Back in time: the road home

Trip Start Jun 19, 2010
Trip End Sep 14, 2010

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

My three month stay in Asia was finally coming to an end. I'd been lucky enough to spend nine weeks working in and exploring Korea, a week each traipsing around Japan and China, and two weeks running around Thailand. I never even imagined having the opportunity, or a reason, to travel to Asia, yet I spent my entire summer there and had a blast. I was a little sad to be returning home to the real world, but also happy to finally be headed somewhere where I could speak English and be understood! And even more excited to go to a place where I'm not eaten alive by mosquitoes (I have way too many scars to count, sadly). I was going to be arriving home on saturday afternoon (after leaving Korea saturday night... whoa time travel!), and I'd have roughly 36 hours to rest before returning to lab and trying to find an apartment in LA. Thank god I'm not one to suffer too badly from jet lag!

Thankfully, if I get nostalgic and want to reminisce a little about Korea, I live within miles of K-town, so banana milk, coconut crackers, soju, and kimchi is a short drive away!

I had one final day to spend in Seoul before heading back home (I had to fly from Bangkok to Seoul in order to go back to LA). It actually felt much like I was returning "home" when I stepped off the plane in Seoul; I'd spent so much time in Korea, that compared to the other countries I visited, I was much more comfortable and familiar with Korea. I spent the night in the same hotel that I stayed in during orientation almost three months prior. It was pretty strange actually to spend my last night in Korea in the very place I also spent my first night; I had been pretty apprehensive back then about the whole trip, but this time, I was very happy with my stay there and now was slightly apprehensive about returning home!

I had a really good last meal of galbi, which also included kimchi, corn tea, and sweet dessert tea of course. And then it just wouldn't be Korea without getting ice cream afterward. And after a quick stop at Paris Baguette the next morning, I was finally ready (reluctantly ready anyway) to begin my long journey back home.

As I was going through security at Incheon, I took off my shoes to go through the xray, and one of the workers handed me a pair of slippers. I had to laugh; this definitely wouldn't be happening to me again any time in the near future. And so I said my goodbyes, and boarded the plane headed for LAX.

I'd missed an entire summer of California beaches, Mexican food, and quite a few other things that I was looking forward to back at home. In just 12 short hours, I'd finally be able to have that all again.
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