This is my final goodbye to Korea. I am sitting in the Busan airport about to board my flight to Beijing, and I am strangely unemotional. This morning was emotional saying goodbye to Davo for 3 days (I know I am a wuss), but I was not emotional about leaving Korea. It is possible though that my brain just cannot process what is happening. I don’t feel like I am leaving. I feel like I will be back here after China, but I won’t.
This weekend we said goodbye to all our friends, our favorite restaurants, our coffee shops and our bars. Saying goodbye to friends was emotional. We have met many cool people here and their company has helped us throughout the year to forget the massive heartache of missing friends and family back home. We now have friends all over the world and it makes the world feel a bit smaller and more homey.
Korea has been a huge growing experience. I have learned a lot about myself and the way that I connect with people. I have learned to just roll with things. I have learned that I am more adaptable than I once thought. I hope that these experiences will resonate with me and stay with me. I am capable of more than I thought. And now I am about to embark on a journey that is wildly out of my comfort zone. Traveling solo. No friends, no family, and no Davo.
I know I am capable of navigating China alone. But it is still scary. Luckily, I have an incredibly supportive partner who encouraged me to clear this hurdle that I have always wanted to clear. The solo female traveler. During our time aboard I have met many amazing women who have come to Korea on their own and traveled all over the world on their own. I always wanted to see if I could do it, too. Three days in Bejing hardly begins to touch the experience of moving to Korea on your own, but it is a start. I love my partner more than anything, but I can do things without him, and I am looking forward to learning more about myself during this experience.
After Beijing I will meet Davo and his family in Prague. It only seems right that this year-long journey began in Prague, and it will end in Prague. Soon I will be making grilled pizzas with my family and partner, and I can take comfort in that as I am navigating an Asian sprawling metropolitan giant all-alone.
I can do this! Bring it, China! I am sure there will be a blog about China shortly upon my arrival in Prague. Stay tuned.