We have now hit the half-way mark of my semester abroad in Moscow. Saying that feels crazy because in many ways I feel like I just got here (cliche, but the truth). I moved out of the Russian dorm and into to a new babushka’s home two weeks ago, and so I just recently felt … Continue reading We’re Halfway (jaw drops)
Here’s a long overdue post, although I have been actively adding some videos to my personal Youtube channel. Here’s my video from my trip to Saint Petersburg trip last weekend. Here’s a video on a group excursion around Moscow. You can find a few other videos about my study abroad experience on my channel, as … Continue reading The Sun is a Unicorn in Moscow
This week was rough. I feel like this blog is where I vent feelings, so do not get the idea that everything is horrible in Russia. I am learning a lot, culturally and linguistically. I’m making new friends, visiting neat places and trying new foods. I’m growing SO much as a person and I constantly … Continue reading Dealing with Discrimination
Last week I learned a word that cannot really be translated into English, a word that is specific to the Russian language and culture. That word is “Бардак” [bardak]. It translates to “mess” on Google Translate, but that does not explain the full nuances of the word. I definitely do not understand all the nuances … Continue reading Бардак — Functioning in Chaos
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