Before getting into the logistics of things, I want to clarify what the DMZ is for readers who are unfamiliar with Korean geography and history. The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is the area that extends 2 km from the North-South Korean border on both sides. The DMZ is a civilian-restricted area, so anyone who visit must be part of a tour group. Overall, while the DMZ is heavily secured, the level of tension and security is nowhere close to the JSA/Panmunjom (which I will talk about further down). In order to enter the DMZ, our tour bus had to cross the Unification Bridge, where barricades are strategically placed in various lanes to (what I'm assuming) slow down vehicles intentionally.
About two weeks ago, I was in search of fresh new ideas for blog posts. Thanks to Jennifer, I think this blog post would shed some light on our identities abroad, culture shock, and homesickness....
What unexpected things do I miss from home?
This was the question that Jennifer posed to me. As a mini-project, I decided to set out and ask this question to four of my closest friends here at Ewha and myself. All five of our backgrounds and experiences are diverse and drastically different, so I believe our answers will reflect that.
And since it's Thanksgiving and the beginning of the holiday season, I think this blog post perfectly reflects the things that we love and the things that we are grateful for this time of year.
This year's Chuseok break (Korean Thanksgiving) resulted in a 10-day vacation; the next 10-day Chuseok will be in 2025. With such a long holiday, the logical solution would be to TRAVEL! Before arriving in Korea, my mom and I both planned a trip to visit Japan, a country that neither of us have been to before. For two people without any knowledge of Japanese (except for hi, thank you, and sorry), I'd say we did pretty well in Osaka and Tokyo.
I have already received so many questions from others asking me about Ewha and the differences between Ewha and Macalester, so in this post, I will address some of the aspects of Ewha in contrast with Mac. Here are some background info on both schools first:
As someone who has moved between over seven schools during her K-12 career, I will say that I am lucky enough to adapt quickly to new environments and am flexible enough to play things by ear. However, for other potential students looking to study abroad or want to figure out how to adjust to a new environment, I am dedicating this blog post to write about how I maintain my personality and sanity while making the most of the experience in an entirely different country.
I'm in Seoul for 4 months, so why not make the most out of my experience?
In an attempt to leave with no regrets post-study abroad, I decided to make a bucket list for my semester-long experience in Korea. In no particular order, I have listed everything that I want to do in the next few months. The list below is categorized into different sections but in no way all inclusive (I probably forgot several things). After the end of the semester, I hope do an updated version of this bucket list and see how many items I was able to check off!
Items marked with * means that I already completed it :)
During my free time, my friends and I try to leave Ewha's campus to explore other parts of Seoul. In this post, I'll write about my experiences Sinchon, Myeongdong, Hongdae, and the National Museum of Korea.
A 15 minute walk from campus or 1 subway station away on Line 2, Sinchon can be found filled with young university students (from Ewha and Yonsei) and young couples during the night. There are tons of cafes everywhere, two McDonalds on either end of the street, and a thirteen-story U-Plex mall. The outdoor benches allow musicians and dancers to busk late at night, and the atmosphere is always vibrant. I'm at Sinchon almost every other night (mostly trying to find food- hahaha) and it's a great place to stroll in the evening.
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