I love Korea, really I do. I guess that the thing that I am beginning to realize is that being in an office- any office- where you have no friends and/ or nobody speaks to you is really hard. I miss human interaction consisting of something other than awkward smiles and waving. (Story time: saying goodbye to the boss of my office always makes me really uncomfortable for some reason, especially because of how quiet the whole room usually is around the time when I head out. Like most awkward people around my age, I couple the statement with a wave. For some reason my boss now taps me on the shoulder whenever he walks by my desk and waves right in my face, like a toddler. I'm still not sure how he expects me to react to a hand less than an inch away from my face...) I wonder if things would be made easier by having better Korean, but that might even turn out to be even more frustrating.
Part of me is still wondering a few things. One of the things is this; if people walk by my desk and see that I am obviously doing nothing productive, why have none of them given me a task to do? Every day I also wonder how many people would actually notice if I just slid under my desk, curled up, and went to sleep. The last thing that I periodically wonder is this: I am a 19 year old girl from the US, why do you expect me to know everything about any and all policies for return or exchange on any website in existence even if I have never even heard of it before?
I guess I just feel awful (could just be all the kimchi- hahahaha) that when I do actually get called on to help, most of the time I can't do anything because English websites are not always good about explaining how exchanges work other than at the time of purchase, and unfortunately I cannot time travel... yet.
As my journey in Korea is drawing to a close, I want all of you to know that updates will still be coming from me about my travels, and the next destination is China!!!!
Elena (who will probably post at least one more thing about life in Korea before she leaves)
Be kind to others!
Everyday Acts of Activism