Bukchon Hanok Village/Some thoughts from Korea

Well, I did  it. I made it to Korea. Oh, how time flies. I have about a million things I could say but instead of saying all them, I’m just going to post some pictures.

A few things I’d like to say first:

  • I am going to be walking LIKE CRAZY here. Oh my goodness. I walk everywhere.
  • There are so many stairs. SO. MANY. STAIRS.
  • Chicken. Chicken. Chicken. Fried chicken is stinkin everywhere.
  • I was absolutely terrified my first day here. The language barrier truly sucks. I didn’t know what I was doing or where I was going, but every day is a new adventure and I’m learning the ropes.
  • Riding the bus and subway aren’t so scary anymore.
  • Meeting people is fairly easy. However, most of the people I’ve met have either been here a long time and have established their friend groups or are leaving. I really want to meet NEW people.
  • Everything is so green on my island! It’s beautiful! And humid. Today, I sweated like crazy walking home from school.
  • Tomorrow is my first day teaching! Ah!
  • Traveling from the island is hectic. It takes about 2 hours to get to the middle of Seoul.

When I first got here, I was overwhelmed with the culture shock and language barrier. Like, seriously. I immediately realized how difficult it would be understand people here. I’m only getting slightly better, and have spoken more Korean within these few days than I have my entire life, but people speak so quickly and they mumble a lot. I’ve actually learned the trick to speaking Korean — mumble what you want to say and someone will probably understand you. I am not even joking. Ever since I started mumbling the Korean words, other Koreans have complimented me on my Korean. It’s kind of hilarious.

Anyways, here are some pictures from this past Sunday’s trip to Hanok Village. The current English teacher at my school (she’s been my tour guide for the last few days) and I only had about an hour to explore, but it was quite lovely.

 

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What do you think?