제 머리가 아파요

Translation: I have a headache.

Winter vacation starts tomorrow. I’m headed off to Japan for nearly a week of wandering around, with no real plans besides “look at cool stuff.” This is essentially how all my vacations start – a plane ticket to somewhere I’ve never been, and don’t really want to go, besides some general idea of “I haven’t seen that. Let’s go there!”

bookandbed-hostel

I had one mission for this trip: see (or stay at) the Book and Bed Hostel. That’s right, I’m going to (another) foreign nation to see a book store full of (more) books that I (still) can’t understand. And I’m paying to do it!

Despite my English and Math SAT scores being nearly identical, I’m really doubling down on this whole “I’m an English major” thing.

Just like every trip I’ve ever taken, not only have I done minimal planning setting it up, but I’ve also restrained from doing any actual packing either. I’m literally 23 hours away from leaving, and I’ve yet to pull my luggage out of storage. I’ll most likely be waking up at 4AM tomorrow just to throw random clothes into a bag. I’ll be gone 8 days, I need 16 pairs of socks! 

This would be scary if it wasn’t so predictable.

Pretty much the only precaution I’ve taken this year is storing my flight itinerary somewhere I can find it. No joke – last year when I went to LA I arrived at the airport with a bag and a vague recollection that I had a ticket. No clue who the airlines was, or anything like that. I’m hoping to avoid that this year.

Also adding to this stress-induced headache is the little fact that I became a real adult this year. I officially hired an accountant!

Not that I make enough money to need an accountant, but mainly so I can be sure someone is navigating Korea’s tax system on my behalf. I paid the man last night though, so essentially this factor has been laid to rest.

Next year I’m just going to follow my 한극어 선상님의 advice and book a Korean sightseeing (한국 구경하고 있다)  tour aboard a train. Just veg out in front of a window for a week; watching the (snow covered) Korean countryside pass me by.

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