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August 31, 2014 | 08:21am
Mood: originally good, now frustrated

I kept meaning to update, but I just haven't had the desire to write.

Okay so. I came back to Korea on the 23-24, took a bus down to Jeonju, and stayed in a cheap love motel over night (35,000원). The next morning it was absolutely pouring (huge flooding happened in various parts of the country as well) and I called the person in charge of KGSP at the university who they told me to come over to the dorm at any time. After a bit of confusion I dropped my stuff off and headed down to Gwangju. I got my hair cut, picked up 3 of my bags, and took a bus back to Jeonju. My roommate had moved in by the time I got back; he was also from America (Michigan) and had lived in Korea before for a year. We get along ridiculously well, due to us both being fabulous. Ahaha.

Tuesday we went to Lotte Mart to get to supplies. Wednesday we went downtown and did a bit of exploring/shopping. Both of these days were move-in days for the other KGSP scholars so we didn't really have much to do. It was also quite awkward because nobody had met each other yet and didn't know what to do.

Thursday was when things changed. We had orientation at our language school (Jeonju University) and everyone started to talk to people around there. There are something like 85 scholars this year, plus about 13 people who hadn't passed the TOPIK last year. That evening we went for dinner/a walk with a fascinating group of people: 2 Americans, 2 Kyrgyz, 1 Kazakh, 1 Russian, 1 Dutch, 1 Belgian, 1 Moroccan, 1 Zambian, 1 Yemeni, 1 Moroccan, 1 Hungarian, and a few other people I can't remember off the top of my head. This has basically been my entire experience here; like some kind of joke. "An American, a Kyrgyz, and a Zambian go into a restaurant..."

Friday I had to cancel the bank account the uni set up for me because I already have one. After that I went with a variety of people (2 Kyrgyz, 2 Kazakh, 1 Hungarian, 1 Belgian, 1 Uzbek, 1 Russian) to Home Plus. After that long, tiring fiasco I got dinner with the Hungarian and a different Russian.

Saturday my friend Minwoo returned from backpacking in Europe and he drove me to Gwangju, where we picked up my remaining bags from Karine's, and then we went for lunch at the shabu shabu place in Pungam-dong - my last Gwangju shabu-shabu. :( After returning and unpacking, I went for dinner. 2 Americans, 1 Russian, 1 Dutch, 1 Moroccan, 1 Belgian. Then we stopped at a convenience store for drinking and met up with more people: 1 Lithuanian, 2 Mongols, 1 Uruguayan, 1 Brazilian, 1 Yemeni.

Today is Sunday and there's nothing on the schedule today except for going to Lotte again because I seem to have lost my shampoo/conditioner in the move (ugh!!!). I just did laundry, which was free (good job Jeonju Dae!) but the machine ate a sock and I suspect I'll never see it again (not cool). I'll try to be more on top of updating in the next week or so.

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AnnaSerene

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from: annaserene
date: August 31, 2014 01:25am (UTC)
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sounds exciting :)
one thing I like about studying in foreign countries is that you end up meeting people from all over the world!

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: August 31, 2014 08:13am (UTC)
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yeah, I never studied abroad, but this is what I always thought it'd be like...

but I think it may even be a bit more hardcore than that... like, my current uni has people from roughly 70 countries, and the scholarship program itself has people from roughly 145 countries. it's a fascinating experience!

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