Today is my birthday.
My 30th birthday.
I said the number.
I checked my hair in the mirror. Couln't find (too many) grey hairs.
Also checked the amount of wrinkles. Can live with it.
Maarten has to work late today.
So we are postponing my birthday celebration til later this week.
Decided to go for a stroll in the nice early spring sun.
Ended up in Kyobo where I looked through the whole arts and crafts section.
Walked back in deep thoughts.
When you turn 30 it's definitely time to do some deep thinking.
Well, not too deep, that's never good but still quite deep.
I thought of myself as a kid, a student, a traveler, a ...
Wondering how I ended up in Seoul, South Korea.
And also thinking about what exactly I want to do here.
On the spot I decided to 'just let it go' and 'have faith'.
I would meet more people.
Maybe make new friends.
I would find some nice things to do.
One whole minute later a woman starts talking to me.
I was plugged into my ipod (That's how everyone walks around here, and hey, it's all about settling in of course!) and did not hear her immediately.
Her question was if I were a English teacher. No I am not.
But your English is very good, she said.
She was looking for someone to teach English to her children.
As we talked some more, I found out she lives in our compound as well.
So we exchanged phone numbers. She wants to converse in English. I want someone who can teach me Korean.
Be careful what you wish for.
It can instantly be given to you!
And on top of that the lady said: you look so young, can I ask you your age?
Oh I like that new friend! Especially today!
Same as the story with the exercise bike.
Had been looking for a second hand exercise bike.
Or rather, I was looking for a new one but found out that they are way to expensive here.
Went through Craigslist, found second hand treadmills, and second hand exercise bikes, but still overpriced.
Oh well Joke thought, it would be nice to have a second hand exercise bike.
Next day checked Craigslist again and found: exercise bike - free - first one who sets a date to pick it up, can have it. Yihaaaaaa, turned out I was the first. So Sunday we went to pick up the exercise bike.
And guess what, I have been sitting on it already!
So yes, be very careful what you wish for. And what your thoughts are ...
Well, 30 doesn't seem too bad actually.
After living in Belgium, the US and India, I am living in Seoul, experiencing a new culture.
Sure of meeting new people, making new friends, finding nice things to do.
Together with a great guy. Who loves me for who I am.
Who doesn't try to change me.
Who surprises me and make me laugh.
Who challenges me and make me think positive thoughts.
Who will be my husband sometime in 2011.
And this is 'only' at the first day of being 30!
So much more to come! I think being 30 is great :)
And now I am going to turn the volume of the ipod up and start to prepare a delicious gluten free pizza!
Thanks for the many birthday wishes!