I’ve been super lucky this week to be able to come to Jeju Island which is South of Korea. It is technically a “self-governing province” but is considered to be in South Korea. The weather has been a bit “meh” sometimes, but overall it’s been a very nice week. I’ve done a lot and also relaxed a lot, but I’ll try to keep it short. …Give me more!
Well folks, that’s all she wrote…well, not quite. The semester wrapped up today with the last of my three finals which were easy but a pain given how laid back the courses were. Actually, I didn’t really like the courses at all. I am interested in the Korean language but the Korean education system and myself don’t mesh very well. All classes are in 3 hour blocks in order to maximize the number of subjects in a week, as Koreans normally take 23+ credits per semester. …Give me more!
Wow, I can’t believe that there are only 25 days left in my adventure. It feels like just yesterday that I was counting down the days until my departure and saying my goodbyes. I think I’m ready to go home though. It’s not that Korea isn’t a cool place, but I just couldn’t live here for another semester or over the summer; it’s not for me. It’s a weird thought that once I leave at the end of this month, I probably won’t come back in my life, and if I do it would probably be on a business trip and not a vacation. …Give me more!
Organizing a trip across the country on short notice on the busiest weekend of my time here proved to be a challenging task; sadly an impossible task. Luckily for me, however, a group was taking their school funded field trip (gr) to the same destination that I wanted to go to, Boseong Green Tea Plantation. They had 1 spot available and hopped on board for a chance to see what is said to be one of the most beautiful sites in May. …Give me more!
Everyone here likes to go up to Seoul and party, club, and just live it up in the big city. I don’t really want to do that while I’m here though, I’d much rather prefer to go to more traditional places and enjoy the quiet life in the country or visit cities other than Seoul. I saw in my travel book about a place which hosts a bamboo festival every year and I saw that it was on the May 3rd weekend, so I decided to head down to check it out. …Give me more!
This past weekend was beyond awesome. I got to attend a Korean cooking show as a guest judge, tour the palaces with my history class, stay the night in a jimjibang, and visit “little America” to get some craft beer and food. With the time winding down and the weather becoming warmer, it’s been great to get out and explore and see what Korea has to offer. …Give me more!
Korean universities have this interesting tradition called membership training (MT). Basically, the freshman and sophomore students go away for a weekend with upperclassman and sometimes professors. They just have a good time for the weekend and get to know each other and enjoy time away from studying. The international students don’t have any “official” MT because we’re not a major like all of the rest. Instead, we organized our own MT and visited Daecheon Beach. …Give me more!
Wow, it’s Monday night already; I can’t believe how fast this weekend flew by. I really wanted to do something cool this weekend instead of just going to visit a historic site, and I knew that I had to go to Seoul when I saw a post on Facebook about the World Coffee Expo. For those that don’t know, I love coffee and I love tea and seeing the machines and gadgets that help make a perfect cup happen was pretty awesome. …Give me more!
It turns out that I’m really bad at sticking to a consistent blogging schedule, especially while being so busy here. My time over the last week has been fairly uneventful due to a bit of cold and rainy weather. I thought spring was out, but that might take another week or two to actually be true. On the bright side, the cherry blossoms are starting to blossom here which means it shouldn’t be long before spring fully arrives. I’ve been keeping busy with my exchanges, classes, and this new side project that I am working on. …Give me more!