Life is good. I adjusted to Korea nicely and the transition wasn’t too bad. Seoul is actually quite foreigner-friendly. I have had the time of my life here. Honestly. I am so grateful for this opportunity and experience. I have been in Korea for three weeks now. I’ve learned a lot. I’m sure I’ve matured even more. I’ve opened my eyes to new lifestyles and a new culture. I’ve learned more of the language solely by being here. I’ve made the most incredible friends from around the world, including America, Korea, China, Vietnam, Netherlands, Malaysia, Japan, England, and more. We make the most out of every day and every night.
I’ve seen a lot already. I’ve explored many of what Seoul has to offer, though five weeks is not nearly enough. I’ve visited Gangnam, Hongdae, Itaewon, Insadong, and Sinchon. I cannot believe I haven’t yet been to Dongdaemun or Myeongdong yet, however. I’ve loved living in the Wangsimni area. My dorm is off -campus so I am right in town. Within a five minute walk, I have enjoyed ice cream shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and Noraebang. I am about five minutes away from a large subway station (왕십리역) and it is like a huge mall. A complex. Inside there is a large EMart, Cafes, a food court, restaurants, bubble tea, hair salon, movie theater, etc etc. In there you can take many lines out of the Wangsimni area via subway. There’s also a large “fashion square” mall inside. It is incredible. In the same building as my dorm, around the front on the bottom floor is a GS25 convenience store. How…..convenient. I walk about ten minutes (UP HILL) to classes each morning in the business school at Hanyang.
I can go on and on, but I love it here. I cannot believe I will leave in two weeks, leaving Seoul a week from today. This is CRAZY. I don’t want to leave! I don’t want to. I need more time in this beautiful country and wonderful city. I’ve had the time of my life. I love the city life. But I hate NYC because unlike Seoul, it is dirty and unsafe, ridden with crime. Seoul is quite the opposite.
I will miss so much. Even little things like speaking Korean, reading Korean signs and menus, Korean food everyday and cheap, legally drinking (lol), and the subway to name a few.
Hopefully I’ll post again later!
Tomorrow we go to the Boryeong Mud Festival for two days. Tuesday is my birthday. I have exams, graduation, and then it is off to Incheon. Then, off to Changwon. Then…