All posts by Danlin Zhao

Four-day Weekend at Japan

Somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit growing up was Japan. Japanese culture made an entrance to my life early on once I discovered art and animation. It continues to influence my style in drawing and holds a near and dear part of my childhood. I figured since I was doing study abroad in Korea, and ...

Cats, Dogs, and Coffee- Oh My!

An extremely trendy pastime around here is to sit back and relax in cafes around here. You could find a handful of coffee shops on every couple of blocks. You don’t need to look far for a quick pick-me-up. You may be thinking of a regular coffee shop, but we’re talking about Korea, so what’s ...

Woah, we’re halfway there

Midterms week is here and while studying has definitely been on my mind, another thing on my mind is how this event has officially marked the halfway mark of the term. I must say though, in no way does that mean I am a pro at navigating through Korea. There are still so many instances ...

Fighting Homesickness

After the dust begins to settle and the craziness of moving to a foreign country winds down, it becomes easy to start feeling a little homesick. As someone who had always lived at home with my parents, it was a huge leap to studying abroad for 4 months. Here’s the thing about moving out for ...

Preparing for Midterms

I can’t believe midterms is in two weeks already. It feels just like yesterday when I got on a plane to come to Korea. These weeks have been passing faster than I could have imagined. This might have something to do with the fact that my classes aren’t really work-heavy and that I made my ...

Spring Flower Festival at Yeouido Park

It officially became Spring a few weeks ago and with that comes the season of warmth and flowers! Since I arrived in Korea towards the later end of Winter, trees were pretty barren and flowers were something you had to go out of your way to find. For some reason, I didn’t expect Korea to ...

I’d like to order, please

It’s obvious that traveling to a foreign country after taking the minimal language course is not the most optimal choice if you’re trying to communicate well with others. I was often reassured by others that Koreans actually know a lot more English than we expect, and that everything would be labeled in English. To some ...