My last Life Lately post was in May. Here’s a little bit of what’s been going on with me since then. This post will be more reflective than others from this series. Can you tell by this cringey photo of me from when I was about 16 or 17? Read More
I have never had an issue with traveling alone. I actually prefer to travel alone to a new city where I can have a sense of anonymity. Only after I’ve experienced a city on my own a few times will I ask someone else to return to the city with me. I don’t know why I’m this way, but it’s just personal preference I guess. On this trip to Seoul, however, I learned that I may not be all about going solo after all.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I didn’t leave Seoul feeling sour. In fact, despite some quirks I didn’t anticipate, I fell in love with the city even more. I just wasn’t really into being there — somewhat — alone. I had a couple friends who were also visiting South Korea, but they were in different cities and had certain schedules. We only really met up twice, with just a few short hangouts in between. I also spent a day with my aunt and uncle who came in from Incheon. But during most of my time I was in Seoul, I was left to get lost on my own.
I didn’t mind it, since I’d meet up with Tara after she’d get off work. I also had some really good company at the guesthouse for the first few days. But when I was alone, I would sometimes wish I had a travel buddy. I never felt that way anywhere else I’ve traveled alone, but for some reason I had this lingering feeling all throughout this trip.
On my first morning in Seoul, I was pretty beat from the travel day before. I didn’t know exactly what I would do, and the fact that it was blazing hot outside made me want to stay indoors and hug an air conditioner for the entire day. But I didn’t.
I explored my surroundings a bit. I was lucky that Tara had been so nice and created a general itinerary for me. I was staying in her area, so she gave me suggestions on places to check out nearby. I spent about an hour just hanging out, people watching, and getting a feel of the kind of community I’d be around.
What is going on? It’s been a while! I know that my last post was a Life Lately bit, and I’m afraid this post is just about the same. I’ve actually been up to way more interesting things than usual, given that it has been a long time since I’ve updated this blog. If you’ve kept up and in touch with me through Twitter, you’ll know what’s been keeping me occupied. Or, maybe not? I don’t know. At any rate, here’s what’s been happening and why I haven’t been on here for quite some time. Read More
This is probably the understatement of my life, but I talk about being an immigrant a lot. It’s such a defining part of who I am, and I don’t know that I would be able to see the world as I do if I didn’t have that firsthand experience. Lately, I’ve been having to face my identity head-on. From Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, to politics, and even Beyoncé’s latest work, I’m reminded everyday that my identity is complex.