It’s already been three months. December is only in a few days, and finals will only be in a couple weeks.

It’s strange because in some ways the time passed very quickly, and in some ways it feels as though I’ve been here for such a long time. I experienced my first free subtitled Korean movie (“A Werewolf Boy”) courtesy of a local movie theater. I’ll review the movie later, but for some reason I can’t quite describe it left quite an impression on me.

I’ve met some people here that I’ve felt like I’ve known my whole life. I’ve learned things about myself I never knew before.

It’s only been three months.

There are so many interesting juxtapositions here. You can see the modern architecture mixed with the traditional one. You can see English next to the Korean. You can smell the sewage with the heavily fried street food permeating slowly through the air. I can already immediately identify the smell of hotteuk (a fried mini-pancake with a filling of syrup, brown sugar, seeds, etc.).

I remember when I first started to study Korean here, I was frightened out of my mind because I barely knew how to speak Korean. But now I can now at least hold conversations.

In some ways there are some things I miss about home. I miss being understood immediately. I do miss some foods. But I’m already wondering how I’ll be able to leave Korea next year. In some ways I feel very much at home here. I still haven’t yet experienced any of the racism and unfriendliness I’ve heard of from other Korean-Americans. I’m not quite sure why since I go out very frequently and make many mistakes while speaking Korean. I feel as though Korea has been extremely welcoming for me.

I do hope to get a camera though.

On another note, one of my Korean language teachers just got married, and she invited all her students. Here at least is a picture of my Korean class eating the buffet dinner together:

wedding

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