I went to Incheon with my exchange student’s family. I stayed overnight at their apartment and they were so kind and warmhearted. The mother, father, and grandmother live there. I was very sick, so they were really concerned and helped me a lot.
The morning before they brought me to Hanyang, I woke up to this beautiful Korean breakfast, homemade. It was so lovely! I only wish I wasn’t sick otherwise I would have enjoyed it more. I was only able to eat the ddeokguk(떡국) rice cake soup. I ate some rice and some egg as well. It was hard to eat a breakfast when I had no appetite. I appreciated the gesture, and apologized in Korean, and politely thanked them and explained I was sick to them. They understood and they felt worried.
Here is my Korean rental 핸드폰(Handphone/ Cell phone) I rented in ICN Airport. The price was reasonable, however i hope I did not do too much damage by calling my mom in the US a few times during my sickness. I bought a simple phone since I use my smart phone with WiFi. This Korean phone is so cute! It lights up and does all sorts of neat things.
Here is the room I stayed in. My exchange student’s brother’s room.
할머니 and 아빠. Korean grandmother and Korean father. They treat me like their own and are so kind to me.
Green light – ready, set, go to Seoul!
The traffic going into Seoul from Incheon was ridiculous. I would hate to be driving myself. It was constantly bumper to bumper. I guess it is kind of like New York City.
I took many pictures in the car, but perhaps I should skip to some pictures at Hanyang.
I think I have more pictures on my phone and tablet, as I would always grab a picture with what ever was in my hand at the moment.
Here is my dorm room! I live in Roseville dorm, which is off-campus, a short walk down hill from main campus. (Means uphill for classes!) It is right in the heart of a little community with lots of shops. It is like a small city within the big city of Seoul.
I can’t rotate the photo here, but this is the door locking system from the inside. I always forget to take a picture from outside. It is a very smart keypad system. No key or room ID card required. Just a four-digit passcode. The door locks automatically upon closing, and to open and leave or let someone in, you just press the unlock button. I think it’s neat. There is also a passcode to enter our dorm building.
This is the view of my dorm when you first walk in. Well, after you remove your shoes at the door first, of course! It is small, but has lots of space in shelves by the desks. Also one armoir with drawers which my roommate and I split up. We have two bunk beds, which I really hate.
“Where is the shower?” “You’re looking at it.” Yes, the bathroom is the shower, and everything does get wet. There is a drain and everything, and I wear flipflops when entering the bathroom so my feet don’t get wet. Not pictured and to the left is a shower head, but a hand-held one. Showering is definitely different here.
Uhhh, why doesn’t Ithaca come equipped with all of this? I was surprised to find a washing machine, refrigerator (not pictured), cabinets, microwave, and stove top. Impressive, Korea!
The window is dirty, but here is the view outside of my window. There is a police station there, and also many shops, convenience stores, and restaurants.
Can’t wait to explore some more! I have more pictures to come of my day in Gangnam today. (Oppan Gangnam Style ~ 오빤 강남스타일!)