Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Shocking... part 2

I am now looking at under 5 months left here in Korea. 5 months left outside the western world. 5 months left before I come home.

I had a thought yesterday.

It was a weird flash of thought that took a few too many seconds to realize that my thought was wrong. Then, I had to think about it being wrong.

A girl just recently made the move to Korea. She is from the States and arrived here only 2 weeks ago. She was talking about shopping. It was an unimportant antidote about shopping for bras and getting into an argument with someone that worked there.
The story went on about the argument and the silly little things that can be expressed in those situations.

In my mind I had a thought.
The thought went something like this.

It’s been a long time since I have been bra shopping. I can’t imagine attempting to have that argument with a shop-keeper.
I mean, my Korean is not that strong. How do you have that argument with hand signals and a rudimentary mix of languages.

I was about to ask her about hand signals and language barriers when I realized something.

Nearly everyone speaks English in the States.
She had this altercation in English.

In 5 months I won’t have to resort to hand motions and simple words.
In 5 months most people will understand me. (Well, maybe not understand “me,” but they will know the words I am saying.)

It’s hard to explain the reaction I had. It was this moment of concern, followed by a moment of relief, followed by a long pause of “Holy shit, I have been out of the world for far too long.”
Or maybe I have been in the world for too long.

Either way. In 5 months I will be around people who speak the same language I do.
In 5 months I will be able to listen in to other people’s conversations.
In 5 months I will be able to order food without guessing or just crossing my fingers and hoping I did it right.
In 5 months I will be able to fight.

I really don’t know if it is a good thing I am going back.

interesting epiphany. that same thing happened to me, but it was more along the lines of... wow, i'll be able to have a conversation with someone and completely understand what they're saying (not just making guesses) and be able to say exactly what i mean. :)
unless of course you're moving back to united states that is now overwhelmingly filled with mexicans. in which case you will hear lots and lots of spanish.
just wanted to warn you. but i'm not bitter. no not at all....
Hey Jody! I guess the countdown has started & this answers my question about how much longer you'll be there. And what will you do with your motorcycle?!

I went to today & tried to key in a flight there, just out of sheer curiosity as to how much the flight would cost. I couldn't find it.

I saw you come on iChat tonight, but then you quickly went away.
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