I have lived in a few places in the world. To be specific, Canada, Suriname, The Netherlands, South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique, Cambodia and South Korea.
So how is it that some places just seem easier than others… and some… well… one really… did not work well at all. I am a teacher now and hence, it has been drilled into me to reflect and then reflect some more. In doing that, I realize that there was this one definable moment that just altered things.
I was living in South Korea (Taegu) to be exact, and we were headed to the market to look for a VCR (yes… it was a long time ago). In doing so, we took a wrong turn and did not find electronics but instead found a market of animals, some alive, some not, but none of them pretty. Although I have seen a lot of “gross stuff” in my travels, these images just seemed to imprint on my mind, and I couldn’t erase them. I felt really messed up after and I guess, I never shook it.
I don’t know why, maybe South Korea and I just weren’t meant to be.
Of course, lots of wonderful things existed (tea shops, beautiful temples, kind people, delicious food, gorgeous clothing and nicer markets to explore), but I just could never get past that one moment. Despite that, I did live there for one year, albeit it was a challenge, and it took another country to help me to get over my experience.
Amusingly, it was Vietnam and as I read other travel blogs regularly, it is interesting to note that for many travellers Vietnam is their challenge! It just goes to show that not all countries make a perfect fit, but when you do find one, it is the most amazing wonderful feeling in the world and I guess this is why I love to travel.