In Between Days

This is my fourth October in Seoul, and as always, it has so far been a fine month indeed. Autumn is by far the best season to be in Korea, and after this year’s brutal, never-ending winter, a non-existent spring and reportedly oppressive summer, it is a relief to ease into a season that is not trying to break any meteorological records.

But for me, this October is radically different as it is my last October in Korea. I’d like to tell you where we’ll be heading next, you and me, but I’m afraid I don’t have that information just yet. While this October should be about grabbing every last opportunity to see, do and eat, I am instead playing a serious game of Wait and See while packing for a mystery destination. I am stuck somewhere in between — between jobs, between countries, between two vastly different options and several thousand question marks. And it’s hard to prepare to leave a place when you’re not exactly sure where you’re going. I can tell you this much: it’s either going to be a whole lot of ocean or a whole lot of mountains.

The remarkable thing is that I am completely ok with it. I mean, yes, all this waiting is mildly nerve-wracking, but there’s no sense in pulling out all my hair or taking it out on my fingernails. A bald, fingernailess Stephanie is not going to speed up time, nor is it in anyone’s best interest. So I run a lot, I make too many banana smoothies, I read, I organize, I clean, I give things away, and I tie up loose strings knowing that in a month or so, the view out my window will be completely different. Basically, I’m doing a lot of this:

You may now brace yourselves for the onslaught of countdowns, 4-year retrospectives, and sappy, sentimental nostalgia. Because that is how I roll. Are you ready?

17 Responses to “In Between Days”

  1. claire says:

    bring it on, lady.

  2. BF says:

    let’s do this.

  3. jodi says:

    totally ready.

  4. Stephanie says:

    Let’s do this thing, people!

  5. Megan says:

    In your down time, might we see a brief revival of 10 Things?

    • Stephanie says:

      Oh, do not mistake this waiting period as “downtime.” I have a list of to do’s as long as the Great Wall of China. Some day? Will that do?

  6. Astrid says:

    I wish I could be as calm as you if I were in your situation. Respect!
    Also; this is exciting!

    • Stephanie says:

      Well, I have certainly had my days of not being calm at all. But this has been a grand lesson in patience!

  7. Carolyn says:

    Ackkkkkk!! So much unknowing!!!!!
    But. Dude. Both images in this post are fantastic.

  8. charlotte says:

    yes! let’s do this, and soon!

  9. Oh the not knowing! It’s so hard. I’ve been in that place recently and it’s a tough one. Bring on the nostalgia.

  10. Ellen says:

    Just wanted to briefly delurk, you hooked me in that I lived in Korea ever so briefly and your photos remind me of how it felt there. Some sentimental nostalgia is aok by me. (and I’ll look forward to seeing how you view the next place you land, good luck!).

  11. hiki says:

    hi stephanie!
    i did notice that you missed tokyo this summer and i missed you, but i probably like it was in soul summer in tokyo this year was awful so maybe you were lucky not to have to experience that. autumn here is beautiful also, hope you get to see it. i would love to have another fun photo walk and chatting over tea/beer with you again!


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