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Oh South Korea! You Were Amazing in 2015… I Miss You!

IMG_8644In August 2015, I took my farthest and most exciting trip at that time. I went to South Korea! I don’t want that memory to ever leave me, as it was truly an amazing time! I’m re-posting my blog post to relish my experience, and give my newer followers the opportunity to hear about South Korea from my eyes.

Grab a bowl of popcorn, and a cup of tea, coffee, water or wine. At the end of this long piece, you’d feel like you were on my trip with me! So, buckle up!

Any opportunity to explore a different culture has my full attention! I’m sitting on the Haeundae beach in Busan, South Korea, getting my feet dipped in the Pacific Ocean as I write this! Bliss. Korea is a beautiful place! The pictures on Google are real. To think that she went through a horrible war about 65 years ago, she bounced back pretty nicely! Their growth and economic development can only make me pray that Nigeria and other 3rd world countries achieve speedy recovery from our corrupt governments and relatively stagnant economies.

I’ve had the time of my life in Seoul and Busan. Yes my curious ears, here are my twenty takeaways:

  1. Black women are rare:
    Everywhere I went, people were openly IMG_8616curious, staring at me, and asking for my pictures. I’d pose for a personal picture and a flock of photographers will come and take my picture! My group joked that I could make a living by charging some money for my picture to be taken.
    The most interesting thing happened when I went to the beach. I had my swimsuit on for a dip in the ocean, and this conversation ensued:

    2 Korean Girls (2KG): Oh my God! Your body is so beautiful!IMG_8984

    Me: (Aghast) Oh! Thanks!

    2KG: Are those your real boobs? They’re so big!

    Me: (Hahahahahahaha) Yes!! And you find much bigger where I come from.

    2KG: Wow!! We don’t have any boobs. A and B cups mostly.

    Me: Aw, I wish I could gift you some :=D

    2KG: Can we touch them?

    Me: Oh, go ahead!

    2KG: Uhh, Ahhh, it’s really real! Lol.

    No joke, this was how this went down, and it was fun!

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G’Day Mates! I Come Bearing Aussie Goodies!

img_0755AUSTRALIA!!!! I’m head over heels for you. Marry me? Haha, calm down folks, I kid.

People, I cannot stress this enough, TRAVEL! It’s the mind’s way of rediscovering its true elements. Take it a step further, and disconnect (internet). I was connected for no more than 24 hours over my 2-week holiday. I visited Sydney for 5 days by myself, then Melbourne to see my family-friends for 7 days. The whole trip was a 48-hour trip, so there goes my nicely organized 2-week vacay.

img_0764The first few days in Sydney, I was ‘gone’ by 3pm, which was about 11pm the previous day in Atlanta. It took three days for me to fully adjust to a 16-hour time difference. Since I’d either stayed up all night, or gotten up before dawn, I headed out as early as 7am, and came back to bed in the late afternoon. I was in my true element from when I got in the plane. It was like a switch was flicked on! Highly extroverted, people-lover, happy-go-lucky, fun, all smiles, inquisitive mind! I’ve prayed to God that that state stays with me beyond this trip.
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With love, Aussie.

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A few months ago, I started breaking down… mentally, spiritually and physically. I was totally stressed from work and other life stressors. I reckoned that I needed a break… not just any kind, but a far away vacation to a place where I could forget about all the negatives, and focus on the positives, and thank God for my life, this very life I only get to live once. This coupled with my personal goal to visit at least one new country each year, leads to the fact that I’m writing this sitting on the beautiful Manly Beach in Sydney, Australia. Naturally, I didn’t want to fly 22 hours, to a country that’s 16 hours ahead of my time zone, all by myself, so I tried to garner interest in some friends… but for various reasons, no one else could make it. I went ahead and bought my ticket. A few days later, I booked my accommodation… Delta gave me my count-down, 56 days. Not a day went by where I didn’t think of this trip. I’m blessed with good sleep, so I slept for about 13 hours on the flight, read a book, played Sudoku and caught up with my shows Blackish & Suits for the other parts of the trip.

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Dear Good Americans, Explain Where You Were When…

Photo on 11-4-13 at 6.59 PM

When Leticia Asked me WHAT we use to Talk in Africa
I was in the line in my cafeteria when Leticia black girl walked up to me, “Hey girl, what ya’ll used to talk in Africa?” Boy, was I stunned! She was referring to the “click click” sound made in some languages of Southern Africa countries when she asked this. I know this because moments before, I overheard a conversation she had with her friends on that topic. I looked at Leticia squarely in her eyes thinking, “this bitch…”, but I answered, “we move our noses and squeeze our faces to converse with one another.” She actually pondered on it for a second before saying, “gurll, you being sarcastic?” I walked off…

We Can’t invite You For an Interview Because of Your Location Preferences
I applied to a company that I really would have loved to work for. The recruiter, white male, emailed me back saying the company could not invite me in for an interview because the locations I put on my application were “full.” I took a step forward by explaining that I only put a location because I had to, I really am open to moving, by the way, it was a 100% travel role, so I didn’t see the high relevance of location, I’d never be in my apartment nonetheless. He responded back saying, “The Company chooses to stand by its decision.” Continue reading

Oh South Korea! You Were Amazing!! Camsamida!!!

Grab a bowl of popcorn, and a cup of tea, coffee, water or wine. At the end of this long piece, you’d feel like you were on my trip with me! So, buckle up!

Any opportunity to explore a different culture has my full attention! I’m sitting on the Haeundae beach in Busan, South Korea, getting my feet dipped in the Pacific Ocean as I write this, bliss ( I will post this in Atlanta, but at this point in the post, I’m in Korea)! It is by no means cheap to travel and enjoy a rich culture for 10 days, 14 hours ahead of your home, and a 16- hour flight away, but it’s completely worth every penny. All thanks to God, my parents and the different scholarships I received, I was able to afford this trip. I pray I have the opportunity to do it again as I surely want to!

Korea is a beautiful place! The pictures on Google are real. To think that she went through a horrible war about 65 years ago, she bounced back pretty nicely! Their growth and economic development can only make me pray that Nigeria and other 3rd world countries achieve speedy recovery from our corrupt governments and relatively stagnant economies.

I’ve had the time of my life in Seoul and Busan. Yes my curious ears, I will share it all with you 😀

  1. Black women are rare:
    Living, as a minority could be a little challenging, not in Korea. Everywhere I went, people were openly curious, staring at me, and asking for my pictures. I’d pose for a personal picture and a flock of photographers will come and take my picture! My group joked that I could make a living my charging some money for my picture to be taken.
    The most interesting thing happened when I went to the beach. I had my swimsuit on for a dip in the ocean, and this conversation ensued:
    2 Korean Girls (2KG): Oh my God! Your body is so beautiful!
    Me: (Aghast) Oh! Thanks!
    2KG: Are those your real boobs? They’re so big!
    Me: (Hahahahahahaha) Yes!! And you find much bigger where I come from.
    2KG: Wow!! We don’t have any boobs. A and B cups mostly.
    Me: Aw, I wish I could gift you some :=D
    2KG: Can we touch them?
    Me: Oh, go ahead!
    2KG: Uhh, Ahhh, it’s really real! Lol.
    No joke, this was how this went down, and it was fun!

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