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 is a teacher, preacher, musician, and writer. She has a Master's of Divinity and a Master's of Music, which represent her two great loves: Jesus and the arts. A half-Korean, half-white American, she spent seven years in South Korea teaching English. Elizabeth is a perpetual learner, a deep feeler, and a pursuer of beauty and truth.

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