Saturday, March 5, 2011
Happy Birthday, Lost in Translation.
Vivian, Lost in Seoul.
Three years ago, I typed those words out of my grimy little Seoul apartment... not really addressing anyone in particular or knowing where I would go with this. To be honest, for the first year, I think only two people read it- Jaclyn, my desk neighbour at the school who became such a close friend, and Aaron, who shared that year in Korea with me and who would kindly poke fun at my observations.
So much has happened since then. Little did I know I'd still be writing three years later, but from Japan, in a completely different situation. Life is crazy like that. I believe more than two people read it now, although I'm not even sure most of my friends do. I always get slightly shy and embarrassed when they mention it. It's so exposed, yet so personal, but I'm always thriving to find the right balance between both.
I absolutely adore writing about my adventures here, and I still see it as my own diary... except for the fact that I met wonderful people through this page and created close friendships with fellow writers and wanderlusters, and this has gave me so many amazing writing opportunities for diverse publications, and I'm ever so thankful.
I've also enjoyed helping out newcomers in Japan (or Korea) and answering questions, and hopefully inspiring others to take that plunge and go abroad.... because despite the difficult days, it's so amazing.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for reading my blog.