Monday, May 25, 2015

KGSP - Vacation Part 2

So despite the semester starting this week, we only had class for two days and I went on another trip, so in a way it's kinda like it was still my vacation, despite the two days of class. After coming back from Jeju I just pretty much rested until the semester started.

On Thursday I officially started level 5, which is weird cause that's technically the "advanced" level at Keimyung but I still feel completely intermediate. What makes it weirder is that because of the way they decided to mix the classes, we're starting from chapter 6 instead of chapter 1.

Also the book's material sucks and it's totally gonna fall apart.

So I'm not a big fan of the class structure. But whatever, final semester. As long as I pass TOPIK the result of this semester doesn't matter. All that matters is passing TOPIK and learning Korean, not the grade or result of this semester.

On Friday, I went to Seoul to see a friend. A friend of mine from Canada came to Korea on Wednesday as part of his grad trip, so I just had to go see him in Seoul. I've known this guy forever, so it was nice to see him again.

All things considered, this isn't that great of a picture.

So I haven't gone to Seoul since last  year for my own grad trip, so it's not like I know it well or anything, but it was still cool to go to Seoul. For the first day after we met up, we ate dinner and then pretty much just went and chilled for a bit.

He had a bunch of friends with him too, so we ended up getting a small group of us together and the original plan was to go hang out on an island in the Han River. But we got there and it was kinda meh, so we ended up walking around until we found a good chill spot by the river.

Classic walk around Seoul until you find a cool place.

The next day we woke up and then took the train to Suwon. Suwon is a city just south of Seoul and they are connected by the local line, so it's actually really cheap to get there. All you have to do is make sure you are on the right train so you go on the right side when the track forks.

We went to Suwon because my friend wanted to do a hike of sorts, but I didn't really want to do another mountain hike (see: Hallasan). So as a result I found out that in Suwon you can do a hike alongside Hwaseong Fortress, a UNESCO designation that sections off a part of the city.

Just walking along the wall.

That was pretty cool. The day was pretty hot but other than that the weather was nice. We started going counter clockwise and it started off from the top of a small mountain so we got a nice view of the city. We wanted to finish the entire trek, but after 3/4 of it we were gonna be late so we left.

We covered the cool parts of it anyways, so it was alright. Following that we returned to Seoul and ate dinner and again just chilled. Today we woke up early cause my friend was flying to Jeju, so I just saw him off at the station and had some time to myself.

So I decided to head to the War Museum, which still looks awesome.

I heard that the War Museum was a great place to visit last time I was in Seoul, but when I went last year I went on the day they were closed, so I didn't get a chance to go in. Since I had two hours to kill before I returned to Daegu, I decided to go check it out.

The museum was pretty awesome. Talks about a lot of the wars and conflicts Korea was in recorded history from the early days to the Korean war to now. I'm pretty interested in the last hundred years of history, so it was pretty awesome to check out.

Pretty powerful museum as well.

Learned some stuff, saw some cool stuff, a good time was had. When my time was up I just got on the train back to Daegu and now here I am. I'm pretty sure I'm done with trips for a while now, two in such a short time has been a drain physically and monetarily.

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