Settling in

There’s something so uniquely comforting about being on a bus, train, or plane to a new destination and looking out the window. These were taken on my 3 hour bus ride to Jinju.

I’ve been doing a lot of in-country traveling recently. The past two weekends I went to Seoul and this week, since Hangul day is a national holiday, I went to Jinju to see the fall lantern festival. I’ve had a lot of time to look out windows and see the Korean landscape pass before my eyes.

Last night, when I got home from Jinju, I started to realize that my homestay has really turned into a home for me. My host dad offered to drive me and my friend home from the bus terminal. While I was walking from the car to the apartment, my host father quipped how I looked like I skipped fall and began just dressing for winter. We were laughing and when I walked through the door, my host brothers greeted me and excitedly told me all about their day. I put my gift of assorted macaroons down on the kitchen table when my oldest host brother showed me about all the games they played. When I finally got to my room, I was so happy. And I think I was happy because my homestay is not a foreign place to me. I don’t have to be “on” all the time, and I don’t feel like I’m walking on eggshells. I’m well looked after here and I feel like a part of the family. I look forward coming home after a weekend excursion or trip because where I sleep has truly turned into a beacon of comfort and happiness.

One thought on “Settling in”

  1. What a beautiful experience, Christina! It’s said that life is a continuous journey, not a destination. It must be very warm, rewarding feeling, when you finally returned to your homestay family. Take care, Love Dad

    On Thu, Oct 10, 2019, 1:58 AM Korea Teaches Christina wrote:

    > Christina Dwyer posted: ” There’s something so uniquely comforting about > being on a bus, train, or plane to a new destination and looking out the > window. These were taken on my 3 hour bus ride to Jinju. I’ve been doing a > lot of in-country traveling recently. The past two ” >

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