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28 augustus 2014
OMWT: a new student life
We (my host Saemi, and I) slept a long while and woke up to move ourselves to the old village. We wanted to have brunch somewhere, but even though it was a rainy Monday, there were queues everywhere. We finally had noodle soup and some coffee at different places. Then, around 2, we headed to the shrines since there would be a free English tour (which we enjoyed all by ourselves since all the other tourists were Korean or Chinese). The angry looking boys dressed up as guards didn’t withhold me from exploring. The buildings were so pretty and there was so much entertainment. Saemi and I dressed up as royal family members and took so many pictures together. Saemi had to go to work afterwards and that was when I decided to paint my own bag. Unfortunately at 16.46 I was told that the place would close at 17. I didn’t even exercise half of my plans. With a bag which was still wet with paint, I wandered around in the old village. It was really beautiful and interesting to see the hanok houses. The old Confucian school was nice, too. It’s just that the rain didn’t let me explore more. I met Saemi in front of the mixed style church (which looks more Western than all the other Korean churches I’ve seen) around 18.45. She took me to shinae to meet her friend Songah. With the three of us we would challenge the best makkeoli served with many side dishes. Since one popular place had people lined up for more than one hour, we went to a new, less known place. The makkeoli was yummy, but was served in a huge amount. We restored ourselves (read: we sobered up) at a coffee shop and went our own ways afterwards. At Saemi’s we watched TV for a long time and had lots of fun. The TV featured, amongst others, one of the first dramas I’ve watched: Boys over Flowers. I enjoyed all: the day; the positive reactions on my bag; and the stuff we wrote on the wall of the makkeoli bar, eternalizing ourselves like that.
Now I'm in Seoul, amongst other exchange students, I meet many people every day. The house mates who arrived up until now are one British girl (Annie, she's the youngest) with whom I share a room, and two French girls (Lorraine and Audrey, both 22). I feel that a new adventure is waiting for me; today is the introduction day, so I'm considering this as my first day in Korean university. I'm really grateful for everything I experienced thus far. I want to thank all the people I met during my trip and I hope to keep meeting new people during the upcoming semester.
28 augustus 2014 20:40 | Door: mama
My dearest Madeleen,
Thanks for taking me with you on your quite exciting travelexperience!
And showing me things you saw by putting pictures at your facebook.
I think your ready for your next experience, a new student life!
Wishing you a very good student life with lots of new experiences.
2 september 2014 16:49 | Door: Willie K. Tonini
I'm so sorry again for that this strange August weather in South Korea frequently disturbed your travel schedule for so long. This belated rainy season is almost over. So don't be upset at the weather condition. =) I know you always do your best in everything and you will in SKKU too.
Hope you keep staying healthy during this semester of Korea and Don't forget I will be there for you if you get troubled while you stay in Korea.