Lets skip back a couple of months. (I’ve wanted to blog about this for so long, but I really didn’t want to jinx it) In June I accepted a teaching job to teach English. (South of South Korea – Near Daegu) Upon accepting the offer I sent them my signed contract before quickly gathering my documentation together ready to send off to get the visa application started!
After my application was processed in Korea I then received my visa number. So I then sent another set of documentation off to the South Korean Embassy in London. All I could do then was wait.
As of last Tuesday my one weeks notice at work was officially up. Saying my goodbyes to people on my last shift was quite a surreal experience for me. I didn’t realise just how much I would miss the conversations that I had with the people that I had met there. As I walked out of the locker room, down the stairs and approached the staff door, I remember thinking, this is it, my one week notice is officially up. The thought of leaving made me feel rather sad. For months I’ve been thinking of the day that I would hand my notice in, but when it came down to it, I realised how much my job had taught me in these past 10 months.
Nevertheless I could start to countdown the days until I move to South Korea. For as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted to go travelling and moving to South Korea is something I’ve been seriously thinking about since January of this year. It took me a while to work up the courage to send my application in to a recruiter.
After getting my hopes up of flying on the 23rd August, I’ve now had to rearrange my flight. I’ve had unavoidable delays with my visa and it’s just not arrived yet! It’s really frustrating as I’ve booked and paid for my flight which is supposed to fly from Heathrow tomorrow afternoon! My ticket is non-refundable so the reality is that I’m going to have to buy a new ticket. I did contact the site that I bought it off, but I’ve not had a reply from them. So I’m guessing I can’t even change to a different flight either. I really want to fly out as soon as possible so fingers crossed that my visa will be here early next week. Then I can book another flight and go.
So how am I feeling about going to Korea? I’m not excited. Which I guess is strange? I’m not sure… I’m anxious, nervous and scared. I don’t like flying, never mind flying on my own. I think i’ll start to feel excited when it comes to me getting on my last bus to the city where I’ll be staying. Everyone keeps telling me that feeling this anxious is normal, so I’ve just got to wait the stress out and trust that everything will work out in the end.
After weeks of procrastinating, this past week I’ve actually been quite productive. I’ve finally packed my case and my hand luggage. I’ve started to sort all of my stuff out that I will be leaving at my parent’s house whilst I’m away. I’ve changed some English money to Korean Won. I’ve bought travel insurance. Finally, I’ve been on the hunt for a perfect gift to present to the school upon my arrival.
Writing this now makes me feel like such an adult. I feel like I’ve got some purpose and responsibility in life. I didn’t even feel this responsible when I moved away to university. About a week and a half ago I received a letter off a friend I went to university with, in that letter she wrote about her new job and her move to London. Which is awesome! She also asked me some questions about me moving to South Korea. For a moment I had to stop and think about how grown up we are. I know I know, I’m twenty two, I should be used to acting like an adult. It’s scary to think that it’s nearly been a whole year since we graduated. Looking back, I definitely didn’t see my life going in this direction this time last year. When I left university, I didn’t feel prepared to start my life. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, or where I wanted to go. Instead I moved back in with my parents and I got a job as a sales assistant at Primark. Let me tell you, spending 10 months working there really did give me the kick that I needed to push myself further.
The truth is, I don’t feel anymore prepared for life than I did this time last year. The difference between now and then is, I’m just not as afraid to make mistakes and learn from them. I fully intend to take the knowledge that I’ve learnt over this past year and allow it to influence the person that I will become.
I hope that you will enjoy reading about the enormous journey I’m about to embark on.