Eriana, outbound to Korea

Hey everyone!

It's been awhile and I can't believe so much time has passed already. I'm down to under a month and half and I have so many feelings that I don't even begin to know how to process.

I feel like I've lived a whole lifetime in under a year, and at the same time like I haven't lived long enough. I've made so many amazing connections both in my town and in school that I'm confident will feel like home for years to come. I'm always delighted when the workers in cafes and restaurants I often go to recognize me and give a cheery greeting. Walking around this place, I feel so privileged to have had the opportunity to call it home for a year.

I've been so many places while I've been in Korea and thanks to many of my friends and family I've been able to truly learn and experience much of the culture. Korea has without a doubt found a solid place in my heart and has become like home. I'm nowhere near ready to leave, and even though my language skills are not where I wanted them at this point, I will continue to study and strive to be better in the future. It is my wish to come back one day soon maybe for college or for work.

Recently, my family from Orlando had the opportunity to come and visit me here in Korea and I was beyond ecstatic. For me, this visit was symbolic of my two worlds and my two homes colliding. This trip was so fun and I was so happy to be able to introduce my host families to my mom and my aunt and I was even more happy when we stayed in Seoul because it's one of my most favorite places in Korea!

There was a time before I went on exchange when I didn't know a single thing about this country. Through Rotary I got to learn about not just through a text book but up-close, hands-on, and in person. I have fallen so deeply in love with South Korea and I just want to thank everyone again who made this experience possible for me.

It's been real South Korea, I'll be back for you one day really soon!

And thanks to everyone for enjoying the journey with me.

Love,
Eriana

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