We arrived in Korea on this day one year ago. Happy anniversary to us! After reflecting on the year that was, here are some things I’ve learned about life in Korea.
Don’t buy into the western media hysteria over North Korea. It’s the same rhetoric I dealt with back in the early noughties when I lived here. Nothing has changed. The South Koreans are like my canary in the coal mine – when the canary stops singing, it’s time to leave in a big fat hurry.
I am super excited to be living without the burden of carrying around a bunch of keys to get inside my new home in South Korea. Maybe a keyless life is a metaphor about unburdening ourselves from a mortgage (our house settlement was last week). Whatever it is, I LOVE it.
’m having my mid-life crisis. Not a buy-a-red-convertible or get-a-hot-new-twenty-something-guy kind of mid-life crisis, but the sort you have when you get home from a three-month digital nomadding stint in Vietnam and discover that bags potatoes have jumped to $15 (seriously! WTF potatoes?). We are moving back to South Korea for an unknown period of time. Maybe a year, maybe less, maybe more.
There is an end date to this digital nomad adventure and that makes me sad. Our return date to Australia is fast approaching, nipping at my happy bubble. I am already grieving yet we are still here. A strange situation to find oneself in.
It’s been almost a month since we left Melbourne and we’ve been in Nha Trang for just over two weeks. We’re getting into the groove of our daily life here. I need a lot more experience at this digital nomad thing because right now, I’m digital nomadding like a complete hack.
And so ends my second week of being a digital nomad and copywriter on the road. I suck at being a digital nomad, so I’ve taken the ‘nomad’ out of being a digital nomad and we’ve set up a home base in Nha Trang, Vietnam. No more re-packing and moving hotels and Airbnb apartments. We’ve rented a fully-furnished one bedroom apartment in a high rise, right across the road from the beach and it has the most amazing views across the city and of the long stretch of sand and sea at our doorstep.
Chào bạn! I have no idea how to pronounce it but I expect that I will learn over the next few months as Vietnam has become my temporary home as I give this whole digital nomad thing a go. I haven’t yet found a home base here, but I think that will happen next week when we reach Nha Trang. People tell me disdainfully that it’s like the Gold Coast of Vietnam. I bet I’ll love it.