When thinking about moving to Korea I find myself not only worried about the unknown that lies in the future but also worried/saddened by that which is known that I will be leaving behind.
When I think about all the things I will miss about living in the places that I know (Colorado and California) I find that besides family and friends it is really the small and insignificant things that I will miss greatly.
The thing that sticks in my mind the most as I wait for my day to move to Korea is free refills. From what I have been told Korea does not have fountain drinks which can be filled and refilled endlessly. When you order a Coke you get handed a can and I just wonder how I am going to get through a year without free refills? For those who do not know I drink far to much soda, mostly diet coke, but it is an addiction/weakness that I enjoy and have never really tried to change. I just can't imagine going to a restaurant (fast or sit down) and needing to pay for each drink I want. Equally upsetting is the idea that the sodas I will be buying will be canned and not from the fountain. Think what you want but they do taste different from one another and fountain drinks are significantly better. Some of my favorite times are going to McDonald's or Burger King or wherever getting a drink and sitting down to read or write or just think. I've been in restaurants for numerous hours working on school work or personal things all the while drinking ungodly amounts of diet coke. I had thought about trying to cut down little by little these last couple of months so I would be more prepared when I left but then I just figured I'm already going to have to go a year without the soda I love so why not enjoy it as much as I can before I go. It will be interesting to see what effects/changes occur because of the change. Okay I'll be right back I have to go grab a soda...
(10 minutes later)
Okay I got my fix. It was only a can but hey you got to make do with you have. Moving past the drink I quickly worry about leaving behind the food that I know. I have never been overly adventurous concerning my diet though I have been getting better. With that said I am still not sure I am ready to be thrown into the world of Korean food. My friend Ben has told me many things to expect and tried to steer me towards things I will like. Of course they will have different American food around but one thing I will be losing, according to Ben, is Mexican food. The thought of not having a burrito from Chipotle on a semi-weekly bases is enough to almost make me cry. As the day of departure approaches, just as with soda, I find myself going to Chipotle or other Mexican restaurants as much as I can. I have to get it while I can.
As I look forward I cannot help but pause and look behind at the small and simple things I will be leaving like burritos with free refills.