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How To Stay Warm During Winter In South Korea

No Heat & No Flannel Pajamas!  Lesson Learned. Since, the weather keeps reverting, rain and snow in some parts of the United States when it should be getting warmer outside, I want to go back to something that happened during my first Winter at Hankuk University dormitory I forgot to post. My heart went out […]

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The Last Hurrah: At Least For This Trip

Seoul, South Korea Expat Finality My last month in South Korea I would go out every weekend for lunch, and desert, mostly I combined the two, like when I went to my first vegan festival.  I shared this recurring theme with my friend who lived in Korea the longest. What were my plans for returning […]

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Visiting Dongdaemun Design Plaza Seoul International Handmade Fair

Visting Dongdaemun Design Plaza Seoul International Handmade Fair The weather was warmer and people wanted to spend time outside enjoying the outdoor activities they had missed because of the Winter.  This was my first trip going to Dongdaemun Design Plaza.  I was having a lot of first since coming to South Korea.  I read somewhere […]

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Insadong Street Shopping & Gyejeol Bapsang Korean Buffet

Street Shopping And A Korean Buffet I decided to meet with my two new friends whom I met on the one day trip to Petite France and Garden of Morning Calm.  We met on a Saturday, in Insadong (인사동) a little past 11:00 a.m. since we wanted to beat the afternoon lunch crowd. In my opinion, […]

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Informing Friends & Family You’re Moving Abroad

Bridging The Gap Between At Home & Abroad The confusion of having to tell your family and friends that you want to move to another country is nerve-racking and requires plenty of advanced preparations.  I informed co-workers and family I intended to study at a University in South Korea I experienced a myriad of questions. […]

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Breaking Down Cultural Barriers In South Korea

예뻐요 at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies I continued taking Korean Language class even though I realized that it would take longer than I initially believed.  One caveat about immersing yourself in another culture is that a part of you wants to hold onto your own culture. In a country where beauty is considered thin with […]

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Confucian Ceremony At Sungkyunkwan University In South Korea

Religious Dances and Formal Ceremonies I went on another day tour with the Royal Asiatic Society.  I met up with my tour group outside of Anguk subway station, exit 6, at 9:30 a.m.  There was a vendor selling socks and writing supplies nearby, while we waited a lot of the other attendees browsed the merchandise. […]

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Cheorwon DMZ One Day Bus Tour In South Korea

Cheorwon DMZ One Day Bus Tour In South Korea I researched and booked a trip to the DMZ to continue my solo travel plans.  I was proud of myself for figuring out I could take the DMZ train and then join a tour once I arrived.  Getting to the station was easy, I was going […]

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South Korea School System Pt. 2

New Dormitory at Hankuk University The office liaison told me to come to the office and meet him at three p.m. that afternoon and he would take me to the new dorm.  On my way to the office, I ran into him by a nearby coffee shop.  He asked if I had time to go […]

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South Korea School System

Final Exam At Hankuk University My semester at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies Korean language program was coming to an end.  The teacher wrote on the blackboard the schedule for the finals.  This test would determine if I could transfer to level 2.  I couldn’t believe what she wrote on the board.  The test would […]