Bursting With Hometown Pride

We are back from vacation! What a fantastic trip, but it’s good to be back. We will give an update on Vietnam soon, but first, we have a more pressing issue to write about. Basically, we are bursting with hometown pride and want to shout it from the rooftops:

The Seattle Seahawks are the Super Bowl champions!!!

The Super Bowl aired on Monday morning for us, just as we were arriving to work. Luckily, we didn’t have any classes. So I logged on to my work computer, popped on my headphones and streamed the game online. Kenny was able to stream the game on the big screen in his classroom, accompanied by a loudspeaker system. If you know anything about Kenny, you know how enthusiastic he can be, mainly about sports. Upon our win, he was hooting and hollering so much that other teachers came by to see what the commotion was. He ended up running around the room, hugging them all. I can’t stop laughing when I think about this, and if you know him, I’m sure we are in similar company.

Since we weren’t able to fill up a plate of Super Bowl grub and pop open a cold beer, we were Facebooking and texting our family and friends back home, doing all that we could to connect with our hometown during this monumental moment. The game was incredible, but even more exciting was the Seattle energy. The pride. We really wish we could experience the magic that is happening there right now.

Kenny has lived away from this great city many times before and he has always said, “When you go away, you appreciate Seattle even more.” He was telling me this right before we moved and I didn’t quite get it yet. I have lived in the Seattle area for most of my life, and I was itching to leave and see the world. And here we are now. I love that we’re here. The experiences we are having, the people we’re meeting. It’s all making life more precious.

But the truth of the matter is, as much as I love it here in Korea, being away makes my love for Seattle grow stronger. The people, the funky restaurants/cafes/bars, access to the beautiful nature of the Pacific Northwest… it all contributes to that unwavering pride all of us Seattleites take with us, wherever we go in this world.

Seattle, you rock. It will be nice when we get to see your big, bad, beautiful self again!

For those of you who have been away from your hometown for some time, does your love for it grow stronger? Or do you have a different experience?

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