Back in the USA (just for a visit)

Just landed in Dulles airport this morning!

Can’t believe it’s been a year since I’ve stepped foot in the USㅡit didn’t really hit me until I told the immigration official that this morning.

I can’t even describe the strangeness of exiting the airport today and realizing I was in the US of A. I felt so far away from my life in Korea (which is now my “real” life), yet so at home. I have to admit that I haven’t thought about or missed day-to-day life in US all that much this past year, so it’s weird to return and remember how easily I fit in here.

Random observations from today:

– I don’t ever have to question whether or not to throw my toilet paper in the toilet or the trash can here.
– I’m not used to seeing prices written in dollars. The fact that there only 2 digits after the dot threw me off at first.
– I’ve missed all the quirky, healthy snack food they have here!!
– I can toss my food trash in the regular trash can now! So weird.
– Also, can I just say that I LOVE my body pillow? I really want to bring it back to Korea with me, but I don’t think it will fit in my suitcase..

What struck me the most today is that life is just so comfortable here. I have a room waiting for me, a family watching out for me, easy access to a piano and a car, and no language or culture barriers to deal with.  I could just so easily stay here.

It makes me realize even more how crazy my love for Korea is.  Because while it would seem that I have everything I could possibly need or want here, part of me is already aching to go back.



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Elizabeth walks by faith in a complex world. She values the beauty of the everyday and strives for vulnerability with other imperfect humans. Amidst her frequent bouts of laughter, tears, and adventures in nature, she is constantly learning, growing, pondering, and finding herself in awe of grace.

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