On the last Friday in Gwangju -- after our final exams and graduation ceremony -- a few of my friends and I hiked up Gwangju's Geumdang Mountain 금당산. Peter read about a night hike on this mountain a few weeks prior and going on the last weekend felt like a perfect end to an amazing … Continue reading Hiking 금당산 at Night
The last week I was studying in Gwangju my NSLIY Seoul host family came to visit me a final time before I travelled back to the U.S. They came on a Monday and left the following Tuesday, and it really meant a lot to me that they drove four hours to come see me. It … Continue reading NSLIY Host Family Visits Gwangju!
This past weekend on Saturday I went with my host family to Yeosu (여수) which is a coastal city on the very Southern end of the Korea. It was a gorgeous day, but as Korea summers are, it was also incredibly hot. That Saturday was South Korea's 20th day of heat warnings in a row. … Continue reading 여수 Yeosu
Before Typhoon Noru sweeps in this coming Monday, my host family and I decided to make a quick beach trip to 율포해수욕장 which is a beach on the southern coast of South Korea. Two years ago I visited Busan's famous beach, 해운대, with my NSLI-Y cohort but we went during May and it was too … Continue reading 율포해수욕장 Beach Trip!
This past weekend was the last CLS outing with all participants and their language partners. We went to the giant bamboo forest, 죽녹원, which is located in 담양 (Damyang). While there I got to try bamboo ice cream, rice made in a bamboo shoot and also 담양's famous 떡갈비, which is a beef dish believed … Continue reading 담양 (Damyang Bamboo Forest)
Here's a quick post on some highlights from Week 6 of my CLS Program! Monday: Went to a PC 방 for the first time! Basically gamers in the U.S. have no idea what they are missing out on. It cost 3,200원 (3 U.S. dollars) to play basically any video game you could possible want for … Continue reading Week 6 Recap
Following our kimchi class and lunch on Friday morning I left immediately to Seoul. During my time in Korea for the CLS program this is my second and last visit to Seoul before I leave again for the U.S. The first Seoul trip I came to visit my NSLIY host family, and this trip I … Continue reading Seoul Weekend with Minju, and Learning about my Korean Side
Instead of normal class this past Friday, we went to a kimchi museum and cooking class for a cultural activity. I made kimchi from scratch two years ago in Seoul at the 김치박물관 in 인사동 but my kimchi taste was only ok that time. However, this kimchi that we just made was amazing. 예지 said … Continue reading Making kimchi and melting off my tastebuds
Supposedly we are nearing the end of the 장마절, rainy season, but it is still incredibly humid. On a good day the humidity is in the 80 percentile, and on a not-so-lucky day the humidity could hit 97%. I have to admit I searched online why I am not standing in a puddle if the … Continue reading Going against the tide (biking, soccer, some frustrations)
This past weekend I went to hike 지리산 which is the highest mountain in Korea’s mainland and the second highest mountain when you include 제주도 (Jeju Island). Peter and I have been trying to get in a lot of hiking in Korea before heading back to the U.S., but really have not had much time. … Continue reading 지리산