Several folks have asked us why we have chosen to go to South Korea – also known as the Land of the Morning Calm – for our sabbatical.
One of the reasons why we have decided to spend two months in South Korea is because Korea boasts some of the world’s most incredible beaches: beautiful, intimate and not overcrowded, free of consumerism, and exclusive and private. Check out these amazing pictures and don’t be envious.
Okay, here are the other reasons:
- Minhee and I were born in Korea. I immigrated to San Francisco at age 6. Minhee immigrated at age 26 after we married in Korea in 1997. My parents were both born in what is now known as North Korea and they have stories that are unbelievable as they fled the emergence of the Communist regime in the North. We are “returning” home.
- We want our children to experience the language, culture, and life of Korea. As Korean-Americans, they have the privilege of living with the beauty of two cultures.
- Minhee’s mother who is in her 70s still live in Korea and this will be wonderful for Minhee to spend some quality time with her mother.
- We wanted to travel to a place where we didn’t have to pay rent or pay for hotels. By subletting our home, we should be able to cover our airplane expenses which were VERY expensive due to the rising cost of gas.
- We’re hoping for some “divine” connections with people who will resonate and support our vision to fight global poverty.
- Food. Korean food. All the time. Like everytime. Everywhere.
Of the places you’ve traveled to [locally or globally], what’s your favorite destination[s].