Hi from San Francisco! I just wanted to post a quick update after many days of abandoning my blog :P Packing was a lot harder than I thought it'd be because all my check-ins had to be below 50lbs. So despite my awesome folding and packing skillz, I ended up having to take 2 check-ins anyway because of weight issues. It was $100 for the second bag blerghh :P
Even though I'm super excited overall about the trip, I was really sad at the airport.... It finally sank in that I won't be seeing my fam or be home for at least a year and oh gosh, I dunno....I'm more sentimental than I thought I guess. I felt better after a good cry and nap on the plane, but I'm surprised by how lost I feel knowing that my family is so far away....
|Cool art display at SFO.|
Anyway, I have a 10 hour layover at San Francisco airport and since I'm here from 12AM - 10AM, it's pretty much deadddd. But I love how there are no crowds and so many seats open for me to just stretch out on and read/surf the net/edit vids :) I've also been recording little snippets with my camera for the last couple of days for a vlog with my new Olympus TG-620 Tough iHS Waterproof Digital Camera and I feel oh-so-cosmopolitan editing my video in an airport ^_^
On a more cheerful note, I met a lady who will be living in Korea for the next 9 months. She's part of a mission trip that teaches in English in a small town about 90 minutes from Seoul. She's in her mid-50s but her zest for life and genuine desire to do good was really inspiring. I was feeling a little jaded after reading a bunch of blogs I stumbled across written by ESL teachers who just hate Korea, teaching, Korean people, Korean food.... but this lady reminded me that there are many, many good ESL teachers as well - people who travel with open minds and hearts and are willing to give their time and spend their own money to do good in a country so far from their own.
Also I am loving my ASOS scarf ^_^ It's so big I've been using it as a blanket on the plane and the tassels and bright colors make me so happy ehehe
The next time I post I'll prolly be in Korea....see you then!