The hot topic that EVERYONE wants to know about

by Sharon -- April 8, 2010

If this were a gossip blog, we would have no readers. The most commonly asked question regarding our trip is “are they getting sick of each other yet?”  This may have been a tough question to answer if we were a dramatic couple, but for gossip’s sake we are not. Therefore I am going to simplify our answer for those of you who scan our post; No, we are not sick of each other.  In fact, the reality is just the opposite.

Before we embarked on this trip, one of Jason’s cousins made a comment that I think epitomizes our situation.  In an oh-so-eloquent manner, he said “At the end of the year, if you don’t want to kill each other on the plane home, she’s the one for you.”  That, of course, stems from the fact that Jason and I are going to be together roughly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for an entire year.

In the beginning, as we backpacked through China and Southeast Asia, we had our moments of bickering.  We’re not perfect, and we’re human- every couple has their moments!  These moments always occurred as a result of one or more of the following: hunger, fatigue, hot weather (usually when we were wearing our backpacks in the heat), and/or getting lost.  For this reason, I believe that our arguments were simply products of our poor physical condition at that time, not because we don’t get along.  About 95% of the time (even closer to 100% of the time now that we aren’t hopping from city to city anymore), we are wonderfully happy.

Although these moments of “bickering” are definitely frustrating, they are very rare. Because of their scarcity, both Jason and I are now even more confident in our relationship than we ever were before. (Please see disgusting picture of us to the right… with giant teddy bears.) Whereas before the trip, Jason wasn’t 100% sure about our ultimate future as a couple, now he believes he is more than 100% confident that we are going to be happy together for the rest of our lives!  I knew this all along, but if you know Jason, you know he’s much more of a practical person than I am, and he needed solid evidentiary support handed to him on a spoon, or preferably a double-spaced 20-page document.  What is more solid evidence than being together 24 hours a day 7 days a week in a different foreign country every few weeks and still being excited to spend time together?

Random Thought of the Day:  Being a Korean-American in Korea is nothing like what I expected.  In an earlier post, I had mentioned that we were told that I would not be treated nicely due to the fact that I was with a foreigner and that I didn’t speak Korean.  I am so happy to announce that this is the opposite of our reality!  Both Jason and I have been treated with nothing but kindness from other Koreans.  Granted, Jason believes that many of the locals don’t really think I’m Korean, especially when I’m with him, but even when they do assume I speak Korean, they are still gracious when they find out that I don’t.  They’ll try very hard to communicate with me in their broken English or they’ll try to use more gestures to get their point across.  Korea: so far, so good.

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4 Responses to “The hot topic that EVERYONE wants to know about”

  1. Awwwww wonderful!!!! I was honestly about to throw a HUGE fit while reading this if this was going to be the way you tell me that something else had happened, i would have gotten over it though :) Im so so so SO happy for you guys!! and yes… that picture is digusting :D Love you both! and as my mom would say “love each other, take care of each other, and be good to each other”…. she says that to cole and I everytime we come to visit :)

  2. Glad to hear it. I have enjoyed reading your posts and following your travels. And congratulations on finding out you actually like each other. :)

  3. Holly, your comment made me laugh- don’t be silly! I will never forget who I’m going to contact first if “something” ever happens. If you found out on my blog, if I were you I would throw a fit as well.

    Ryan- Thanks for the comment and the congratulations regarding our… revelation. I feel like a celebratory party is in order :)

  4. hahahh oh my god I just laughed sooo hard Shar when you said Jason needs solid evidence but preferably on a 20 page document. That is hilarious!!! He takes after my dad more than I ever thought. Glad to hear you’re both doing so well and so happy :) Mazel tov!!!

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