Asia | Korea, Republic of – And that’s it.
I’m back. The journey home was not one of the best I’ve had. I was late to check in at Seoul after the airport bus took an hour longer than usual. I got slammed with a two hundred pound excess baggage fee. When I got to Hong Kong I was told that my connection to London was cancelled, and I was rushed around the airport while they tried to get me on another flight. When eventually they did, they said it was very unlikely that they would find my baggage quickly enough for it to make it onto the same flight. I got lost in Heathrow Airport trying to find where to get my onward to Manchester (I always get lost in Heathrow Airport, so it shouldn’t have come as too much of a surprise really!) but by some miracle, when finally, after 27 hours of travelling, I got back home, my baggage was also there, against all hope.
And so a short drive got me to my sister’s place. I spent the rest of the day feeling very strange indeed. It was a feeling of, ‘I don’t belong here.’ I think this was brought on by the fact that everything I had been familiar with, and all the topics of conversation I’d been sharing recently, were suddenly redundant, and irrelevant to anyone here. I felt like I had nothing to say that wouldn’t involve boring people to death by relentlessly harping on about Korea. Anyway, my very cute nephews helped to take my mind off it, and when I woke up this morning I felt better. Having watched my first English sunrise since last December, I headed into town, and bought myself tickets to India for February. This put the nail in the coffin of feeling dispondant. I mean really, I’ve got three weeks of reunions, festive merriment and abject idleness to look forward to, followed by three weeks in Egypt, and then two months in India and Nepal, so there’s hardly any reason not to be ludicrously happy! It only remains for me to thank Korea, not only for a great year full of experiences and people that I’ll never forget, but also for making my next travels possible. Kamsa Hamnida. Thanks also to anyone who’s read any of this inane babble over the last twelve months. Don’t think that just because Korea’s in the past that you’ve got rid of me. I’ll be back.