Korea; Kimchee and abandoning principles.

June 5, 2009


I’m in Korea!


So far, it’s seemed about a million billion miles away from Japan…I’ve been ripped off (taxi), yelled at (random, older gentleman in the bus station) and generally manhandled more in 18 hours than I have in twelve months in Japan.

People keep bloody touching me, leaning over, sitting next to me (shock!) and pointing…it’s mad. And the whole time, I’ve had my serene ‘Japan face’  plastered from ear to ear. The smiling, calm, nothingisatallwrong face I seem to have developed whilst teaching screaming babies for 8 hours everyday. 

So, as we speak Robert is in the shower shaving off his beard. We took long looks at each other last night (having not seen each other for a year), my hair is short, his dreads are gone (his beard went today) –  In the back of my mind something squirms against all this. When I cut off all my hair in January, it was initially, quite liberating – the ends were dried and broken with bleach, raves and general pre-Japan angst so getting rid of them was good. I still hate how short my hair is, probably as much as Robert hated cutting out his dreads. But if the worth of an experience can be judged by measuring that which you had to give up for it, well then I love my life – wholey and truly. (Cheers Ghandi!)

I’m mad happy 90% of the time and yeh, I’ve had to give up some things that were important to me – now I’m a coffee-swilling, fedora-hat-buying yuppie bastard. But the things I cut away with the bleach and the angst will probably come back and maybe they weren’t that great to begin with.

I mean, hemp trousers…veganism and a penchant for patchouli aren’t worthwhile in and of themselves. Before I moved to Japan I had the trappings of principles but wasn’t mentally awake enough to actually hold an ideal.

Oh and lastly…haven’t actually eaten any kimchee yet…BUT…I have had a huge bowl of crunchy nut cornflakes because they have Tescos here, can you believe it?!

Love loads,




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