, and a fun day it turned certainly out to be!

Boots: Tesco, Tights: Primark, Cardigan: River Island, Dress: Pop Boutique.

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3 Responses to “Culture Shock…”

  1. Charlotte September 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    I know how much reverse culture shock sucks. Seriously.
    It’s the strangest thing when somewhere you’ve lived forever just seems wrong now.
    England is my home, but America is where my heart is and living there for a year proved that to me so strongly that I know I have to go back.

    Charlotte x

  2. agent 0017 September 11, 2011 at 1:46 am #

    wow! i can’t believe you lived in korea that is SOCOOL. i love the dress and boots, and i hope your adjustment period goes smoothly.

  3. Marlin September 11, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    Nice dress! welcome home xxx

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