The other day at church, the Pastor said something that I think rings true: “1 year in Korea is like 4 or 5 years in the US.”
I believe it. In that case, one month in Korea is more like 4 months in the US. There is just so much going on externally and internally that it’s like living life in high gear.
I know I say this every blog post, but time really does go by so quickly here. I now understand why many people choose to stay another year. It doesn’t feel like one year is enough to see everything and do everything. My Korean Bucket List keeps getting longer and longer. I partly wonder how anyone can fully explore any country in such a short amount of time.
This past weekend was way calmer than the other weekends. I chose to sign up for a free tour with SeoulMate. SeoulMate is super awesome because it’s run by college students in the area who simply want to hang around tourists and show them the city. It’s also a nice way to hang out with other people.
We were supposed to go on a bike tour, but were informed that all the bikes were gone when we got there. What a letdown. However, we did walk by the World Cup Stadium and then through Haneul Park, where we saw a nice view of Seoul.
Afterwards, we ate a fried chicken dinner in the park. I’m telling you, this country really does love fried chicken.
I then went to a Welcome Party thrown by my recruiter, Korvia Consulting. Korvia is such an amazing recruiting company. Seriously. They helped me SO much coming out here. Out of all the recruiting companies I applied to, they seemed to be the most professional and helpful.
The Welcome Party was a blast. I danced a ton and have discovered that I am definitely that girl on the dance floor who does not care about what people think of her. I guess this is growing up. It was also a blast because the first girls I met also happen to live near me! You have no idea how much of a Godsend that was. Living out in the boonies can sometimes be frustrating. And lonely. Even though I’m hanging out with people every weekend, it’s still takes some effort to make actual friends since I live so far from everyone.
The next day, I headed to the afternoon service at church and missed my bible study group by an hour (kind of a bummer). I really like the church I’m going to. I especially love the worship. The worship leader has such a good voice. It does suck that it’s so far away, but I would much rather go to a church that is surrounded by a lot of things to do afterwards than one that is in the middle of nowhere. I am taking every opportunity I can to see Korea.
Since it was still early in the afternoon when I got out of church, and I was already in Seoul, I decided to venture out on my own. I had forgotten how wonderful it is to just chill and walk without worrying about making friends. I’ve been so concerned with making friends here and meeting people, that I’ve forgotten to stop and smell the flowers. There weren’t too many flowers on my walk, but there was the next best thing — stores.
I ended up walking into Sinsa-dong, a really cool and hip shopping place. There were tons of people walking about and I enjoyed walking amongst them. I was also incredibly tempted to shop, though I resisted. Spending money is too easy here. Because most things are cheap, you might not think you’re spending a lot of money, but every little thing adds up. I really do need to start giving myself a budget.
Anyways, back to the walking around Seoul part. I bought my first ever macaroon and it was delicious! What more of a romantic setting for eating your first macaroon than while exploring the streets of Seoul alone? I also walked a bit more and found the Gangnam shopping district (not sure if it’s called that but oh well), which paid tribute to a special song you might know.
This weekend is Chuseuk and I get next Monday and Tuesday off! Woohoo! I’m super excited to visit Ulleng-do and Dokdo Island. It’s going to be crazy.
This week is also going to be a bit of an adventure because I’m getting evaluated by the administration at my school. Let’s hope the class they sit in on goes well!
So what about you? How’s your life?