First let me admit a secret I’ve been keeping (none too well) - I am not tech savvy. I took so many pictures at the Yeoido Fireworks Festival about two weeks ago (which was a total nightmare), and then I switched phones and lost them all. SO frustrating!
But since it’s been awhile I really wanted to share something of my own. Unfortunately, there’s nothing particularly interesting for me to share. The fireworks festival I mentioned? I suicide attempt - the park was so crowd people almost created a stampede and dozens of children left the event injured and mentally scared. But I DID see some awesome fireworks that night.
And now it’s starting to get/is cold here in South Korea. So for those of you planning to come, please pack warm, WARM clothes! Layering is not always effective here, so be sure to have at least 1 substantial jacket.
More recently, I’ve been fighting with Windows 8, trying to earn some cash, and studying for midterms. Midterm week(s) here in South Korea are a real nightmare. The throngs on the streets thin out considerably as we all retreat into the depressing corners of our libraries, cafes, and rooms in the hopes that we can cram every bit of every lesson we’ve had thus far. After this week I’m going to need a vacation.
May the force be with us all.
Cafes are our Study Rooms and our Libraries
Locks at N Seoul Tower~
So Spring is finally here! And to celebrate the warmer weather, the trees finally beginning to bloom, and a new school year together, a few friends and I got together to commemorate this time in our youth with a lock at N Seoul Tower.
The tradition is that a couple will go to the tower - one of Korea’s most visited tourist sites - and buy a lock that they will write their names on; they then pick a spot on the fence that goes around the tower, lock it, and throw away the keys! This gesture symbolizes them securing their love for one another forever (whether they actually stay together or not). These days it’s also common for friends and families to go to N Seoul Tower and put locks on the fence with each other, like we did. (^-^) I did this with my family back in high school, and I’ve been dying to go again. It was a great afternoon and if you ever get the chance you should definitely visit with your loved ones.
Home Again, Home Again
안녕하세요 여러분/Hey everyone out there!
I just recently returned to Seoul, and started the new school semester at Sogang University. Life is going so well it’s kind of like a dream. Except for the fact that it is so cold outside - today’s high is 7 degrees Celsius (about 44 degrees Fahrenheit). I can’t wait for this weather to warm up! Other than that, I’ve been so glad to be back. I’ve also been doing a lot of this:
But with school just starting, I haven’t gone out with my camera much. There will be some neat events coming up soon which I’ll be sure to write about. In the meantime, though, I want know what you guys are dying to know as I help other students adjust to living in Korea for the first time. Maybe your interested in stopping by our neck of the woods too, or you’re just curious about what makes South Korea different from your country - well if you got any questions go for it!
So who’s first?
Architecture Seminar Field Trip 1 - Space Group Office!
So Marcus, my architecture professor here at Sogang, takes the class out on Wednesday to different cool sites in the city so we can talk about (of course) the architecture (discuss design, functionality, success of the structure, etc.), sketch some stuff in our field journals, and maybe grab some snack-age.
This is the first spot he took us to which is the office space of a firm founded by the late Korean architect Kim Swoo Geun. Kim Swoo Geun was a huge player in Korea during his time and his influence is still pretty prominent here in Korea. These are just a few pics of the Space Group building which if you ever get a chance to come check out in person - you totally should. Though be sure to make an appointment in advanced!
Also if you’re really into cool building and art culture, Space Group puts out a regular magazine that tells you all the happening places in and around Seoul as well as what’s new and going on in the different entertainment sectors. I haven’t found a copy myself yet, but I’m on the lookout.
Once again I have been awhile for what - in twitter and tumblr time - must be something like a millennium. Sorry everyone - this fast life is hard to keep up with. I don’t know how the party rockers do it. ;}
At any rate (assuming I don’t lose my internet connection again) I will soon be posting a few new things about being back in Korea, going to Sogang University, infatuation, friends, FOOD, creepers, and Samuel Park author of the Amazon Best Book of 2011, a People magazine “Great Reads in Fiction,” Today Show’s “Favorite Things,” a Kirkus Reviews’ Editor’s Pick, and an Indie Next List Notable Book - This Burns My Heart.
So stay tuned!