I’m currently sitting outside in the balmy summer heat on one of the clearest days I’ve spent in South Korea. There are stars out, a slight breeze and it gives me nostalgia for similar nights I shared in Croatia. No matter where in the world I end up there’s always some kind of peace – a feeling of being home. This for me is usually it. Glass of wine in hand and I would have hit the trifecta.
Wearing: Brandy Melville Tee (similar here), Vintage Levis and Yellow Aviators
I learnt early in life that home doesn’t necessarily mean one place. My parents just sold my childhood home of 23 years and while I’ll always miss it, it’s the memories that make the place special. The people you share these moments with especially so. You can make unforgettable memories anywhere if you let yourself. While the circumstances I find myself in here are completely different to anything I’ve ever experienced I feel comfortable.
I haven’t explained how I ended up here on the island of Geoje in South Korea and so here it goes. In March I moved to Sydney for a job that just didn’t end up working out, so I was quickly thrown into limbo. I was already set up in a house I really enjoyed with good friends. It was this weird period where I had to decide if this was where I wanted to be and for how long. Not (by the way) something that comes easily to me. It seems like I crave stability yet I find myself running away from it whenever I get the chance. It was a choice of whether I look for a new job, or a new city.
Then, low and behold, I got an email from a Norwegian family friend asking for me to come visit/help her out in South Korea. Within two weeks I was moved out of my Sydney home and on a flight to Korea. Now, here we are one month on and I regret nothing.
Tonight got me thinking about how fortunate I am to make myself at home all over the world. Months here, weeks there. Unfortunately I manage to lose a lot of things in the process. My friend Caitlin took these photos at the start of the year and I only just found them on my old memory card so I’m happy to finally be able to share them. Love the vibes – it makes me crave summertime in New Zealand.