Since it has been a while that I posted on here, mainly because classes have taken up a lot of my time, I will do a recap of what I have done the past 4 weeks!
While online schoolwork can be quite demanding, I decided to get myself a membership at a gym. It allows me to exercise during the week, find a good balance between school and hobbies, and also to maintain a healthy weight while eating all the Korean food I want! During the weekdays, my day usually consist of working out, attend video classes, and fill in on remaining homework and notes.
During the weekend, however, I like to mix up my schedule and fit as many fun activities as I can. One memorable experience I’ve had was going to lotte world with my friends! ISA covered the cost of the ticket so it was definitely worthwhile. While it was raining that day, we were able to enjoy the indoor portion of the park and it was also my first time seeing fully bloomed cherry blossoms! I am not exaggerating when I am saying that they look incredible, and even better than on pictures!
I have also been making new friends here and enjoy going out to dinner with them. Here is a picture of me and my friends enjoying the local alcoholic drink soju and makgeolli (with moderation of course!) Behind me is my KUBA buddy; a Korean student at Korea University guiding and befriending foreign exchange students. She is super sweet and has helped us a lot setting up in our university!
I have also been exploring different parts of Seoul. I went to the famous Garuso-gil street in Gangnam where I treated myself to some shopping. For any sneaker-heads reading this, there is an incredible official Jordan’s store that also showcases as part of an exposition custom made Jordans.
However, my favorite spot so far has to be Insadong in Jongno-gu that has many fancy restaurants and traditional tea houses in hanoks (Korean style houses). I am inserting couple of pictures from the two areas I just mentioned.
I have been very busy alternating between school and exploration but I am nonetheless grateful for the opportunity the Genshaft/Greenbaum Passport Scholarship has given me. To be able to simply study at a picturesque city while making local Korean friends is a one-of-a-kind experience that I believe everyone should have. I realized over the past few weeks how much immersion is teaching me about a culture, that cannot be taught in a book.
PS: I am inserting more pictures of the delicious meals I have had!