As I mentioned in my previous article, after my week in Vietnam, I made the long journey back to the US for the first time in a year and a half! It was an exhausting 24 hour journey, but it was great to see my mom, dad and brother waiting for me at the St. Louis airport with a giant "Welcome Back" sign. It was about 9:30pm when I finally arrived, and my first priority was to have a real American meal; since not much was open around that time, we opted for Steak 'n' Shake. I didn't hesitate when ordering a giant milkshake; something I haven't really had since my time in Korea. There's just some things America does better, and milkshakes are definitely one of them!
Translation: "Welcome Home. We Love You, Kylee"
Family selfie at the airport...yes, we got photobombed.
Opening Christmas presents in February!
Steak 'n' Shake!
First time driving in a year and a half!
On a different note, just as I had experienced culture shock when I first arrived in Korea, I also had a similar experience upon returning to the States. I should mention that in no way do I intend this to be offensive, but I think it should be said that the very first thing I noticed after landing back in the US was the countless overweight people I saw everywhere. It took me by surprise how shocked I was, because it's no secret that Americans have the stereotype of being fatter; but, because seeing overweight people is so uncommon in Korea, it was really noticeable to me everywhere I went. Secondly, I thought a lot of my meals were quite salty. This obviously didn't stop me from eating, as I already mentioned my food escapades, but the food was considerably saltier than Korean food.
I knew my two weeks stateside would go by quick, but I do have to say that when the time came I was ready to make the journey back to Korea (but only after stuffing my suitcase full of some American necessities first!). I was ready to get back to my own apartment, my own bed, my daily routine and my friends. Being back home made me realize that nothing has changed that much since I left, and only confirmed for me the fact that I'm not ready to move back to the US quite yet. So until then, I'll continue living my life here and blogging about it for you.