5 Reasons Why I’m Excited To Move To America

download (5)Well, the countdown is on!

We officially only have 7 short weeks left before we pack up everything that we own (including the dog) and move to America. Of course we are quite apprehensive about certain aspects of living in America (healthcare, guns and no legal requirements for employers to treat their employees well, to name a few)

But, overall, we are so excited for this next adventure!

I’ve decided to write a list of things that I’m most excited about:

1. Clothes!

This may sound so superficial but that has been one of the hardest things about living in Korea. Koreans are super tiny so it makes sense that their clothes are too. I had always been an average weight and size back home in Ireland and coming here where the XL won’t even fit was tough to deal with! I have given up buying clothes in Korea and if I do I have to buy clothes that have a free size and I’m not fully comfortable in.

I miss having my own sense of style and dressing for my body type rather than having to wear the only thing that fits. And I miss having options! I can’t wait to be able to be in a store and pick any piece of clothing that I want and knowing that they will probably have my size and if it doesn’t fit…they’ll have a bigger size!

And the bras…I can’t wait to be able to have options when it comes to buying bras and shoes! (Korea doesn’t do shoes in my perfectly average Irish size 6)

2. More food options

I love Korean food…seriously, I could probably eat it every day if I could! But what I do miss is being able to find a recipe online and cook it at home. Yes I can do this but 85% of the time I have to substitute certain ingredients and omit others. I can’t wait for all of the food options in the supermarkets in America!

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I warned Jason that we are going to be eating Greek food A LOT in America!

 

3. An Easier Life With Willy

It’s no secret that I love my dog, he has become a staple on this blog and I try to include him on as many of my Korean adventures as possible. But at the end of the day it can be hard to have a dog here. There is a lot of litter on the streets which means I have to constantly check to make sure he hasn’t picked up something dangerous or disgusting. Most dog owners have very small dogs who are either completely unsocialised and aggressive or their owners are terrified that Willy will eat them so they pick them up and run away when they see him. Unfortunately Willy doesn’t get much chance to socialize with dogs so we are so excited to be able to bring him to dog parks in America and be around dogs of all different breeds. Oh and being able to let Willy off leash, I just can’t wait!IMG_7516

4. CHRISTMAS!

I HATE Christmas in Asia, I’ve had to celebrate it 6 times here and no matter what I do, it feels so depressing. There is no Christmas cheer in Korea (understandable) and people don’t understand how difficult it is to be away from your loved ones during this time. I know that I’ll still be away from my loved ones in America but it’ll be easier, I’ll be surrounded by Christmas cheer and I’ll be able to buy food for a great Christmas dinner. Β I can’t wait to go on Christmas overload and do all of the things that we couldn’t do all of these years! (Jason has promised me that we can do all of the Christmas things this year, no matter how cheesy they are)IMG_20141130_205253

5. Being like everyone else.

I won’t be stared at anymore, I won’t be approached by South Asian men on the bus. I won’t be targeted by older Koreans to shout at. There are some wonderful aspects to being different, such as little kids coming up to say hello to me at least ten times everyday. People understanding when I do the wrong thing at the bank/restaurant/bus etc. and getting free things in restaurants. But after 5 years, I’m ready to blend in and not be the odd one out.

 

Apart from these reasons, I’m so excited to see the beautiful American landscapes, get myself immersed in the beautiful nature that Colorado has to offer and try my hand at lots of new sports.

 

What do you think of this list?

If you are in Korea, is there anything that you would add to this list?

 

19 thoughts on “5 Reasons Why I’m Excited To Move To America

  1. Sadly, your concerns about living here are valid, but it really depends on what area you’re moving to-each region has its pros and cons.
    I can’t wait to read about your adventures once you get here!

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    1. Yeah, we tried to choose our area very carefully. We chose Denver because it seems very liberal and people seem happy there. Hopefully over time America will start giving better benefits to employees. It blows my mind that employees aren’t legally entitled to maternity leave or vacation time!

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  2. Yay, Colorado! I’ve been here for almost a month now and I absolutely love it. Not being stared at anymore was one of the things I was most excited about while leaving Asia. It got old real fast.

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    1. That’s awesome…I still haven’t come across a person not liking Colorado! We are so excited to get there! πŸ™‚
      Yeah, after a while getting stared at is very annoying! I’m excited to leave that behind.

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  3. I TOTALLY see why you are happy to move back to America. Even though I am a Korean native, after having lived in US for over 20 years, I am totally with you on all except for 5 (since I am very Korean looking..haha). Welcome home~ :))

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  4. Not sure if you’re moving to Denver proper or the metro area, but let me know if you want tips on the best neighborhoods. Beware – rent and housing prices are insanely expensive here now. My partner and I have been here 7 years, but just decided to take advantage and cash out. Just sold our condo by Union Station and bought a place in foothills west of Boulder, but I’d totally come down to meet up for a coffee or something when you get here. And yes – the food and the clothing options are dynamite, and everyone in Denver has a dog. Lots of dog friendly shops and patios. Not actually a ton of Greek food in Denver though. Not compared to east coast cities. But Denver is a foodie’s paradise. That’s the other reason we sold – spent too much money going out!

