As I had already announced this year would be very Asian... and now I can proudly announce that I'll be spending 10 weeks taking Korean Classes in Seoul at Yonsei KLI (Korean Language Institute) this summer! (I'll write about this in more detail later.) I'm specially proud about this because I'd been thinking about doing this since last year's ...spring, maybe? Then in the meantime I (pretty spontaneously) was lucky enough to be able to go to Japan for 3 weeks (thanks to my sponsor/mother) but I had never given up this Korea project and I wanted to earn all the money and do the planning myself.
For me this is not just one of my biggest motivations (yes, I've been quite depressed and not just lately) but also a personal test in several aspects: First it brings a spacial distance from my boyfriend and our insecure future and gives me time to think about our relationship (no, we haven't broken up but I think I need the distance from him, our apartment and Switzerland), secondly - despite being for only 3 months and as a student - it might give me an idea if I can imagine living in Korea in the future. The last few years I had been confident that I would go back and live in China for a few years (and I might still do so but that is also strongly related to my boyfriend and our possible common future) but recently Korea has become my number one choice - unfortunately I haven't got the language skills (yet?) and that's a big minus... for now. The third reason is the 'self-realization' aspect: I had wanted to do this for a long time and my experience in Japan already showed me that I can make friends and adapt quickly to a new environment. I've been feeling bad about myself for a long time - mostly due to school and also personal problems - and I really need this challenge / fresh air to get more self esteem.
Ok, this post isn't intended to be depressive so let's leave it like this. Anyway... in less than 2 months I will be in Korea! (*≧▽≦) ~ ♪❤
I recently received theGothic and Lolita Bible Vol. 47 and yesterday I got over my laziness and finally finished scanning it. Clickthe cover for the download link - and enjoy! ❤
Following are my personal outfit picks but first some explanations:
❤Lately I haven't dressed much in Lolita - I've felt too "dressed up", as if I was cosplaying. ❤I'm trying swift to a simpler Lolita style, one that when you see me wearing it looks 'naturally me'. ❤Retro Sweet or Cute Classic styles without too many accessories appeal most to me ~ ❤I'm not really into Gothic or OTT Sweet so please excuse if they are not in my picks XD''
Our first day trip! I think we were all super excited about visiting Kyoto! The only downer was the grey, rainy weather. By 9 we had all boarded our rental bus and took off to our 1 hour ride. Tao tried to console us about having a rainy first trip saying that most of Winter School's trips to Kyoto had been rainy... T_T
HY (sitting next to me) immediately fell asleep so I started practicing napping too.
1 hour later we arrived in Kyoto and as we were driving by old buildings and seeing lots of people in Kimonos I slowly started falling in love with this city and quietly decided to visit again some day. =3
After getting off at the Kinkakuji (金閣寺) or Rokuonji (鹿苑寺) as it is officially called and getting our tickets, we entered the garden and took tons of photos at the first scenic spot.
The Kinkakuji in all it's beauty and my favorite pastime: Taking photos of people taking photos. ^^
Afterwards we were free to walk around the beautiful garden (I'd really love to see this place in Spring)
I'm a sucker for nicely decorated roofs XD
While driving through Kyoto's main streets (so beautiful T_T ) we saw many dressed-up young people and were told that it was Coming of Age Day (成人の日).
This Japanese holiday is held to celebrate young people who reach age or majority (20 years old).
It was very beautiful to look at so many young women in Furisode (振袖) some kind of formal long-sleeved kimono walking elegantly down the rainy streets and meeting up with guys in suits. kk
Our next stop was Yasaka-Jinja (八坂神社) and Gion (祇園). Please wait for my next entry ~