Sunday, September 7, 2014

KGSP - University Life in Korea

Man, it's only been like a week and a half since I got here, but it already feels like a long time. Not in like, a bad way though; it's been pretty awesome. But it just feels like I've done so much in such a short period amount of time haha.

This week was the start of classes. Im taking intensive Korean classes, so that means 9 - 1 every day learning Korean. Korean is pretty interesting to learn. I like how I can find similarities between Cantonese and Japanese, so it keeps it fun for me when I'm in class.

I don't have any pictures of the class, so here's some banana milk. It says banana there in Hangul.

We have to pass TOPIK level 3 by next August, and although it's like a year away, I'm already getting kinda nervous haha. Need to really buckle down and learn me some Korean. Once I get into the stride of things I should be ok though I think.

Outside of class, I did a bunch of things this week. On Wednsday it was my birthday, so me and some of my friends went out to celebrate. It's pretty cool because the people I hang out with now are all from different countries, so it's interesting to talk with them and see the similarities and differences between our cultures and even the way we speak English.

Fun fact, I'm the only one here that refers to the "dormitory cafeteria" as the "res caf".

Korea has been pretty fun so far. I'm really enjoying meeting the new people that I've been meeting, and aside from the strict dormitory rules, I've pretty much liked everything about my experience so far. The food is pretty good (albeit sometimes too spicy) and the people are nice.

When I was in Korea a few months ago for my grad trip, I tried looking for some Magic the Gathering card shops. I found two places online in Seoul, but I couldn't actually find them. There was supposed to be a single one in Daegu, so I decided to look for it yesterday. I found it.

I had to go up this sketchy looking entrance.

It was small and not too exciting, but the people were nice and there was Magic to be played. I got somewhat pressured into joining a draft with them, so I played with some Korean cards for the first time. And man, it was hard to draft in Korean. I had no idea what each card did so I didn't do that well. More incentive to learn Korean I guess haha.

Overall pretty solid experience so far. Tomorrow is 주석, or Korean Thanksgiving, so we have a few days off in the coming week. It kinda sucks actually because I don't really have much to do and kinda want to go to class >_>

Plus all the cafeterias are closed. Note that this tasted a lot better than it looks, it's a fried pork chop with cheese inside.

But yea, life is pretty ok right now.

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