On June 9, 2012, after nearly 6 years of living and 3 years of travel writing in South Korea, I’ll be moving to Beijing, China to start a new chapter in my life.
Even though I’ll be in China, I plan to continue to develop my Korean language skills so that I can pass level 6, the highest level of the Test of Proficiency In Korean (TOPIK). I currently only hold a level 4 certificate and it’s a life dream of mine to become bilingual so I am determined to push forward. With the Korean language becoming increasingly popular worldwide, I’m sure I’ll have no problems finding a language program in a big city like Beijing. There’s a huge population of Koreans living in Beijing as well so I’m sure I’ll be able to make Korean friends to speak with while I’m there.
Whether or not my life path takes me back to South Korea, I don’t know, but I do know that I’ll always stay connected to the Korean community. It would simply be impossible for me to just walk away from South Korea without any attachments. This travel journal which I’ve built, and the Korean language skills that I’ve developed over the years have in some ways deeply tied me to Korea, its people, and culture.
At this point in time, the only new posts that I can imagine writing on Tigers & Magpies are going to come from my future trips to North Korea with Young Pioneer Tours. However, I will keep updating the Tigers & Magpies Facebook Page with interesting things I find online about the two Koreas. So for the most part, this travel journal will be a kind of reference for visitors to use for generating inspiration and ideas in planning their own adventures on the peninsula.