I started this blog almost two years ago and I look back at all the hardships and hurdles I’ve had to cross and think “Well, if only I knew then what I know now.” God only knows how much I struggled through the first month of living here despite having some amazing co-workers and even more amazing friends. That struggle is still going on as I continue on into my year here in Korea.
I named this blog after the first book I ever bought. I had been ten at the time and had found $5 on the street. The book was called ‘The Rivan Codex’. It was a small handbook that accompanied the series’ ‘The Belgariad’ and ‘The Malloreon’ by David Eddings. It provided answers to questions that people had about the world that David Eddings had created and gave readers an interesting insight into the mind of the author. Not only did it provide information, but gave background stories as well as thoughts and opinions. I want this blog to be similar to that book in the sense that it will provide information on how to live in Korea, but also allow me to share who I am with the world.
Who am I? I’m really just a regular girl in a place that isn’t quite like home, but is similar in more ways than one. I’m originally from Hawaii, a place with many asian influences and as such I didn’t suffer from cultural shock like most people do. But there are definitely a lot of differences in how people feel and think compared to back home and I sometimes feel lonely. Hopefully this blog will help you adjust better and understand that living in Korea–or even just visiting it–doesn’t have to be a challenge.