Winter of 2014 in Washington was brutal. Never in my life have I seen so much snow in one season. Cold is never a type of weather someone can get used to, even more when you’re a newbie in town.
Anyways, the cold winter has passed and so has spring. Right now it’s somewhere in that period where it’s neither spring nor summer. Anyways, what I wanted to say is that it’s been already that long since I’ve came to DC – four months!
Many things have changed in those four months. Mostly me getting used to stuff, but in a good way I guess.
1. Finding my way around DC. I clearly remember my first night at DC. After getting out of the airport, I took the shuttle to get home. It was dark; I had no idea where I was (specifically), so the whole ride home, I constantly checked Google Map on my phone to see where I was going (no offense to the driver). In four months, I’ve pretty much mastered the whereabouts of the DC area. Me coming from a big city also helped a lot adjusting to another big city. I would still check Google Map every now and then, but I know I won’t get lost or not know which part of town I’m in.
2. Auto flushing toilets. Yes, I’m actually talking about toilets in my blog post. So, when I first came to DC, the auto flushing toilets were SO annoying. I mean, they would instantly flush even with the slightest movement. I was actually thinking about writing a whole blog about how annoyed I was about them. But glad that I didn’t because I now have a totally opposite perspective. For many reasons, mostly again for sanitary, I find it much more useful! It’s funny how people can easily change their minds – but I guess all you need is to get used to the stuff you’re not accustomed to.
3. Working hours. InterAction has a pretty flexible working hour. As long as you get your work done, and attend mandatory meetings, it doesn’t really matter what time you start or end. But coming from a country where working hours are crazy, VERY fixed, and have people breathing down your neck to check whether you’re at your seat or not, it felt weird that no one was there to check. Of course I do have a set time period where I promise myself to be at work, but I love that I can be a little flexible in the morning depending on my condition or sometimes traffic situations. Now the problem is… it’s going to be ten times harder to adjust to the Korean system once I go back home. But I’m going to worry about that later since I have more than 8 months to go back and perhaps more till I actually start working.
You can say it’s only been four months, and you can say it’s already been four months. Either way, it’s been an amazing four months. I can’t be happier than I am now, being here, doing the work that I do, being with the people that I’m with. Hope the next 8 months (or more) will be as exciting as the past four months.