Insadong Street Shopping & Gyejeol Bapsang 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, midday is the perfect time to go to Insadong because it’s a popular tourist area.  There … Continue reading Insadong Street Shopping & Gyejeol Bapsang Korean Buffet

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.  Because of the current political climate (Fall 2016) they didn’t … Continue reading Informing Friends & Family You’re Moving Abroad

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 into another culture is that a part of you wants to hold onto your own culture. In a country where beauty is considered thin with pale skin, both of which I don’t have or want … Continue reading Breaking Down Cultural Barriers In South Korea

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.  I met with my friend who I had met on … Continue reading Confucian Ceremony At Sungkyunkwan University In South Korea

Cheorwon DMZ One Day Bus Tour In South Korea

Cheorwon DMZ Tour 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 to Seoul Station.  I had been there before when I first arrived and I knew how … Continue reading Cheorwon DMZ One Day Bus Tour In South Korea

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 be held over the course of the next three days. … Continue reading South Korea School System

South Korea’s Top Attractions

Petite France & Garden of Morning Calm One Day Tour January 30, 2017 I choose Petite France and the Garden of Morning Calm because I had seen both places mentioned on variety shows.  I found Goh Travel Agency through internet research and discovered they had a tour during the Seollal (Korean New Year) holiday.  I choose this tour for two reasons, first because I could … Continue reading South Korea’s Top Attractions

Themed Cafes in Seoul, South Korea

Blute Flower Cafe, Tartine Bakery, and Mochi Where to begin when you discuss themed cafes in South Korea?  Although I went to several cafes there are still so many I wish to enjoy.  The first being the new Harry Potter Cafe in Daegu that just opened. If you’re looking to get warm from the cold weather outside or just past the time, a cafe is … Continue reading Themed Cafes in Seoul, South Korea

The Painters: HERO in Seoul

Hankuk University School Field Trip January 19, 2017 The class created a WeChat App group chats room in case any of us were ever absent we could text each other about the material covered in class and the homework assignment.  Mostly, the chatroom was used by our teacher to remind us about our homework assignments.  As part of the Universities extracurricular program, we were told that … Continue reading The Painters: HERO in Seoul