Whirlwind

With my third week of school almost over, I have to take a little time to myself and write about what my a grand time here in Seoul. I have been going on so many adventures and this weekend I will be going on my biggest! 

So far since I last posted I have been to both of the biggest museums in Seoul. The National Folk Museum and the National Museum of Seoul. I have been going to different districts every night trying new foods with both my Korean and American friends. I have been to the Zoo, which was crazy awesome. I also went to Taco Bell a few times because it is some how more delicious here than in the states. Who would have thought? I have also ordered McDonald to be delivered when my roommate and I are to tried from the days activities to move. Gangnam has also been a huge part of my week, because I have been going there almost every night. It is the highlight of the city so far and has ton of crazy shopping, people, food and beer. 

Speaking of beer, something that has been on my mind lately, most people drink it or some form of alcohol every meal. Mostly they don’t drink to get drunk in the middle of the day, like a lunch or breakfast. But, they do have a beer or a classic shot of Soju, whenever eating. I have been noticing lately that I am also picking up on that trend. Whenever I sit down for a big meal I usually order a cocktail or a beer. Never more than one, and if I do its usually on a Friday night. It is a interesting culture and I am learning more about it every day. 

School is going well. I am learning so much that most days I come home with a headache. There is no time to rest here though, when you only have minutes to catch your breath before moving on to the next activity it helps to remember the most important thing I have learned in class so far. “Go experience Korea.” At least that is what my History of Culture teacher has been saying. And I couldn’t agree more. I do wish that I was here for just a couple more weeks. I love this city, but I would love to see what else is in the country. Who lives in the farms? What are the small towns like? And most importantly who are they worshiping? God, Buddha, Mountain spirits? What are there temples like? Questions that will be answered later in life. I know for sure that I will be coming back to Korea because this culture has captured my interest and who knows if it will every let go. 

This weekend is going to be a busy one, I am heading to Busan to meet with friends that I haven’t seen in two years or two months (Jiye). I am beyond excited to be traveling with my dear friend Jane and we experience a city that is in the most southern edge of the country. It is know for beaches, clubs, and good food! What more can a girl ask for! For now I leave you all with the knowledge that I am happy, well and having the time of my life. I also leave you with, if it will load, a recording of a traditional Korean song and dance we got to see at the national Folk Museum. 

Peace, 
Liz 

““Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

““Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; h e will never leave you nor forsake you.”  Deuteronomy 31:6

 

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What a Week

I’ve been here in Korea now for a little over a week. So far, I have done so many things it is making my head spin.

So far I have gone to the Rainbow Stream, the main Palace, the Blue House (Presidents House), a traditional Korean village, Seoul North Tower, along with going on some side trips with my amazing Korean friends and a few of my new American friends. I am just so blessed to be here, along with the people who want to experience this culture, this amazing place that is truly a hidden treasure left in the world.

I have also started school this week. The main reason I am here is to study I guess. I am taking Beginning Korean Language, and Korean Cultural History. Both so far have proven to be interesting, but the language course has proven to be the tougher of the two.

Being the nerd that I am, the History course has taken my full attention. I love learning about something that I literally had no solid knowledge on before. My professor has spent most of his adult life living in Korea and studying what the culture has done, changed, and stayed the same. In short I’m buying all his books the moment I get back home.

The beginning of the country is a myth based on a scared oral tradition that has been past down of over 2000 years. America has nothing on that. This place is history in the making, history in the past and history of the present.

Along with making all of these amazing discoveries and just having a plain good old time down in Hongdae.

I have only fleeting moments by myself to realize that I do miss my home. I miss being able to go outside in the middle of the night and not here a single sound, I miss the smell of grass after its been mowed by my dad the third time that week, I miss my dog jumping up and down every night when my mom gets home and I miss my little sisters cooking for me whenever I ask nice enough, I miss going out with my friends to the middle of nowhere just to be in their company. I miss the family both in blood and in brotherhood/sisterhood that I left behind.

