Monday, December 29, 2014

KGSP - Christmas in Daegu

Ughh I forgot to make another Sunday post! Ahh why am I so bad at this this year. Anyways, this last week was Christmas. It was my first Christmas away from home, so it's probably going to memorable regardless.

For the most part, the 24th and 25th was spent with friends downtown. Me and my friends managed to book a restaurant for the 24th so we went downtown to eat a Christmas dinner. That was pretty fun. A bit expensive, but it was nice to have real food.

Steak, wine and a buffet. The food was ok.

Despite it still not really feeling like Christmas, Daegu tried it's best I think. Downtown was pretty lively, and it still is really. They have a bunch of decorations and lights up on the main shopping street, so it's nice to visit at night.

The campus is feeling completely dead though. Most of the Korean students are gone so it's just feeling more depressing than usual. There aren't really any decorations or anything either, so it's kinda bland.

Christmas decorations downtown.

The 26th was pretty exciting too. Skyped home while my family opened presents which was nice. Doesn't beat being there in person though, but it's still better than nothing I guess. I opened my presents too haha.

After that I went to the language school's Christmas festival. It was pretty much just a bunch of performances by the students and teachers. Our class is boring though so we didn't do anything. Regardless, the event was more fun than I thought it would be.

Was super surprised that they got the teachers to dance.

Other than Christmas festivities I started playing World of WarCraft again. Started the trial and got to 90 and got like 100 achievements. Will probably resub sometime in February, after TOPIK and this semester's exam.

Monday, December 22, 2014

KGSP - Dorm Change

So yesterday I had to move dorms. It was quite the ordeal. There was a lot of packing, moving and a ton of cleaning. As a result I totally forgot to write an entry yesterday, so as usual here is another Monday entry.

With the KGSP program, we are all supposed to live in the school dorms for the duration of our language studies. This was initially not really a big deal for me since I wanted to live in the dorm. It's definitely the best chance to meet new people and and it's also the easiest option when going to a new place.

My stuff, prior to the move.

I chose the dorm option that has three people in the room, but has a private bathroom. Because of a certain beehive situation, it ended up with just two people in the room. Which obviously is a pretty good deal. That dorm, Bongsadong, is newer and the rooms are bigger.

So I lived there for almost four months. Honestly, the dorms weren't that great, but I totally got used to it. The worst thing was the curfew because you had to be back by 11 or had to stay out by 5. Unless if you knew of a way to sneak in.

What I don't know how to sneak in what are you talking about oh I got 194/200 on my English test.

So the curfew sucked, and there were a few other things that bugged me about the dorm, but I got complacent and was like whatever. But, since it's now currently the winter holiday, most of the Korean students and other exchange students left, leaving the KGSP scholars.

As a result, they moved us all to a different dorm, one that has two people to a room and a public floor washroom. At first I was like whatever, I'll deal. But then I moved here and it really sucks man.

The room looked absolutely terrible when I moved in.

The room was absolute trash. Like there was dust and garbage everywhere. It looked and felt disgusting. It took me half the morning and half the afternoon to clean it up to respectable levels. And even now it still feels dirty.

But the washrooms man. Public washrooms suck. Our room is right in front of the washroom which is convenient I guess, but it's super weird to have to carry your stuff out there to brush your teeth and shower.

I don't have a picture of the washrooms so here's a cardboard box on a light.

The worst part is that the shower stalls are really close together. And by stalls we mean three shower heads on the wall with no curtains so it's just like. A very free place to shower, if you know what I mean >_>

It's gonna be weird I think. I'm here for another two months and I'm already thinking about the headache that awaits me. I kinda wish I moved out now. Some of my friends did and the rooms they got look awesome. No curfew and no privacy issues.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

KGSP - Starting to Feel like Christmas

It seems like every time I go on a trip or something the next week I don't really do anything. I guess it kinda makes sense cause I can't always be doing stuff, but at the same time I kinda wish I was haha. Would be super tiring though.

This week was just one of those weeks where it was more of the same stuff. However, after my post last week about the lack of snow, we actually had a few more bouts of snow. Unfortunately, they all melted the day after, but for a day we actually had a real winter day.

Also someone on campus made this fabulous snowman and I had to take a picture of it.

I kinda wish the snow stuck around haha. Like I mentioned before, it doesn't seem right that it's mid December and there's no snow. Still feels like October. Despite that, it's starting to feel like Christmas. People are starting to put up Christmas decorations which makes the city feel more festive.

They even put up a Christmas tree in the Sarangbang, which is the lounge I normally hang out at during the break time between classes. It's a really sad looking tree though, it almost looks like it's going to fall over.

We had to add a chopstick buffer on one of the legs to stabilize it.

Aside from that stuff and studying, I've just been trying to fit in time to play some games. Hearthstone released their first card expansion so that's pretty exciting. Been trying to play some arena games to get some of the new cards.

I also managed to slowly create a group of friends here who play Magic. We wanted to go today to the card store to draft, but they did a last minute cancel because apparently small card shops suck. We ended up just going to a coffee shop and played with the random decks we have though, which was fun too.

Also started playing Birth by Sleep finally!

But yea, I foresee a lull in the immediate future in terms of exciting things. I'll be moving into the dorm next week and I'll also get my English test results this week though, so at least that'll be kinda interesting.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

KGSP - Winter in Korea

Man, time flies. It's already been a bit over three months since I first moved to Korea. Feels like just yesterday that I moved into this dorm room and now I'm already thinking about how much of a pain it's going to be to move to the other dorm when this one closes for the holidays.

But yea, it's that time of year again, winter. Normally in Canada, this is when the dread starts because another five months of winter awaits, but here in Korea I'm a bit more curious about what a winter here entails.

First real snowfall in Daegu; not enough snow.

This will be my first winter away from home, so in a way it's kinda sad that I won't be facing the Canadian winter this time around. I kinda already miss the cold and snow. I don't think I'll have to face knee high snow or -30 degree temperatures here.

I mean, we had snow twice already and despite it being minimal and melting almost instantly, people are taking pictures of it and complaining about the extremely cold 5 degree weather. It's kinda interesting I guess. I mean, it's cold, but it's not that cold.

It's also almost Christmas.

Aside from that, this weekend I went to Ulsan, which is a city just north of Busan and east of Daegu. It was kind of a random trip that I was invited to on a whim, so I didn't really know what to expect. We didn't really do too much to be honest.

The entire trip could basically be summed up as rocky cliffs, traffic and food. We went and checked out Daewangam (대왕암) which is pretty much a bunch of spiky rocked cliffs by the ocean. That was actually really nice. I've seen a lot of ocean and rocks in the last few months, but these were different.

It was super windy so the sound of crashing waves was also pleasant.

That was pretty much it in terms of sightseeing. I kinda wish we did more, but I wasn't the "leader" of the trip so I just followed. We went to downtown Ulsan and pretty much just ate a lot of food. The first night we had an awesome seafood dinner and then followed it up with some makgeolli and kimchi tofu.

The next day I had a huge breakfast and was still super full when we had lunch at two. After another huge meal of Korean Barbecue, we left for Daegu. I swear, I've never eaten that much food for breakfast and lunch. I skipped dinner because lunch was so filling and late.

On another note. Food is delicious and I love food.

Super tiring weekend all things considered. I think the constantly waking up and going to class every day is catching up to me. I'm just more tired than usual. I need a proper break I think, but we don't get any of that for a while ugh. But whatever, powering through.