Wednesday, August 29, 2012

My First Post

Hello Friends,

Finally I seem to have the time to create my first blog post. I can't believe I have only been here a week, it seems like I have been here for at least a month. I started off with the most uncomfortable plan ride inbetween two men that lasted for 14 hours. Finally I got off and sought to be picked up by the Yonsei services. It took almost an hour to drive to the University, but in that time I got to talk to a Korean student and see some of the landscape. Mountains, rivers, and of course millions of people. I have never lived in a city before so this all seems so new to me. Everyday you see so many people and walk along streets that you swear you have never seen before. There is so many shops and resturants and they all seem to be open 24 hours a day. The first night one of my new friends bought a tshirt in a department store at 11 at night! The following next couple days consisted of orenitation and getting situated into my new home. We went to Itaewon, which is a very touristy area, and got the mundane shopping needed to live in the dorms. The dorms, by the way, have air conditioning! and overall much nicer then the ones back at Gustavus. Each room even gets their own personal shower and toilet room. We spent our first Saturday night in Itaewon and went to a very traditional Korean resturaunt. We had to take our shoes off and sit cross legged as well.
This picture is a very broad picture of what the seating looked like. That night was the first night that one of us felt the wrath of Soju! It is basically vodka mixed with water and lemon, but it is cheaper then water. The weird thing is that Koreans drink it every time they dine out for lunch of dinner. It is almost disrespectful to not have a bottle of soju during the meal. My roommate was the victim of soju this night, and many good stories were born from this experience. Since then I have made more friendships and gone to a couple of other different places. The nightlife here is unbelieveable, and all the prices relatively cheap. There is always clubs you can go to and bars that serve beer for less then 2,000 won (less then 2 US dollars). School doesnt start tell the 3rd so we have been taking advantage of the free days by going out at nights. The campus itself is very large, but extremely beautiful. Come fall time and I will be taking many pictures to post for you guys to see. This blog will be mostly for updating on my daily travels and what not, but if you want to see my pictures go to my facebook page. Please, do not judge my writing skills. I will not be reviewing each blog nor correcting the puncation nor the spelling. I'm sure some of you will have fun doing that on your own :). Well thats it for now, I'm not too sure how often I will be doing this but if something significant happens or if im bored ill make sure to update it. Remember, my skype name is samwise.luby and you can IM me on that so we could text that way if you would like. Literally everywhere in Korea has wifi so its super easy.
Until next time!