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From Korea with Love

I already miss Korea

It has been a long time since I last updated this blog. I have seriously been super busy with my studies and enjoying Korea so I haven’t had time to sit on my computer that much. During this month or so I have been doing presentations, writing essays, visiting Ulsan and Busan, Jeju Island and even Taiwan! I love my life here and I’ve experienced so much in this short period of time. I’m seriously in love with Korea and I feel like I already miss this country even though I’m still here. It feels weird!

Taiwan has some awesome nature. Hiking there is amazing!

Taiwan has some awesome nature. Hiking there is amazing!

I attended a Korean wedding in Busan with my friend Sookie.

I attended a Korean wedding in Busan with my friend Sookie.

In Jeju Island I hiked on top of the highest mountain in South Korea.

In Jeju Island I hiked on top of the highest mountain in South Korea.

We visited Taiwan with three of my friends in the beginning of May. We were actually supposed to travel to mainland China but we couldn’t get a visa so we changed our plans to Taiwan. I liked Taiwan and its capital Taipei a lot! They have super delicious food and it’s also a paradise for shopping. I really recommend it! Here’s a video I made of our trip.

Having delicious Bubble Tea at a night market in Taipei.

Having delicious Bubble Tea at a night market in Taipei.

Few weeks ago I visited Ulsan and Busan with my Korean friend Sookie. We took the KTX high-speed train from Suwon to Ulsan and stayed one night at the house of Sookies family. They have a beautiful house on the 21st floor of an apartment building. Amazing view! During my stay in Ulsan we even tried “San Nachi” which is super fresh baby octopus. You can see a video of me trying this delicacy from this link.

On the second day of our trip we left for Busan to attend a wedding of Sookies relatives. The wedding was a really nice experience and the bride was beautiful! After the wedding we met Sookies friend whose home we were going to spend the night and we also met Sookies boyfriend and drove around the city with his car. We visited the sea shore and even took a small cruise which was a mistake – I was so scared the boat was going to flip! Here’s a video clip of the boat ride.

Having super fresh eel as our dinner in Busan.

Having super fresh eel as our dinner in Busan.

Last weekend was a long weekend because of a Korean national holiday, so we decided to head for Jeju island. It takes only about one hour from Seoul to Jeju by plane and there are super cheap flight tickets available. We paid only 80 000 won (50 euros) for a return flight to Jeju. Totally worth it!

Jeju is a volcanic island and it has beautiful and rich nature. During our stay there we visited beaches, waterfalls, a lava tube, a shrine, museums and we even climbed to Mt. Halla, which is a 1950m high volcano in the middle of the island. The trip was once again amazing!

Sunrise Peak at the East coast of the islannd.

Sunrise Peak at the East coast of the island.

Besides travelling outside of Suwon and Seoul, I’ve also been enjoying my surroundings here. Last month I attended my first ever baseball game and some amazing K-pop concerts. Here’s a video clip of the baseball game.

Lotte Giants fans are amazing! They wear these orange Lotte plastic bags on their heads to cheer for their team.

Lotte Giants fans are amazing! They wear these orange Lotte plastic bags on their heads to cheer for their team.

Spring is the time for Campus Spring Festivals and we had our own here at Ajou University as well. They invite some very popular artists to perform at universities and for three days or so the campus fills up with street stalls and smiling faces. The festival was awesome!

Our Japan club was selling takoyaki (octopus dumblings) at the festival.

Our Japan club was selling takoyaki (octopus dumblings) at the festival.

These student operated restaurants/bars were open until morning.

These student operated restaurants/bars were open until morning.

We had some great performances at the festival. Here’s two video clips of Korean pop artists – Girl’s Day and IU.

I also visited another campus festival in Seoul. One of my favourite groups in Korea is 2NE1 whom I really wanted to see while in Korea, so when I heard they’ll be performing in one of these FREE campus festivals in Seoul, I just had to go there. It was an amazing experience to see my idols live! Here’s a video of this campus festival as well.

I only have two weeks left in Korea and it feels like the time has passed by so quickly. At the same time I’m happy to return back home but I know I’ll miss Korea. I still have a lot of cool things left here in Korea as well as in Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong after my semester here ends. I’ll update more about these  later! See ya!

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