8/31/2014

Published 8/31/2014 by

Update from Korea ~

Hello everyone! It's been 3 months...how has everybody been? Getting back to blogging after a long break is really hard. Still, I have SO much to share. I'll start by sending heartfelt greetings from Korea. ~
▲ Me re-exploring the Seoul subway system and also a half-assed OOTD.

As I'm writing this post I am sitting in a box, better known as Goshiwon and looking forward to a very, very busy autumn. This is my 4th visit to Korea, but I've only experienced Korean summer... last time I was sad to leave just as the weather started getting milder... this time I am really excited about enjoying Korean autumn! 
Also, there's lots of stuff in my agenda: My quest to find an apartment/officetell, friends visiting, Chuseok (Korean "thanksgiving"), trips to at least 2 traditional Korean cities with Gu, start of Korean classes at Yonsei University and the preceding placement test (I should get at least into level 2 or level 3) my mother & brother coming to Korea... and maybe, maybe even a short trip to Japan...
that would make 2014 my super awesome China-Korea-Japan travel year! (*≧▽≦)
▲ The way I see temples has changed and they have become a place to find peace in the hustle and bustle of the city

Even without a Japan trip I can say this year has been life-changing... i have been changing so much in the last 1 1/2 years it's really amazing! My experience in the temple... it's hard to describe it, it's not like I changed because of what I learned there, although I did experience and learn a lot, but mostly it changed my approach to things. I finally started implementing things that I had already read or thought about before. Also it gave me a deep sense of contentment and peace. It's really not easy to describe how much that experience influenced me without sounding cheesy. No, I don't have my life figured out and I'm not enlightened (:P) but the way I approach life has started shifting.


▲ Ah Yonsei University! Still pretty as ever, although the main entrance is under construction - seems like construction work is all around me - after leaving my mothers place which was being renovated...the second temple in China was also having construction work done ;)

Coming back to Korea after the temple stay was a mild shock... I felt overwhelmed with all the superficial pop culture here and am still struggling to keep the mindful mindset we trained in the temple. Another big struggle is living alone. I've never lived alone before. I lived with my father, in a dormitory with roommates, shared an apartment with friends/an old lady with my own room... right now I am living alone, not knowing the other people in this Goshiwon and only relying on myself and Korean friends who don't live nearby. I have to /gasp/ go out and eat meals alone... I don't know if it sounds ridiculous but entering a restaurant (not a coffee shop)  and sitting down to have a meal (not a burger) alone still seems like a strange thing in Korea. Eating out is a social thing. I might write about this topic in more detail in another post...

▲ Yes, I made it to Busan! I stayed 1 week and will definitely visit again this year! So much more to explore. Busan dialect is adorable, erm I mean, badass! ( ´∀`)

Anyway, there are SO many pictures from China and Korea to share, stories to tell... will you bear with me? m(._.)mアリガト
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