Today felt like a normal day. Which actually feels a bit peculiar. It’s amazing how new places quickly no longer feel new. There are still places to explore and people to meet, but they are not quite so different as maybe they first seemed. I am familiar enough with campus now that I can move around easily enough. I know where the things I need are anyway. Maybe I no longer feel like a guest. I am now a student in Korea!
My day was nice today because I only have my Korean class on Tuesdays from 4-6 pm. I think I am going to try and make Tuesdays a homework day, so I can have a lot of other time in the week for adventuring. There are so many coffee shops I want to try! I got to sleep in this morning which I needed. The extra sleep felt great. I then got up, had my cereal, had my instant coffee, and got to sit down and study for a while. Pretty average and unexciting really.
I then had to force myself to go out into the real world for a while. I think today was the last day that Yonsei student clubs had booths around campus and were trying to recruit new students for the semester. And I want to try as many things as I can! I signed up for information from the Jazz Dance club, taekwondo club, and I’m considering the Yonsei International Community. It’s a bit intimidating walking up to people’s booths because some people don’t speak English or won’t speak it. So communicating can be a bit of a challenge. I’m happy I did it anyway though! I found out that the taekwondo club has lessons for exchange students and you can go up to 3 times a week. It’s nice because it’s in the week. I’ve signed up for quite a few other programs through the global exchange and many of those are on the weekend. The Dance club meets every other Saturday though. I’m not sure. Everything would be fun to try! I don’t want to make myself so busy that I can’t just enjoy being in Seoul though. Anyway, that was my dilemma of the day.
For Dinner, Tania, Vi, and I cooked in the lounge in our dorm. We’ve all been feeling the study abroad weight coming on. There’s just so much food to try! So we figured we need to make more of an effort to make food instead of eating out. Also, we bought some salad stuff and we needed to eat it before it went bad. We also had some strawberries that were very ripe, so we went to the convenience store for some chocolate to go with them. The imported chocolate (like Hersheys) was very expensive! So we got a cheap Korean one thinking it was just regular chocolate. We went to open it and. . . it was almond nougat inside! Not what we wanted, but we were pleasantly surprised by the taste. I also bought a rice triangle (I forget what they are called. . .) for breakfast tomorrow! We will see what that is like! Vi, Tania, and I then ate dessert and watched a filmed called “The Experimenter” which was about Stanley Milgram and his Social Psychology experiments. It was actually really good.
Today was a pretty average, ordinary day. I want to write about the ordinary too though. I want to look back and remember the extraordinary days and the regular ones because they are both going to be a part of my life in Korea!
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