I've been in Korea for one year today. Yesterday I signed a contract to stay another year. I also just got back my Alien Registration Card which will let me stay until January 17, 2012.
What a year. As I mentioned to Diana the other day, in a way it feels like I've done nothing with my year, then it suddenly feels like I've been here forever.
One year ago I left America for the first time. Since then I've been in Korea (of course), Thailand, and Singapore. I've also been in Hong Kong and Shanghai, if you count airports.
I've started drinking socially.
I've been on a number of dates and I've been a bit of a slut. Difficult in a conservative, gay unfriendly country... but it's all in a day's work.
I've lost almost all of my active knowledge of French and I'm rapidly losing my Russian. I picked up a little Korean and since I have no plans on leaving Korea anytime soon I'm now actively attempting to learn it.
I've become quite a bit more outgoing. People are genuinely surprised when I mention that I consider myself an introvert. I find that surprising myself.
I've been incredibly depressed and incredibly happy.
I am resilient and brave.
I am a foodie. The best part about traveling? Eating all the delicious food I can find.
I like Asia a lot more than I thought I would. I don't want to leave Korea for a long time... if ever.
I've been sick 11 times. (11 times too many.)
There's more, I'm sure, but I should probably go to bed. What a year.