I always thought we’d travel; never stay. And even we ever did; we’d trade chaotic city life for an ordinary life in the mountains. What can I say? Things have a way of working or not. It’s been 5 days since we’ve moved to Seoul. We’re not sure how long this move will last. A year or two? Maybe less or more. For what it’s worth, Seoul has it’s fair share of mountains to keep us interested, challenge those rusty legs, set new fitness goals, and burn unwanted fat, perhaps? I’ve heard optimism goes a long way.
After a month of getting things sorted, spending time with loved ones, and going through a gamut of emotions, we never thought existed; we’re here. Basil has immersed himself into work and I, into making our apartment resemble a ‘home’. It reminds me of birds who fret obsessively on their nest. It also explains the rather long sabbatical from blogging. It’s been so long and believe me, when I say this, I’m struggling to write. Apparently writing isn’t as easy as cycling or playing a sport. Chances are, you might forget how those words work and the rhythm of those sentences.
What does that mean for our blog? Firstly, I’m not sure if we would get to travel as much. I’m hoping we get to see more of Korea. Although, I’m growing increasingly skeptical, especially after not being able to go on a real trip for 7 months. Maybe, I don’t see ourselves as travellers anymore. And yet, when I look around, I see travel taking centre stage. I see people, very different from us, challenging the odds and making the most of travel. A friend of mine is on a month long trip in the US. And she doesn’t let her cracked ankle bone (after a surviving a bad car crash) deter her spirit or smile as she clicks countless selfies. Another friend, hikes with her two daughters (an infant and a toddler) and photographer husband, along rickety bridges, in near deserted places in Thailand. It’s fantastic! Where does that leave us? Reminiscent and hopeful, I suppose.
I wonder, if those who follow us, and read what I write, would want to know about expat life in Seoul. I think there’s always a new aspect to learn about any country. Every trip springs a new perspective. I’m on my third and longest stay here. And it also makes me wonder (my earlier posts) if I had been too quick to form an opinion. Countries with strong cultures and checkered pasts are difficult to decipher. I come from one. I get that. And when people from two such countries meet, the conversation is surely going to get interesting. I’ll have to keep that in mind when I find my patience wearing thin or my wild temper — ready to take off.
This blog started as a travel blog and has meandered along the way. At the moment, I’m not sure what it is or what course it will take. I’m still figuring out who we are. Are we travellers? Are we settlers? Or are we, just an average couple submitting to life?