Monday, March 24, 2008

One Month

Today marks one full month that I have been here in Korea. I can't believe how fast the time has flown by, or how much I love it here. I haven't been at all homesick yet, which seems a bit odd. In fact, I keep thinking already about the possibility of extending my contract. One thing is for certain; I was definitely born to live abroad. I have no desire to return to the US anytime soon.

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about what I'm going to do over Christmas. Going home is ridiculously expensive and downright silly (I'd waste two days just in traveling, for one thing), so I've decided I'm going to take a vacation over Christmas week. I'm thinking a week in Guam and Saipan would be great, plus the airfare is actually quite affordable. If that doesn't work out, I may go to the Philippines or Indonesia. I love having all these options!

This is why I can't understand people thinking that I should be trying to find a husband right now. The last thing on earth I want right now is a guy! I love my freedom, and being able to live wherever I want, and to travel wherever I choose to. I am not about to give up this lifestyle yet. No thank you!

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"