Traveling without moving

I feel as though I’m still traveling. Except, of course, that I have a purpose again. By that I mean that I have a world that sits still and a pattern that recycles it everyday. At the same time, the feeling of being a foreigner in a foreign land hasn’t left. The culture still surprises me on a daily basis. And that depression that I usually get after coming home from a long journey never happened. Maybe it’s because in a sense, I am still traveling; I’m just not moving.

It’s been interesting reconnecting with Busan, with this immobile world of mine. Aside from my job, my rock of stability is the friendships that I have here. It’s a… well, forgive the adjective choice, but a very pancreatic* thing here. Some of them have gone away; it happens every six months or so. At the same time, there are others have gotten stronger since I’ve returned. And in a mere 10 or so days of being back, I’ve already widened that world and met some interesting new people. One of the things I love about Korea is the feeling of infinite possibility you get when you meet certain Koreans. You make a connection and suddenly you’re off on a new avenue of experience. That’s because, if you have a sort of traveler’s mindset while living here, you’re always looking to penetrate deeper into the Koreanness of Korea. We don’t get very much access, so when a door opens it’s exciting.

My band is fucking great, by the way. We had a bit of drama upon my return, and I actually quit. But they came to my defense and wouldn’t let me leave. Damned good people, every one of them.

*For the life of me I can’t think of another way of saying this. On the cellular level, you actually wake up with a new pancreas every day. At the same time, the pancreas doesn’t change and doesn’t move but remains the same.

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One Response to “Traveling without moving”

  1. Constant renewal? Like your new skin every 7 years, yet it’s still the same skin? You keep sending me to the dictionary. But that’s a good thing.

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