Still There?

Yes!!  I still live in Songdo and still work for Chadwick International.  What’s with the year hiatus, you ask?  Actually, I’m not sure.  We were just so busy.  I won’t lie–working for CI is incredibly demanding.  At times it was not always rewarding, and so I didn’t feel like writing much.  But it’s a new school year, I’ve moved to high school, and so I’m feeling a bit more like writing these days.  So there you have it.

What happens in a year in a rapidly-filling brand new city raised from the mud?

–They began and are close to finishing building the Lotte Mart half of the Lotte Mall complex 2 blocks from our house.

–The new Green Climate Fund (GCF) secretariat to the UN chose Songdo as it’s homebase, promising an influx of 500 families of multinational background.  But in the wake of all that silly media circus about North Korea last spring, their arrival is delayed.  Songdo is still as Korean as the next city and remains “International” in name only.

–A bar owned and run by expats finally opened.  Cinder Bar is great.  They open at 5:30, officially making them the only bar anywhere nearby that opens when Westerners actually want to drink.

–As the city fills, but people still drive erratically, the number of bike wrecks is on the rise.  We constantly beg the kids to wear their helmets.  But they still won’t.  This is a constant source of anxiety for me.

–I’m coaching cross country and we actually have a real season this year, complete with multiple scored meets.  This has been awesome, yet exhausting.  Totally worth it, though.  The kids are incredible.

–Many more restaurants and bars are opening–we even got a second Starbucks.  There are also many new stores, but none of these things have me particularly excited.  Except of course for the addition of many Korean cosmetic stores.  I love that stuff.  Guilty secret, but I’m putting it out there now.  So there.  Now you know.  I love makeup shaped like cats and bunnies.  Truth.

–Tim and I bought a summer home in the mountains of Colorado.  I have a picture of it by my desk.  I look at it often.

Just a snippet of things to come.

I’m feeling much more at-home in Korea this year.  The food has really grown on me and I feel like I finally really understand the culture, which helps me let go of a lot of things that upset me about people here before.  I’m feeling quite satisfied with where I am in life at the moment.  Maybe that’s why I feel like writing again.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karen Byerly
    Sep 27, 2013 @ 11:30:13

    YAY! So glad to see you writing again. What a treat! I love you so much baby girl!! mom xoxo


  2. Catherine Scantlin
    Sep 27, 2013 @ 15:17:47

    Love you and your comments – even when you aren’t satisfied with your life 🙂 Keep em’ coming. love you! Wish you were here to camp with us at Pipes wedding tomorrow night sister wife


  3. anitajohorton
    Sep 27, 2013 @ 18:29:17

    Thanks for writing. Glad this year is off to a good start for you. I wrote on your blog a long time ago. At the time I was searching for my first international job. I found it in Istanbul, Turkey at an IB/PYP school. I believe you used to teach in Turkey too. I’m loving it but the culture shock has been more than I ever could have prepared myself for. I’ve been here about 6 weeks and am just now beginning to get into a routine. Keep writing! 🙂


    • erinhenkels
      Sep 28, 2013 @ 02:54:38

      I did live in Turkey, in Ankara. I miss it so! Especially the people. Enjoy Istanbul–what an incredible city. Truly a treasure. MEF has a good reputation too. Congratulations on beginning the journey 🙂


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