For those who are wondering why this blog has remained somewhat silent recently (excepting a previously scheduled post that published on Sunday), I am currently sitting in a cafe on the other side of the world from home. For the first time in 30 years (give or take a few months), I have made the trek across the pond to visit the motherland – the Republic of Korea. The reasons for my visit here is far from ideal. In fact, had it not been for the fact my mother nearly lost her life in a major car accident, I would not be here.
You see, I am not one of those South Koreans (not to be confused with the North, which would actually make my visit near impossible anyway) who longs to visit the homeland and partake in all that their ethnic roots have to offer. In fact, if I were to never gaze into another mirror or hang around other Koreans again, I could seriously forget that I was ever Korean. I am, for all intents and purposes, completely Americanized. So flying 13 hours to the other side of the world among people I have a hard time identifying with now is not something I particularly wish to do.
But, here I am…because if there’s one thing that supersedes my inability to identify with those who are apparently supposed to be “my people,” it’s the familial ties that binds us, no matter what culture or nationality is written in my DNA. It’s the same familial ties that people across all cultures and nations also feel.
So, while most of my time is spent helping out my mom and family in any way I can these couple of weeks I am here, I put it into my mind to try and enjoy my stay as much as I can.
Here are some of the most memorable moments…
This is the apartment of one of my uncles (in Suwon, South Korea). It is definitely the nicest of all the apartments I have stayed at this trip. One thing I keep saying again and again…no one can beat Koreans when it comes to aesthetics.
This is the first major FEAST I have partaken in while in Korea. If there’s one thing about Korea that I did greatly anticipate, it was the FOOOOOOOD!! Truly, can’t beat the REAL THING!!
We were blessed with such a warm and beautiful day my first day in Suwon, South Korea. Here’s my loverly sister (post-car accident, surgery, and hospital discharge). You may not realize, but she completely bunged up her knee in the car accident. But the docs did a pretty good job putting it back together, and she is also slowly on the mend. Although, her knee sometimes seems to forget what it’s job is and she will stand there for a few moments, willing it to bend enough for her to hobble along.
But from this picture, you would NEVER know that.
Isn’t she beautiful?
We went to an area in Seoul called Itaewon on Sunday to meet my brother-in-law for brunch. Unfortunately, I had a brain fart and completely forgot to take any photos with him before parting ways (curses!). But we did decide to meander the streets afterwards, and ran into this lovely cafe called Passion 5.
I fell in love with this huge bird (chicken?) outside. Hopefully, the feeling was mutual. Wouldn’t want a harassment suit on my hands.
The desserts were UH-MAZE-ING!! Especially the strawberry desserts. There’s just something about Korean strawberries that makes them head over heels superior to American strawberries. So much sweeter….so much fresher. I will miss the strawberries.
I celebrated my birthday while here in Korea. It’s not the size of cake, but the thoughtfulness behind it that counts (and the taste…OH MY GOODNESS, the TASTE!!).