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New Vocabulary – Homesick

One of the new vocabulary words for my students this week was homesick.  It was easy to explain since I could use myself as an example.  Now let me clarify before I continue.  Yes I am homesick, but not that much.  I also hear from others back home that they would be terribly homesick if they were in my shoes.  I think a lot of people over estimate how home sick they might be.  Sure I miss my family and friends, but the opportunity I have here overshadows everything else.  So I thought I would make a quick post about what I miss from home, and what makes up for it here in South Korea.

The main thing I miss from home is my friends and family.  I think the hardest thing so far has been missing out on the birth of my niece.  She was born my first day of work here in Daegu, so I have only seen pictures.  I miss the good food from back home like the BBQ from Texas, the good seafood from Florida, and of course Mexican food.

On the other hand, there are a lot of things I don’t miss.  I don’t miss having to drive everywhere.  I love how I am a five minute walk from more than a dozen restaurants, work, and shops galore.  If I want to go somewhere else in town it is just a short taxi or bus ride away.  The public transportation here is great, and I am not even on the subway line.  I don’t miss television much.  I do miss having sporting events on at a decent hour, but for the most part I can watch everything here.  I can find most any TV show online to watch, and most sporting events are available online too.  The only problem with the sports is the time it comes on here.  For instance, I plan on watching the Cowboys/Viqueens game this weekend.  It is a noon start on Sunday back home, which makes it a 3am Monday start here.

Even though I miss some of the foods from back home, I have been introduced to so many new delicious foods that I never would have had back home.  Plus the food I eat here is so much more healthy than what I ate back home.  The diet here includes a lot more vegetables, chicken, and pork.  Back home my diet consisted of a lot of fried foods and beef.  Don’t get me wrong.  You can find a lot of fried foods here but for the most part I don’t eat them.  As for beef, you can find it but it is nothing like what I get back home so I don’t really want it here.  If you want good beef here, it will cost you.  So it is more of a luxury than anything.

I tend to stay busy here as well.   There is so much here to see and do, and so far I have only scratched the surface.  I am excited about some of the things I have yet to see.  Being introduced to another country and culture really has been a great experience.  Having the chance to see a small glimpse into Asian culture has opened my eyes to a lof of new things.  The great thing is it is only just beginning.

So overall the positives of being here far outweigh the negatives.  Sure I am homesick, but not to the point I need to go home anytime soon.  Technology has really narrowed the distance gap.  Email, my blog, and Skype have helped keep me in touch with friends and family since I have been gone.  It really helps being able to see people from back home when I am talking to them on Skype.

I am really excited about what the rest of this year and beyond have in store for me.  I feel comfortable here, at least as comfortable as one can feel after two months.  Plus I have some things to look forward to when I return home.  I have a new niece to meet, and my best friends in Texas have a new baby as well that I only got to see briefly before leaving.

I’d love to know how you deal with being homesick.  Drop me a line in the comments and let me know.

‘Till next time,


About Eric Bynum
I taught ESL for three years in South Korea and now I am looking to set out on a new journey after just finishing my teaching certification in the US. I hope to continue teaching and traveling and you can follow his journeys here.

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5 Responses to “New Vocabulary – Homesick”

  1. Candice says:

    You’ve already been there for two months?! Wow. I’m always the same way when I’m abroad though…there’s just some small things you can’t replace!

  2. esbynum says:

    Time has really flown by. There are small things that you can’t replace, but I am glad in my experience so far that the new things have outweighed those.

  3. Shannon Waters says:

    When I lived overseas I had my mom and sister with me, so that was a little different… By the end of it, though, I was so torn because there were things about both countries that I really loved. When I lived in Mexico for 6 weeks I was SOOO homesick for just the first few days. Once I got into the swing of things I really loved the experience I was getting. I can only imagine how much cooler it would have been if I could have talked on the phone or by Skype whenever I wanted.

    I’m jealous that you are doing this. I think a lot of people wish they had done something cool like this before “settling down”. 🙂

  4. admin says:

    Hey Shannon. Always good to hear from you. The technology really does make it easier. I think I got lucky with my situation as well. I am at a school that treats me well, and I work with a lot of great people from all over the world. Plus I have been married and “settled down”. Right now I want to experience new things. So far its been an amazing experience. I can’t believe its almost been 3 months. It has really gone by quick.

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