Kootje Dijkstra | Leaving for South Korea
living abroad, South Korea, Konkuk University
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10 Aug 10 more days to go

It is insane how time flies.. Almost seven months after coming back from Mexico, it is already time for me to pack my bags and head to another destination: South Korea! Although I am looking forward a lot to starting a life in my new hometown Seoul, I also feel those nerves and underlying anxiety coming up since a couple of days. It takes a lot, to pack your belongings to live for a certain time abroad. I feel different than last year, when I felt so ready to leave and step out of my daily routine in the Netherlands. But also, it was my first time. Now that I know what awaits me and that everything will be so exciting, it is easier to go. And let’s be honest; Mexico certainly was the best thing to happen to me so far. South Korea is going to be different, but just as much fun, I know for sure. I can’t wait to discover the country, meet new people and get to know the Korean culture. For the last few weeks I have been busy with working full time, meeting up with friends, applying for the student visa, getting the paperwork for Konkuk University done, making ‘what to pack’-, ‘what not to forget’-, and ‘what-to-buy’- lists. Believe me, I still haven’t figured it out yet. Korea has four seasons, same as in the Netherlands, but a bit more extreme. Think of summers with over 35 degrees and winters with -20 degrees.. Bear in mind that Seoul is a metropolitan, a city with over 11 million inhabitants, so I can’t image myself not finding any clothing/toothpaste/towels/bobby pins/socks 🙂 One thing I learned is that I only used a third of the stuff I brought to Mexico and even got rid of many clothing which I donated to my Mexican roommates..

On the 21st of August, the Korean Air- plane will fly me from Amsterdam to Seoul in 10 hours and 45 minutes, to an unknown country, unknown dormitory room, unknown people, unknown culture and to a new, but unknown version of myself.