I’m at the very end of my exchange now, and I’ve been having a very eventful couple of weeks. Firstly, a couple friends and I got to go see a couple of FIVB qualifier professional volleyball games. We got to see Finland vs. Slovenia(w) and Czech Republic vs. South Korea(w). It was really awesome to see how South Koreans cheer on their team and it was especially exciting that they actually won the match. It was a ton of fun and we were among very few foreigners who went to the matches.
The following day I went with my friend 진서 (Jinseo) to a city south of Seoul called 전주Jeonju. This city is famous for its food and historical monuments, but most people go just to eat. Jeonju is the birthplace of 비빔밥(bibimbap), one of the most famous (and basic) Korean dishes, and ironically is one of the things we did not eat on our excursion. We did, however, munch on mandu (dumplings), kalguksu (noodle soup), fancy popsicles, coffees, choco pies and even more mandu. We also walked around the tourist areas and saw the sights. Overall, it was a wonderful day.
A couple of days after this, m y dad and brother came to Seoul for a visit. They had only two full days and two partial days to see the city, so we had to really pack it in. The first day after arriving I took them to the river and we just enjoyed the beautiful day, not really doing anything because they had just been traveling some 30+ hours. On the second day, I took them to Dongdaemun Design Plaza, my university (Dongguk), Namsangol Hanok Village, Myeongdong shopping street, an artsy area near my university. We also stopped in a famous bakery and got some Korean pastries and coffee. The following day we traversed Seoullo walkway above Seoul Station to take a bus up to N Seoul Tower, had some traditional Korean dishes for lunch, then went to the Palace Museum and Gyeongbokgung Palace. The following day while I took a final exam they explored Namdaemun market, and then we hopped on a plane to Okinawa, which is a story for another blog!
I have about 5 days left in Korea, and as much as I am ready to go home, I’m dreading it terribly. I am going to miss my life here so, so much, but I can’t think about that now; I have to focus on finals!
Until next time!