Busan - a little story on the wallsTuesday, November 13, 2012
One may gain many experiences in various places in life, but I think it is very important to have that one place to which one can return, where one is certain to receive a welcome and be able to rest, either to settle down or to set off again.
Since I left my parents' place after high school, I have lived in different home every year, out of my choice. Now when I go back to visit my old folks, once or twice a year, my room is no longer really mine, and the town is no longer the one in which I grew up, either. Especially after the Canterbury earthquakes that changed Christchurch for ever. However, even if Christchurch is no longer the same, it is still my home town, where I have spent my childhood.
As to where I feel the most connection in the world... If not Christchurch, again, then it will be Auckland, because every time I come back to the super city, I discover more and more things about it that I like. As I have evolved, Auckland has evolved with me. The city has definitely grown on me, though I still would not say I am a JAFA, even after having called it my home for the past six years.
I have no idea where I will settle down after gaining another experience and another colour, here in Korea. Probably back to New Zealand, but maybe to a third city, who knows? For how long? We will see. The only thing I am sure of, is that the big old white bear is my Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud, my home.