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    1. Thank you so much! I would love your opinion, it’s been hard because we don’t know anyone in Denver!
      Where are you living now? The Boulder area looks beautiful! We are hoping that we won’t eat out so much, but the food looks sooo good!
      I’ve researched so much online but in the end it’s the people living there that know best.

      Unfortunately, I have noticed the expensive rent. When we arrive we want to try to get a cheaper rent because we won’t have jobs and will have no idea how long it will take to get one (unless we are lucky and manage to get one before we arrive).

      We have been thinking of living outside of the city, we would love Golden but it’s way out of our price league right now so we are thinking Lakewood (mainly because of the light rail and you don’t have to drive through the city to get to the mountains), but I know that parts of Lakewood are hit and miss.

      I wouldn’t mind living in the city either and we are actually open to anywhere as long as they have public transport options.

      Okay I feel like I’m rambling now!
      If you have suggestions of where is good and where isn’t that would be amazing! Also, would you recommend trying to find a place now (we are hoping to arrive in to Denver at the very end of Oct), or wait til we arrive there. It would be nice to have it sorted but not seeing it before we agree to it sounds a bit scary.

      Okay I’m sorry, that’s very long! I’d love to connect with you on Facebook (my name is Grainne Elliott on it) or something and meeting up for coffee sounds amazing!

      Thank you!!

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      1. I live in Golden and though it is very difficult to find the affordable places keep looking! They do exist! And living here is wonderful. Super close to the mountains and the light rail station is 10 minutes away. Lakewood definitely has some ups and downs.
        I’d recommend looking for places now. Denver is growing at a rate twice the national average and the leasing market is incredibly tight. There are lots of people looking for not a lot of places. You shouldn’t have to commit to a place this far out but keeping an eye on what you like, don’t like, and what goes quickly would’ve helped me immensely before I moved here.
        Best of luck on your move!

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        1. Thank you!
          When we first read about Golden, both of us just looked at each other and knew that it would be perfect for us. We have seen a couple of cheaper places just outside of Golden so we’ll see. I think we’ll have to find a cheaper apartment in another area for our first year since we’ll have no idea how long it’ll take us to get a job and how much money we’ll be earning. I’m hoping that in our second year we’ll have a much better idea and will be able to afford something a bit more expensive.
          It’s so scary to hear of the growth of Denver, I completely understand why it’s growing so fast but I just hope we won’t have a difficult time finding jobs!

          Thanks for the advice! We’ve been keeping our eye on craigslist and it has been helping us decide what is most and least important for us!

          One last question…would you say that craigslist is the best place to look for a place to rent or are there other websites that you have used?

          Thanks again, I really appreciate your advice!

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  5. Good luck with your upcoming move! We just moved back east from Colorado, and while it turned out not to be the right place for me personally (I realized I’m a New Englander through and through), lots of people love it. My husband did, he only moved back to make me happy πŸ˜‰
    Colorado is an easygoing, live and let live, fairly progressive kind of place. Particularly in the Front Range area. Dogs are everywhere, you won’t have any issues there. It’s very easy to get outside in CO, just watch out for your dog with things like rattlesnakes and other wildlife. No ticks though (they’re a huge problem on the east coast).
    Housing costs have risen dramatically, but I still think they’re comparable to many nice places in the US. The economy seems strong in CO, and demand is driving the prices up. I don’t consider it to be prohibitively expensive like NYC or CA.
    It will be a complete change from what I imagine Korea to be like, and Ireland too. So you’re in for an adventure, which is a good thing πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you! I’m so happy that you’ve moved back to New England! I saw some photos and your family looks very happy to be there. Life would be very boring if we all liked the same things!
      Yeah, we are a little worried about the wildlife, coming from Ireland and Korea where there are no predators in either country, it’s going to take some time to get used to that. We also have to get some rattlesnake training for Willy as I know that he’ll just pounce at anything that moves. No ticks sounds amazing! We have lots of ticks here in Korea too.
      Unfortunately we have noticed the rent prices increase, we are trying to find a cheaper place to rent for our first year as we have no idea how long we’ll be unemployed for or how much money we’ll be earning when we do get jobs. But, it is a little worrying because I do want to make sure that we are in a safer area, we’ve learned that you can’t have it all so we are trying to decide what is most important when it comes to where we live and then just go from there! (wish us luck!)

      I’m definitely excited for the big change, after 5 years of living in Korea, I’m excited to be amazed and surprised by a new country again πŸ™‚

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  6. I moved from Korea to Canada, so I want to give you some tips:

    1) Get a criminal record check in English from the main police station in your city.
    2) Get a drivers record from the same police station.
    3) Get a letter from your Korean auto insurance company of your claims history. They make this letter in English too. If you have had different companies over the years try to get a letter from each.

    My Canadian DMV asked for 1 and 2 for me to get a commercial drivers license. Also some jobs might ask for them.

    My Canadian car insurance gave me a discount based on my letters of #3. In my case it was 5% discount for each year of no accident coverage.

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