seoul babo
dating boys. sipping soju. staying out late.
walking backstreets. sleeping on subways.
studying korean. sketching in cafes.
(mis)adventuring. ☆彡

08.2013 → 08.2014

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Anonymous whispered : Was he hot? How did you react? If I was you I would over react and demand free things/money

Well, I had just gotten back from a night of drinking and was not in the mental state to fully realize what had happened, let alone react appropriately. So I just kind of stood there like an idiot, got my things, and left. (With him tugging at my arm begging me not to go…)

Anyway, Chunsa’s going tonight to speak to the manager and report it. It’s all on CCTV, so hopefully this weird saga ends here.

Holy freaking hell.

The checkout guy at GS25 just kissed me.
I’m not even kidding.

He grabbed my face, leaned over the counter, and kissed me while I was checking out.

I don’t even know how to react right now but what the actual hell. SERIOUSLY WHAT THE HELL.

Anonymous whispered : thanks for the quick answer! what about dorms and activities/making friends? do either of the unis have a curfew? nd i heard sogang was a bit far from the more lively areas, how was that in your experience?

I never lived in either of the dorms. I know they both have curfews, but since I’ve never lived there, I can’t really tell you how strictly those are enforced.

I think making friends at any language school here is rather difficult, because the people in your classes are from all around the world, and your only common language will most likely be Korean, so if you’re in the lower levels and can’t communicate that well yet, it’s particularly hard. My advice would be to email the office about setting you up with a language partner, or try to join a club at the university, or look through the university website’s forum and respond to language exchange ads, event postings, etc. you can find. Or do what I did and meet cool people off of tumblr! Haha.

Sogang’s really not that far. From what I consider to be ‘the heart’ of Sinchon, it’s maybe 8 minutes away on foot? 4-5 minutes to the nearest subway station. And around a 20 minute walk to both Idae and Hongdae. So, location is definitely a non-issue in my opinion.

Anonymous whispered : so sorry if you've answered this before :3 but did you prefer sogang or yonsei?

Basically Sogang was a more enjoyable program for me, but I learned more grammar and vocab at Yonsei where the pace is a lot faster.

So if your goal is to eventually speak academic, polished Korean, Yonsei’s probably the better choice. If you want to speak more daily life, conversational Korean, and have more free time to go out and explore the city, Sogang’s the way to go.

Anonymous whispered : Hi I'm a new follower of yours. Can I ask where did you go to learn Korean? Unless you self studied the whole time?

Hello! Thanks for following.( ´∀`)

This past year, I took classes at Yonsei University’s Korean Language Institute. And two years ago, I spent a semester at Sogang University’s Korean Language Education Center as well.

luna-nova whispered : man your blog makes me miss korea more than i already do omg-- if we had been there the same time i woulda secretly wanted to be friends lol

Well then you’ll have to come back next year so we can be real friends!ㅎㅎ

Anonymous whispered : What is your overall experience living in Korea? What were the ups and downs of living there in your opinion? I'm moving there soon and just curious about your experiences.

My experience has been really, really great overall. The ups to me are obvious. Getting to experience a new culture, seeing how people in another corner of the world live and interact, eating great food, taking advantage of Seoul’s awesome transportation system, having new experiences I never could have had back home… Also, just learning the quality of adaptability. You learn to be more mature, and flexible when you live abroad. To grow. To rise to the challenges you are faced with. Because ultimately, you don’t have a choice. At the end of the day, you only have yourself to depend on.

I think the biggest ‘down’ was when my phone was stolen. That was when I felt really estranged here, because everywhere I turned for help, I couldn’t find it. The guy who had my phone was harassing me; I went to a police station and it was conveniently closed that day; people on the street who I asked if they could tell me where another police station was shied away from ‘the foreigner’ and didn’t even bother sparing the 10 seconds required to look it up on their phones; when I finally met with them, the police were condescending towards me and unwilling to help; people at the phone store I went to to track it just kept laughing and oohing and ahhing at the foreigner speaking Korean instead of actually listening to what I had to say…

That situation really opened my eyes to a big part of the culture here, which is that if it’s not their problem, or they don’t personally know you, the majority of people here aren’t going to go out of their way to help you. I feel like in America, if I went up to a group of girls on the street and asked them where a police station was, 9 times out of 10 they would say something like, “Are you alright? What happened?” and not even hesitate to quickly google where one was for me. The girls I asked (and I asked in perfectly polite Korean) basically looked scared of me, and completely brushed me off. I asked an older woman as well, and she just walked away.

