Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Day 112: Two finals in one day!

I fell behind again after I got sick so here's to catching up once again!

I also finished these post earlier. Here's the link:
Day 111: Last Korean class!
Day 110: Snowy night at Holly's


We already took our Korean Wave final last week, which meant we had nothing else all day leading up to our two first Korean finals today!

I'd been busy writing on my Media Communication final and only started (and finished) writing my 3-minute speech for today late last night. So I spent today practicing it and learning it by heart.
Forget about preparing for the reading-out-loud exam we had today as well. I didn't have time for that.

We started out with the 3-minute speech final and it actually went fine. I wasn't as nervous as last time and didn't make many mistakes so I'm overall satisfied.

After the speeches, our teacher gave us a 5-10 minutes break to prepare for the reading test in.
While quickly looking at which texts we could end up being tested on, Isabella showed me the text that she hoped she wouldn't get. It was a story about a boy, who wet his bed at night. I found it mildly interesting how they'd decided to make the pee stain on the bedding the same shape as Korea (with an awkwardly placed Jeju island).
Our teacher made us pick straws with numbers saying which text we had to read aloud. I picked the hardest one (like last time) but I think even that went better than last time as well. Isabella got the bed wetting text but she did fine too.

After class, Isabella and I decided to eat dinner together.
I hadn't brought my jacket to class and had to go get it before we left, however, so we met up inside the main entrance of the language building. Here I found yet another tree for my 'fake-trees-in-Korea' collection. This one had little sheep attached to it. Oh Korea. 

We ate some quick dinner at Subway and afterwards stopped by the bakery I took a picture of two days ago to buy Isabella some cake. It's always good to reward yourself after an exam ^ㅅ^
 Here's an angry Isabella face. After the exam, she sent an equally mad selfie to all of her Snapchat friends to convey her feelings about having to take finals. 

Tonight's air was fresh and after having been shut in all day preparing for the final, I decided to slower my pace a little while walking home. Once I did, I was hit by the fact that I will be going home soon. It made me miss Seoul already.

Interestingly, during my speech I talked about making a lot of memories here before we all go home and that we should all take pictures that we can look back at in the future.
Next time it snows, I'll grab my jacket and go out to take pictures no matter the time of the day. I do hope that it'll be at night, though, so I can catch the lit up Christmas tree on campus that Hajun sent me a picture of the other night.

Tomorrow is our 말하기 (malhagi = speaking) final where we will have individual 8-minute long "interviews" with our new teacher. Our teacher is super sweet so I'm not as nervous about it as I was during our midterm finals. And once tomorrow's exam is over, my worries will be too.
I didn't feel like the reading and grammar finals were too hard last time so I don't fear those at all.

Our final is pretty late tomorrow as well (my time is 16.32-16.40) so I'll take the rest of today off and prepare for the interview tomorrow.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Day 111: Last Korean class!

Today I went on 'early' adventures in Sinchon and ate rice burgers with Hajun.
On our way, we walked past this super typical Korean home - construction workers were working on a fancy modern-looking building right beside it. It was a great example of how old meets new here in Seoul.
And Hajun pointed out yet another fake Christmas tree for my collection! This one is made with beer cans ㅋㅋㅋ

While we were out walking, we discussed how cold the weather had suddenly become. I believe today was the coldest day we've had so far. It wasn't under -5°C but we had a real feel temperature of -13°C(!) due to the strong gust of wind and dry air. Horrible.

We split up some time in the afternoon so Hajun could go to his late class. I, too, had my last class of Korean in the afternoon today!
Since it was our last class and we'd already gone through all the vocabulary and grammer that we had to, I thought that today's class would be relaxing. Boy was I wrong. We spent 2 hours hardcore going through some assignments that we were supposed to have done over the weekend in preparation for the exams this week. I hadn't done them due to having worked on the Media Communication paper, though.

Since I didn't have many interesting pictures to share with you today, let me instead suggest a song that I heard playing outside a store on my way back home - Rainbow's Mach!
It's a pretty old song (2010) so I'm surprised I haven't heard it before. Give it a listen!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Day 110: Snowy night at Holly's

Yet another day of me being a good 학생 (haksaeng = student)!

Feeling a lot better today, I spent pretty much all day working on my Media Communication final and had a few breaks here and there to keep me sane and my blood suger high. My throat is a lot better now and I was even able to sing a little today while working.

Isabella asked if I wanted to join her for sushi again tonight at the usual place (Tamago, Sinchon) to which the answer was obviously yes. I love their avocado roll!

Afterwards I went into Holly's Coffee to continue working on my assignment. I snapped a picture of the bakery close by because I love the tree outside and how they decorated the windows for Christmas.
Since finals are coming up, a lot of Korean students have begun coming to cafés as well to study. I was lucky to find a spot in front of the window on the 2nd floor.
There's something about studying at cafés like this that I'm going to miss when I go back to Denmark. When I go to a café here in the evening, it's almost completely quiet. Those who are talking are extremely wary of not disturbing others and people stay here for hours studying late into the night, barely noticing when others come and go and come back with one more coffee. Sitting there between Koreans, studying too, made me really feel part of society. I love it here.

Hajun, who had been working on his group project, joined me after a couple of hours.
When he came, he told me that it was snowing and dragged me outside to see.
It's weird how it can snow a lot here but nothing will build up on the ground. The wind was strong and the air was dry so we didn't even get wet when the snow hit us.
It had been almost full when Hajun had arrived but luckily some people soon left their table on the 3rd floor.
When I'd first come, I'd noticed these 3 engineering students, who were fiddling with something. When they moved to the larger table behind us, one of them greeted Hajun. It turned out they were from the same university as him!
They play music at Holly's - often acoustic-sounding covers of popular English songs or slower K-pop songs - but quiet enough as to not disturb people working there.
At some point I noticed that the song that was about to start felt just a bit more familiar than the others. And made me just a bit more happy.
Could it be?
It was ONE OK ROCK's Hard To Love! Was their song actually being played in a café in Korea? I knew that they were huge in Japan but.. in Korea? I was starstruck for some reason.
And it was the exact song I'd been singing today!
It felt the universe was strangely in place somehow.
We went outside again later that night. I still don't understand what it is with Koreans and cranking up the heat inside stores and café during the winter. It makes outside seem even more cold and makes me sweat whenever I'm inside since I've dressed warmly due to the weather. I don't understaaaaand. Holly's Coffee is especially warm! Sometimes it's nice to take a short break outside.
Now that it was weekend and this late, there were no busses or cars on the road and I finally had a chance to catch the light bulbs put up along "the main road" (Yonsei-ro) here in Sinchon.
We studied until 3am that night. I finished enough of my assignment in order to pass (I need 60/100) and after having struggled for a while with the part that would give me my last 40 points, I decided that I'd worked enough today.
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