Well, here I am, back in America. After a 18 hour flight (2 to Beijing, 4 hour layover, 12 to LA), I arrived in LA on Monday evening. Strange thing was that Air China’s arrivals was not in Terminal like the rest of the international flights. Instead, it was in this dingy Terminal 2 area… reminiscant of the Vietnam airport pre-remodeling. I had to exchange some quarters and call my parents from a pay phone to come to the right terminal haha.
I’ve been at home recovering from jet lag ever since. Besides stuffing my face with food, my days have been spent hanging out with my smelly dog Breakfast and taking sporadic naps. I ventured out in my beloved car for the first time today. It took me awhile to remember that “D” was for drive… But after I figured that out, I was roaming around Garden Grove like normal. I got myself a pastrami sub for lunch and roamed about the Dollar Tree. I can’t wait to start packing my suitcase with American goods lol.
I miss Korea a lot actually. I miss the cleanliness and safety. I miss walking around and not understanding 70% of what people are saying. I feel that Americans are fake polite. They open doors and say excuse me, but when one small thing happens, they put on the douchebag mask right away. Whereas in Korea, a lot of it is about saving face… excessive bowing, beating around the bush, and keeping your voices low (unless you’re a kid). I don’t like one way better than the other. I like America for America. And I like Korea for Korea.