Summer Vacay

Summer in Seoul was dreadful. It was hot and sticky and I was sweating nonstop. This made me not want to leave the haven of my apartment where I had the AC on all day. ย But alas, it was summer vacation and I had one week to try to do something. Emphasis on try because leaving my apartment was torture.

I managed to go Incheon for a day. The train ride is a little over an hour and you bet I found all the air vents in the subway stations while waiting for it to come. I had the misfortune of sitting between three older people who had horrible breath and were constantly talking to each other and I moved to different car to escape from them.

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I went to Osaka!

So it was Chuseok six weeks ago and I am now coming around to writing about it. But let’s be real, my last post was a while ago. Good news is, I quit my Korean class (also sad news). I said I would self study but I haven’t yet. Now, I have too much free time and not enough money so I will try to write about some adventures.

Chuseok is the Korean equivalent of Thanksgiving, basically a harvest festival. They make and eat all this food but I only know about songpyeon…maybe I’ll explore that in another post.

The flights to Japan were “cheap” but I think during Chuseok it was the normal price. We decided to go and just walk around and eat and that was literally what we did. We also decided to just stay around Dotonburi because it was just two days and I didn’t want to pack too many things in this trip when we can just go back again.

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My Apartment (then and now)

So it’s been a while (a year to be exact) and I moved to Seoul at the end of February. I realized that I never posted pictures of my first apartment so I’m combining the old apartment and the new on into one post. I never really got the chance to decorate my old apartment because I was afraid of accumulating too much stuff and when I moved to Seoul, I still had too much stuff. But less words, more pictures!

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New Daejeon-er!

I’m in my city! I’m also in my apartment but there’s no wifi because I don’t have my alien registration card yet, or a bank account, or a cell phone plan. It’s been a difficult week and it will be another difficult week. But hey, there’s always Starbucks and overpriced drinks!

I went to Expo Bridge because that’s one of the most iconic images when you google Daejeon. I went with a friend, we actually trained together in Seoul and we’ve been doing practically everything together ever since. I figured out how to take the bus and that was an experience. It’s true what they say about the drivers and their driving and how crazy it is. We missed our stopped but enjoyed the walk to get to the bridge so it was all good.

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the risk it took to blossom

I can’t even begin to talk about how overwhelming it is to move to another country and I haven’t even moved into my apartment yet. My knowledge of the Korean language is only Hello and Thank you. However, I do know how to read Hangul so that’s been a big help even if I can’t understand what I’m reading most of the time.

In order for me to compartmentalize the many emotions I’m feeling I’ve made a list (yes another one!) of things that I want to accomplish in terms of me growing as a person. The one fear I have is completely shutting down and not interacting with anyone at all…followed by only interacting with foreigners, while that is a nice safety net, I want to interact and make friends with the people who actually live here.

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Wanderlist

HK Night Skyline
I know it’s not South Korea, but I don’t have very many pictures from my 12 hour layover. PS, this is my favorite skyline.

In three days, I will be flying to Seoul where I will be spending a week training. Then if all goes well, and all will go well, I will be on a bus to Daejeon! This post will eventually become another page here on the blog–which will be updated periodically once I get my hands on a travel guide. I will add even more once I start planning on going to other countries. But for now, here’s a list of things for me to do and see in Daejeon. I won’t put a list of things to eat because I want to eat everything.

Wikipedia says Daejeon is the fifth largest city in Korea with a population of over 1.5 million. It’s about an hour south of Seoul via the KTX (Korea Train Express, high speed train). Comparing it to San Diego, it’s half the size with about the same amount of people. Yep. It’s also a tech hub and is basically the Silicon Valley of Korea. With that said, here’s my list!

  • Mt. Expo Park
  • Museums (Museum of Art, National Science Museum, Currency Museum)
  • Observatory
  • Yuseong Hot Springs
  • O-World
  • Hiking! (Mt. Bomunsan, Mt. Gubongsan, Mt. Jangtaesan, Mt. Gyejoksan, Mt. Sikjangsan, Gyeryongsan National Park, Uam Historical Park)

Of course I’ll be walking everywhere and eating a bunch of food and shopping, but I will pace myself and I will be posting about my adventures here so stay tuned!