In August, just a handful of weeks before I was hopping on a one-way ticket out of California, I realised that I better get my act together and finally do something that I’d been dreaming of for years: working up through the Pacific Northwest to Portland, Seattle and Vancouver.
With little to no budget for this trip, I relied on rideshares and Couchsurfing to get me up the coast.
It kicked ass (but that’s for another post!).
And then I turned around and headed in the opposite direction.
I met an obscene amount of new people.
We went hiking in the heat of late summer, and strangers gave us songpyeon along the way.
Escaping Seoul’s vaccuum one Saturday, I took a bus down south to check out a historical festival in one of the old capitals. It featured a lot of small children in fake beards.
We went to Busan for a weekend, chasing fireworks, and spent fours hours on a beach surrounded on all sides by ajummas who fed us relentlessly.
Suddenly, it was Halloween.
Fall came out of nowhere.
We discovered quiz nights at the pub.
And cheap bagged drinks.
It got cold. Really cold.
Christmas Eve was ace. Christmas Day was ace. New Years was ace. And I thought a little bit more about how ridiculously thankful I am.
2010 kicked ass, to put it simply. In fact, the last few years have been nothing but good to me. Amazing jobs, vibrant places, fascinating new people. I’ve put my mind to it and gotten things that I wanted. Every day, all 365 of them, I thought about luck, and I thought about fortune. And every day, I am thankful, to whatever is steering me the way I’ve been going.
Here’s to happiness, to vibrancy, to novelty, to luck, to fate, to choice. Here’s to 2010. On to 2011!