All posts by Elizabeth Le

Italian Food In Hongdae

I’ve touched on this subject slightly while talking about my journey of finding some American comfort foods here in Seoul, but I think many people would agree with me when I say there’s much to be eaten in Seoul besides Korean food. I’m also sorry that so many of my posts are about food, but ...

Finding Comfort Foods in Seoul

There were many nights spent lying awake in my hostel simply thinking about cheese. Cheese and salad, although that may be weird for some people. I, however, am a big fan of salad. So it wasn’t particularly hard finding food I missed having from home and I think it could even be argued that a ...

Exploring Bukchon Hanok Village

It quickly became apparent to me that I was in a city with a such a long history, especially compared to anywhere in America, and it was fascinating to see some very old palaces and general traditional buildings that have been preserved. I took a day to go to Bukchon Hanok village, a 600 year ...

A Guide to Help Reduce Bus-Taking Anxiety

Similar to how many others would feel taking public transportation in a new country for the first time, I was very nervous before I took my first bus ride in Korea. This may have also been due to my own personality, as I was also very nervous taking public transportation for the first time when ...

Korean Cafes I’ve Enjoyed Pt. 2

And the quest to continue finding interesting cafes continues!! As I am nearing the 2 month mark of me being in Korea I feel as if I’ve been to so many cafes regularly during the week that their qualities are starting to meld together and the initial shock of having an abundance of great cafes ...

Korean Convenience Stores

I should start by saying the number one thing I wish I could bring back with me from Korea is an entire convenience store. I don’t know, I never really found American convenience stores very useful in my daily life back home, but thinking about leaving behind the perks of having Korean convenience stores is ...

Cherry Blossom Season Has Arrived!

One of the things I remember looking forward to doing in Korea as I’d be here in the spring is to go see the cherry blossoms! As an onlooker of this season up until now, it always seemed pretty exciting, almost like an indicator of the turnover from gloomy days to lighthearted days. I was ...

Korean Cafes I’ve Enjoyed Pt. 1

I can confidently say that I’ve visited more cafes in the few weeks I’ve been in Korea than in my entire life prior to studying abroad here. I think a large part of this comes from the fact that café culture is nearly nonexistent in the United States, but even then the nice cafes we ...

A Day at My Exchange University

Don’t get me wrong, I was still excited to see what my school experience could have been like by going to Hanyang University’s campus in-person; I’ve imagined how my experience abroad may have been different had I been attending classes in-person and living in the dorms on campus. To be quite honest, at the end ...

Freedom! To Hongdae/Kondae!

I’m really not kidding when I say that I counted down until my first day out of quarantine very intensely. I believe I arrived in South Korea on a Saturday and was allowed to leave quarantine two weeks later on a Sunday at exactly noon. During this time, I had to report my temperature on ...