But, on a happier note I think that I am creating another little family here, not made in blood, but made in the experiences we are sharing. I know that coming out of this adventure is going to change us all for the better. Make us better, more global human beings, but I what I really know is that the friendships, new and old will thriving here in the heart of East Asia. I know that they will last a lifetime.

Peace,

Liz

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou

She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.-Proverbs 31:25

Rough Start, to a Wonderful Beginning

I made it! I made it to Seoul, exhausted, starving and very excited to meet my friends. A few bumps along the way, but the lane ride ended and I couldn’t have been happier!

My two wonderful friends Amy and Bo picked me up at the airport and took me to the school, where I registered, got my room assignment and was taken out to a meal of chicken. It was great! Plus we were met with my other friend Jane, who I was just as delighted to see. I have slept mostly since arriving and cant wait to get out on the town!

School orientation is tomorrow early, around nine I think, plus my dorm is having a ice breaker party tonight. Either way I am blessed and excited to be here. Thank God and thank you all for your prayers and love. I am one very blessed girl.

Peace,

Liz

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”-St. Augustine

I can do everything through him who gives me strength.- Philippians 4:13

A WEEK TO GO

So as it dawned on me early this very morning around say, 7:30 when my mother texted me, I realized that I only have seven days left in the USA.

I’m going to miss the fourth of July, I already missed Old Timers Weekend, I’m going to miss the week in July were there is a storm every night and sun all day. I’m going to miss Kmart…….BAHBHAHBHABHHABHHHAHAHA just kidding.

Though nothing is going to compare to what I get to experience while traveling around the world and my friends from the East told me to make a list. So I did. Like Amy (Ms. Hyun-ah Kim) said ” Thirty three days are not short days. We will make them memorable!”  I can’t agree more. I will make the most of this experience, going to as many *free* and inexpensive places as possible. So here it is my Korea Bucket List:

Insa-dong

Gyeongbokgung,

Deoksugung,

Changdeokgung,

Changgyeonggung

Jongmyo,

Changdeokgung’s adjacent Huwon

National Museum of Korea

Gyeongju,

Jejudo Island

Attend Korean Tea Ceremony

Temple Stay

War memorial and museum

 

Either way, I’m so blessed in this life and I plan on making the most of it.

Peace,

Liz

“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” Robert Louis Stevenson

“And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.” Luke 6:31

Hello Friends!

Good news, I leave for my next big adventure in less than fourteen days!
Bad news, I still have fourteen days of work.
More good news, I am going to blog about my adventure in the Eastern World!

So maybe I should tell you a little about myself and why I’m blogging. But let’s get real honest the only people who are probably going to read this will be my mother, my grandmother and my aunts. But, just in case I might as well give you out there the low down.

My name is Liz

I am almost 21 years old.

I am a Senior at Northern State University.

I am majoring in History, getting a minor  in Religious Studies and receiving a certificate in Public History. What am I going to do with that may you ask? Well I want to become a librarian or an archivist! But eventually I would like to start a charity or something that will bring books to children in every nation, along with teaching them how to read in English and their own language.

I like books, music, people, the internet, movies, religion, history and basically anything. I just am not a huge fan of soup or the noise that a fork makes when it scratches a plate or when people blow in my ear. (Happens a lot more than you would think)

Enough of that. Moving on. I will be travailing to Seoul, South Korea to study at Hanyang University. I will be there for a little over a month. While this is my first exchange, this is not my first time going overseas. I went to Europe last year for an life-changing 18 days. This is trip is a little different. I’m almost riding solo. By I almost I mean that I have plenty of friends over in Korea already that are willing to hold my hand as I explore their county as they did mine.

Anyway stay tuned for further information about: life, Korea, me, my friends, family and all around good time.

Peace and Blessings,
Liz

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart” Confucius

“The heart of person plans their way, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9

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