South Korea · 129 Days · 8 Moments · September 2017

Abroad in South Korea

12 January 2018

I have dedicated the last days to say goodbye to Seoul, spending some time on things I did not get done throughout the semester, such as writing postcard to all the people whom wrote me a travel-message before I left Denmark. It gave me the change to tell how much each individual means to me and show some gratitude which I am normally not as good as, as I would like to be. I found two very nice spots in Hongdae: VER'S (flower cafรฉ) and My Mug (who served an excellent strawberry juice๐Ÿ˜)

11 January 2018

I was saying goodbye to some of the people meaning most to me here today. Walking campus for one last time, which was showing of from the side I like the most; the sunny and clear one topped with a bit of snow. It got me quite emotional, feeling this very strong and life-affirming gratefulness. This semester has giving me so many things on various levels; personal, academic, social, experiences, new discoveries and motivation. It gave me a sneak peak into the life of Koreans (students at SNU mainly), inspiring me, questioning me and motivation me. Giving me some new perspectives and new things to build on.

7 January 2018

One of the things I like the most about the two biggest cities in South Korea is them consisting of varies small areas with each significant cuteness, coolness or something else -ness. This traditional, cultural village is no exception. It reminded me a bit of the colourful houses we have in Copenhagen (Nyhavn). It was astonishing how cute the houses was, how narrow and steep the roads were and all the small details, as the vertical part of the stairs made a picture out of small tiles. ๐Ÿ™Œ

6 January 2018

Busan was quite amazing. Especially the day the sun was shining like it was a bright summer day. The sun always makes me smile, I just cannot be sad or mad while turning my face to the sun. The weather in South Korean is not that different from Denmark, but the sun is shining way more often. Usually I can get a bit winter-sad, but it did not happen here. I had the pleasure of having my family here, all getting some sun on our winter-white faces. โ˜€๏ธโ˜€๏ธโ˜€๏ธ

31 December 2017

This is one of my favourite areas and activities in this amazing city, Seoul. It is Hongdae, the young and cultural part of the city, hosting a lot of dancers and singers each night whom are showing their talents to the crowd. I just really like it, the energy they radiate are irresistible and even in minus 5 degrees they make you forget about time (and the cold)! Second I want to mention another great thing about South Korea and the culture: the guys I have meet her and those I have watched sitting in the subway are showing much more affection, sensitivity and soft, feminine properties in general. South Korea embrace feminine properties just as much, or even more, than masculine. I wish to take some of that back to Europe, I wish we will start to value it more, making space for all kind of personality traits and properties. I think we need an equally amount of both sides, balancing it out.

19 November 2017

I did not spend a lot of time exploring the city during the semester. It was just not my priority. In general I prefer taking in details present in the everyday surroundings. I had one weekend where almost everyone was travelling, that was not a priority either. I spend a Sunday as a tourist in Seoul, visiting the war memorial museum. It was an amazing experience, one of the best museums I ever visited. Not because I spend a lot of time in museums, but this was just great. I got my own, personal guide, whom was volunteering at the museum. Before arriving in Seoul I had no idea about South Korea. I prefer experience new places and things through my own eyes not being primed by others experiences, so I did not spend time preparing or learning anything before coming here. The wars Korea as been through was something I discovered here as I noticed people talking about it, putting a lot of meaning into it. So I wanted to take a look at it, get a feeling of what it had meant.

7 October 2017

A crazy amount of hours, fun and sojus was very well mixed in the beginning of the semester. I always feel like I end up in the most amazing groups and this was no exception. The buddy system at SNU was incredible, arranging so much stuff, and our personal buddies made trips for our group and was leaving us with the best opportunities to make lovely memories with each other - which we did. The MT's was the best concept; renting a large house, having (Korean) bbq, chilling around, dancing/drinking and then sleep side by side on the floor. Sound fantastic, right? It was! And of cause we had some great morning DJs playing Kings of Lion ๐Ÿ’ƒ

5 September 2017

My first days in South Korea was quite hectic, me trying to figure out everything at once, handling all the new stimuli and being kind of exhausted for the efficient (not busy, just effective) days in Japan the previous 3 weeks. I feel in love with the library immediately, came across the most delicious duck dish ever (with some the guys whom turned out to be some of the best friends I made here), kept spending some time with Tobias (my selfie- and travel partner from Japan) and tried my best to get my courses under control. I also learned why this campus has buses running around.. Went for a -very- optimistic run uphill realising that this would be the first and last time doing so! ๐Ÿ˜…