Getting Ready for my Trip

19 Feb

I had been waiting for this for 20+ years and the only way to get to Korea was to use my parents–I had no funds after being drained by my last boyfriend and failing to become financially independent. I had to wait through the renovation of the attic when they renewed their mortgage, I waited through their 3,000 dollar speakers, I waited in college when she said we might go, and then I tried to save for it when she kept being wishy-washy. Then I waited more… and then I got to go on May 2, 2008. This is the account from that time:

This is kind of surreal, like I didn’t really experience this. That something will happen to prevent me from going on that plane to Asia. Maybe I’m just not thinking straight and I’ve imagined this whole thing up.

I prepared a whole lot. I have support system for all three countries, people to take care of me, and I’ve made an effort to learn all three languages necessary for the trip. I still don’t feel satisfied, but I think I’ve tried my best.

I the past year I’ve learned Korean, brush up my Japanese and taught myself basic Mandarin. God bless the subbing community for dramas… I couldn’t have done it without them. Dramas have saved me a lot of heartache on this trip.

I wish my Mom wasn’t so scared before this point and she hadn’t made so many excuses about why we shouldn’t go. But I can’t change the past or her. So I’ll take what I have. But now I’ve arrived at this point, I’m going to make the best of it. I’m not sure how I’ll get along with my parents on this trip, but I’ll do my best.

I’m excited and packing. I’m even shifting my internal clock to Korean time. I hope it works!


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