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A Korean Aussie adoptee goes back home for the first time. Hilarity ensues?

Monthly Archives: September, 2013

What is it like being a Korean adoptee who has just reunited with their birth family in Korea?

Today marks the beginning of the three-day Chuseok holiday in Korea, otherwise known as Korean Thanksgiving. This is a time where everyone goes back to their hometowns to celebrate with … Continue reading

September 19, 2013 · 4 Comments

Day 8-11: Team Unni takes on Seoul

You all thought the dramatic goodbye at the train station was the conclusion of this insane trip, didn’t you? So did I. I distract myself from my own weird feelings … Continue reading

September 16, 2013 · 3 Comments

Day 7: Umma, Appa and the Third Sister

Note: I have omitted specific details I was told the other day out of respect for my family. I hope you understand. I have an awful night’s sleep the night … Continue reading

September 11, 2013 · 21 Comments

Day 6: A ho-ju on Geoje Island

I’m currently hiding in my hotel room writing this because I need some alone and writing time to process what I just heard. Again, skip down to the note in … Continue reading

September 9, 2013 · 6 Comments

Day 4 and 5: Team Ajumma and Ajeoshi take on Busan

I wake up on the bus to Busan and wonder if everything that happened was a dream. Surely I’d heard the social worker wrong. Maybe my own mind was playing … Continue reading

September 9, 2013 · 2 Comments

Day 2 and 3 – Unnis and Oppas

I’m bashing out this blog post in the BoA Guesthouse internet cafe and my hands won’t stop shaking. I just found out something mind blowing about my family. You might … Continue reading

September 6, 2013 · 7 Comments

Day 1 – Chinese Tourists

I wake up to the sound of construction work and briefly think I’m in Brisbane. Then I hear Korean tradies shouting at each other. The G.O.A.L program doesn’t start until … Continue reading

September 4, 2013 · 1 Comment

Day 0.5 – Kamsahamnida!

After 9 hours on the plane, it’s suddenly 5:09pm Seoul time. According to the flight path screen I checked obsessively over nine hours, the plane is flying at an altitude … Continue reading

September 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

No sleep til Incheon

I’m at the airport waiting for my flight direct to Incheon. I can see the blue Korean Air plane waiting for us. Air hostesses in immaculate aqua uniforms passing by. … Continue reading

September 2, 2013 · Leave a comment