My First Year in Korea

One year ago, on August 14th, 2015, I had just arrived in South Korea and was slowly adjusting to my new life. I can’t believe how fast this past year has gone by. It seems like just yesterday I was waiting for Junkyu in the Incheon Airport, ready to start my new journey. Now I can officially say it’s been one year since I arrived that hot August evening.

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My first few weeks were taxing, and I definitely felt overwhelmed. I had to start a new job, go to Japan to get my work visa, and Junkyu and I had to make lots of shopping trips to furnish our new place. We bought hanbok and visited family for Chuseok, and I had a lot of difficulties learning how to do everything in a new way. Korean culture is very different than American and Japanese culture, the two that I know the most about, so I was constantly learning about what to do and what not to do in certain situations.

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We also had to plan our wedding while we got to know each other, since we had been long distance for a year before getting engaged. We went through a lot of miscommunication and cultural struggles, and we both changed jobs around the same time. Moving to a new country, redefining a relationship, and changing jobs are all tough situations in and of themselves, but I went through all of those things at the same time.

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Christmas time was mostly peaceful, and by then I had figured out how to do most things on my own, such as get around the city and my neighborhood. I learned a lot of Korean, and I signed up to take the TOPIK I, which I did well on. I went snowboarding for the first time, and we took our pre-wedding photos around Valentine’s Day. I gained a lot of confidence and some new friends.

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Spring brought beautiful flowers and new beginnings as we tied the knot, I celebrated my 25th birthday, and we booked our honeymoon for the fall. I am completely in love with Korea, and I enjoy so many comforts living here as the wife of a Korean native. I have a lot of things left to look forward to this year, but yesterday, on August 15th (Korean Independence Day) I began to reflect on how far I’ve come since my first full day in Korea.

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I hope I’ll continue to improve as a wife and as a person in the years to come, and I’m thankful for all the wonderful opportunities I’ve had this past year in Korea.

5 thoughts to “My First Year in Korea”

  1. I didn’t realise it until now, but you arrived in Korea a year after I arrived.. exactly. Haha. So my two year anniversary passed recently, and I forgot about it ooops.

    You’ve done so much in one year, seriously impressed ^^

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