I have loads of time to think lately, so here's a little Korea wrap-up.
Was it a waste of time? Not at all. As much as it probably hurt my career a bit, I'm sure in the long run it will be beneficial, and on a personal level it was the best experience ever. I see life differently, and appreciate small things and friendships so much more.
Do I miss Korea? Actually, I don't really. Okay, I miss Seoul, I miss the activity of the city, the subway, the crowds, the bustling, the neon lights, the shopping. And I miss my friends dearly, and all the fantastic times I've had. But the culture? I found it quite abrasive in general, and no, I don't miss it. One year was good, one year was fun, but I couldn't take much more of it, to be honest.
And I know Montreal is not perfect. Montreal is small, I see the same people everywhere, and shops and cafés close at 10pm on weeknights. It's hard to find a job. There's a lot of scary people around. I don't feel as safe as I did in Seoul. But the quality of life is so much better. The air is clean, people are smiling and holding doors, and it's just home.
Do I want to leave again? Oh yes. And all that time off and chaos in my personal life is once again the perfect motivation to find a new, exciting project, and think about what I really want in life.