The Worst Bit – Leaving Korea and Saying Goodbye to Friends.

The one thing I didn’t expect when we made the decision to come to Korea back in 2009, was to leave in 2012 having made some of the best friends I’ve ever had. You can’t deny that one of the best things about travelling is the people you meet, but when you live somewhere for two years, you’re bound to find a few bezzies, ‘BFF’s!

We’ve had to say goodbye to good friends before during our time here which has always been horrible, but this time it’s our turn to go. We’ve spent the last three weekends doing some ‘lasts’ and ultimately saying goodbye to our friends. I’ve experienced some of the best and saddest moments of my time in Korea. We went to Seoul last weekend and had to say goodbye to two of our best friends in the metro station. Needless to say I burst into a raucous bout of tears, attracting much interest from surrounding Koreans, who stared as if wondering what Andy had done to me.
The worst was the final goodbye to two of our very best friends here because then it was done. Andy and I sombrely wandered away from their apartment feeling like we’d lost something very important. Although I know we’ll see them, we’ll never be able to see them so freely and regularly ever again.

Despite being so sad about saying goodbye, I must be thankful for the great people I’ve met. I’d much rather have known them and have to let them go, than never have met them at all (super cliché?? So true though!). We wouldn’t have had the great experience we’ve had in Korea, had it not been for the friends we’ve made. You rely on them, it’s the surrogate support network you need while you’re so far away from your family and friends at home. Plus, they’ve provided the fun times we’ll remember forever. We’ve laughed, cried, danced, sung, overindulged, puked, discovered, feasted, rallied, raged and awed together.

We couldn’t have done it without you. We’ll miss you all big time, you know who you are.



Dave, Ruth and Andy at Jisan Valley Rock Festival 2010

Dave, Allyson and Ruth.

The gang on a birthday night out.

Fun with Nay and Joe.

At Docho Island with Jimmy and Rach.

The lads at Iksan Footy Tournament.

With Bryan on Ami Mountain, Sunchang.

Spot of hiking at Geumseongsanseong.


Saying goodbye to Dave and Giro.

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2 Responses to “The Worst Bit – Leaving Korea and Saying Goodbye to Friends.”

  1. Jimmy says:

    Adios my friends. Couldn’t meet two nicer chaps. We’re going to miss you.

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