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Food Festival

So one of the most creative events held by the SNU buddy program so far was definitely the Food Festival. For every event, students are paired with one Korean buddy and three foreign exchange students. For this event we were required to meet at least once before the actual event, and hopefully at least 3-4 ...

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Shopping Spree 

So if there’s one thing I learned about myself since I came to Korea is that I have absolutely no impulse control when it comes to shopping. Like absolutely none. The first time I went shopping in Korea was on my birthday when I very impulsively bought a $65 perfume just because I liked the ...

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Eid and Buddha Day

After missing home on the day of Eid I spent the entire night talking to my family back in the U.S. I literally chugged two cans of americano that night to stay awake, and only slept for 3 hours. I woke up at 9 am to my mom’s call from the U.S. Seeing everyone in ...

Going to Wolmido Island in Incheon!

I don’t remember exactly how the fellow Drexel kids and I decided to go to Wolmido Island, but we initially knew that we all wanted to go somewhere that we haven’t yet been to. Incheon is a big city right outside of Seoul that none of us had seen and the obvious first go to ...

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DDP and Hongdae

So, it seems that I have found my favorite place in Korea: Dongdaemun, and Hongdae. The Dongdaemun Design Plaza or DDP has such a futuristic and creative type of feeling that makes me feel right at home. There are many malls there and even more restaurants there. There is also a Russian district which is ...

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Eid in Seoul

So unsurprisingly this Eid was very different from form the last 19 years of Eid that I’ve experienced. For starters, unlike every other Eid, I woke up extremely depressed, whereas in previous years I would wake up early because I was so excited. But I did find ways to uphold some traditions, one being that ...

Seeing the Korean Chicago Musical

Despite the fact that there are still restrictions on group gatherings and public dining (only groups of up to four people can gather in general, business curfews are at 10 PM, etc.), strangely enough to me, in-person musicals are still going on in Korea. I took full advantage of this, despite not knowing exactly why ...

Going to Lotte World!!

This was one of those day trips where I was completely prepared to let loose and become a child again. My friends and I had decided to spend a day at Lotte World, which is kind of the representative amusement park of Seoul or maybe even Korea as a whole. From what I was exposed ...

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Korean BBQ in Busan

So while only four of us took the train to Busan and we met up with another friend there, who is Korean but was raised in Kazakhstan, and she was a great help when we need to figure out how to book tickets a few times. We met up with her on Saturday and we ...

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Busan Trip

Last weekend, I was finally able to travel to Busan. There were four of us, three of whom are from Kazakhstan so three of them spoke Russian amongst themselves while I was left confused half the time. Also among the three of us, I am an early riser, and I like to make plans and ...