This morning I found a video called "The Expat Life" in Seoul, South Korea on the internet. It's a professional video with future episodes to come following the lives of some expatriates in Seoul. It highlights the lives of the characters, their reasons for visiting Korea and staying, and some of their thoughts about the future as they determine whether or not to make Seoul home for awhile longer.
I expected only a brief five minute video, but soon discovered that it was a full 20 minute plus video about expat life. It gave me all of the warm fuzzy feelings of the memories of living in Korea. [ I did not live in Seoul.]
After living in Korea, I find myself able to identify with the people in the video. As soon as I returned to America, I had a desire and longing to return to the motherland. Many people I know changed the course of their lives after visiting Korea. In fact, a three week trip led me back to Korea the very next year to teach English and learn about my Korean heritage as a Korean American adoptee. Some friends have been in Korea for several years. Some only a few months with plans to say several more. Others returned to their states to major in Korean studies or language and fulfill newfound dreams abroad. Whatever your purpose and goal for going abroad, it will change you.