Even carrying big, heavy suitcases up and down the subway stairs — I’ve never once been offered help, whereas in America, every single time I move into my dorms at college, there has never been a time where a guy hasn’t asked me, “Oh that looks heavy. Can I give you a hand?” Not a complaint, because obviously I don’t expect every place to be just like the U.S., so much as an observation.

It really seems to me like Koreans keep a much stricter distance from strangers than we do in America, where I can see a girl in the checkout line at Target and be like, “Wow, I love your bag!” and start a conversation without it being weird. Like, that’s just not something that happens here.

And I think that is especially true for foreigners, because Koreans assume we don’t speak Korean, and therefore approaching us can be very intimidating for some people. So, in many ways, life as a foreigner can be very isolating here, and it’s a realization that hits you the most in times of need. For me, that was losing my phone, or whenever I was really sick and needed to go to the hospital.

All of that being said, in my experience at least, if they do know you personally, most Korean people will go above and beyond to help you and take care of you. Chunsa’s family has done so, so much for me without ever being asked to, and only knowing me for a short amount of time. I honestly feel like a part of their family, and I’ve never felt anywhere near that close with the parents of my friends back in America. (Some of whom I’ve known for years.)

Anyway, this post has gotten much longer than I intended it to. I love Korea. I really do. It’s not perfect by any means, but it truly is a wonderful country, and I hope you’ll fill yourself with unique, new thoughts and experiences here.

Anonymous whispered : why won't you answer my message :o

It’s nothing personal. I just had a lot of school stuff to take care of the past few days, and got really backlogged with messages…. (´ヘ`;;)

Anonymous whispered : Would you consider putting up a spontaneous selca of you and Chunsa (like you did last time, which I missed!! >.<) to commemorate your last days in Seoul before you leave? ^.^

Well I never actually put up any full-faced pictures of either of us on here! I uploaded a picture of Chunsa to instagram once for like 2 hours, but that was it.

Anyway, if I take a decent selca sometime, maaaybe I’ll consider it. But it’d probably go on instagram again, because people can’t reblog stuff without my permission there. ㅡ_ㅡ;

"Your voice sounds completely different in different languages. It alters your personality somehow. I don’t think people get the same feeling from you. The rhythm changes. Because the rhythm of the language is different, it changes your inner rhythm and that changes how you process everything.

When I hear myself speak French, I look at myself differently. Certain aspects will feel closer to the way I feel or the way I am and others won’t. I like that—to tour different sides of yourself. I often find when looking at people who are comfortable in many languages, they’re more comfortable talking about emotional stuff in a certain language or political stuff in another and that’s really interesting, how people relate to those languages."
- François Arnaud, for Interview Magazine (via gilbertnorrell)
Anonymous whispered : Has he made any comments about American-style acting?

Er, no, not really? :/ Honestly, he’s too obsessed with how attractive all the actors and actresses are to even notice their acting.

He can’t get over it. Every time we watch an episode, he has a 멘붕, turns to me and goes, “No, but that guy’s REALLY GOOD LOOKING. Do you see him?? He’s REALLY good looking, right?? He’s hotter than Wonbin. Is this what everyone’s like in America??”

No, babe. Sadly no.

Anonymous whispered : Could i ask where you study? In the U S. Im looking for universities that offer asian languages and more. If u dont feel comfortable with this question its ok. If anything ill come off anon.

Very sorry, but I don’t like giving out the name of my university in the U.S. Trying to remain anonymous and all that. :<

But if you have any schools in particular you’re interested in, it’s usually really easy to search and see what languages they offer~. (Also peruse their study abroad website, because nothing sells a college better imo than if they’re willing to give you free money to study abroad!)

it’s half till midnight and all I want is to eat an entire pizza by myself

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