It's been just over 2 weeks since I have moved to Berkhamsted and I am already settling in. It is fair to say that I did experience a bit of culture shock after leaving Korea...my first trip to the grocery store was more exciting then I can remember (a vegetarian's paradise). I am no longer the tallest person when I walk down the street, nor is the fact that I speak English a reason for strangers to break out with laughter. There are no fish vendors or melon trucks driving past with their loud speakers blasting at 7 in the morning nor is there any piles of rotting garbage outside my window.
In fact, there are deep, clear, blue skies (that seem to almost swallow you up), rolling English meadows dotted with white sheep, and friendly (smiling) faces everywhere I look. I can run along the canal without choking from the pollution. I can shop for clothes that actually fit and I can understand what everyone is saying to me...well almost. It feels like a completely different world. Everything seems familiar (even though it isn't).
Jon and I are enjoying the fact that we no longer have to think about the time difference and instead are loving the fact that we get to see each other every day.
We have been busy meeting with my friends, his friends and family, and he has been showing me around the countryside.
There will be a lot of new things to come in the future. I am still looking for a job and we will be busy visitng friends, attending weddings and planning our trip to Canada over the next month.
In the meantime, here are a few photos for you to enjoy of our first few weeks together.
This is a view of our street on a typical cloudy English day.
This is the canal that is in front of our house. The pathway runs from Hemel Hempstead to London...which is good if I ever feel like running 40 miles.