Ernest Hemingway said, “it is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end”.
I have few weeks left in Korea, before I head back to my country. There is a feeling of happiness as well as sadness.
When I came to Korea, I did not have any expectation. I had never learnt Korean before. I did not know anything about Korean culture. I learnt everything about Korea in Korea.
Like all foreign students, I had my share of ups and downs in Korea.
I had to attend Korean language institute before going to university. Those were the best days of my life in Korea. I was in control of my life. However, good times do not last forever.
The trouble started, when I joined college and had to attend classes which were taught in Korean. I could not understand a thing. I had to study on my own. Now that I think about it, I have no idea how I managed to survive. I consider myself fortunate to have friends who helped me during those difficult times.
I have so many people to thank who helped and supported me throughout my journey. I will miss them.
Thanks to Korea that I got to do so many amazing things:
- learning a new language (Korean).
- riding the T-express, one of the top 5 steepest wooden roller-coasters in the world.
- doing Bungee Jumping for the first time.
- kayaking in the Chuncheon lake.
- getting ears pierced.
- participating in the temple-stay twice.
- working as a Korean-English Interpreter for the 37th World Youth Rally.
- going to 2014 Asan Rock Music Festival where Noel Gallagher performed.
- meeting Aaron Ciechanover, Israeli Nobel Prize winner when he visited Seoul.
- eating Sannakji (live octopus).
- going to Dokdo (controversial island claimed by both Korea and Japan).
- travelling to Japan and Singapore.
- making friends from every continent except Antarctica.
- living in one of the most expensive cities in the world, Seoul.
These past few years in Korea have been the most amazing years of my life. I experienced so much and learnt so much. My horizons have broadened. This is not the end of my adventure. I am going home, but I think my next adventure will begin soon.
I am excited.