Exactly a year ago, my goal which seemed nothing more than a wish or a pipe dream became my reality. April 7, 2019, after more than a decade of fangirling, I was finally on a flight to Seoul. I will never forget the day I landed in Korea and stepped out of the airport - it felt liberating. You know that feeling when you desire somethin’ deeply in your heart, and then all those rational voices in your head tell you many reasons it’s not going to happen, but then it did - all those steps, processes, and frustrations melted away. In that singular moment, I was seeing and feeling my dream come to life.
South Korea captivated me! I love the balance of ancient and hyper modern - from the tranquil mountains, temples and tree-lined roads to skyscrapers, bright lights and whimsical architecture. It is a country of beautiful contradictions. Seoul capital area was cutting edge, futuristic, and squeaky clean while Busan and Gapyeong swelled with nature’s marvels. My existence seemed tiny as an envelope of calm waves surrounded me in Songdo, Taejongdae and Oryukdo. I saw picturesque landscapes and could sit there for hours admiring everything and still could never get enough of it. The travel aspect was made even more enjoyable because I was with my best buddies who basically laughed at my failed attempt to play with Spring fashion trends. They were bundled up in the chilly mornings and I was there looking like a complete idiot, shivering from the brisk air (served me right for sacrificing comfort over style). My favorite bits are not the famous landmarks though, not the visual elements, but the small and surprising moments that happened along the way. South Korea definitely bestowed me awe-inspiring experiences and a whole heap of treasured memories (&& a kick-ass idol encounter to top it all).
2019 was fulfilling and I thank God for the amazing opportunities I’ve had in my life. Everyday feels like “living the dream” and I don’t say this out of blind optimism. I claim it because it’s a constant reminder of how blessed I am.
P.S. HAPPY 8th ANNIVERSARY EXO (4.8.2012)