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A Much Needed Update, My Latest Posts from Awhile Back

Hey all! Sorry about the recent lack of posting here, I have been blogging with Aclipse, but neglected to forward those links to this blog. Never fear though! The following are some of my more recent posts:

On Taking the GMAT

Thailand Travel

Tokyo

Kyoto

Jeju Island

Templestay

Family Visits Parts: I, II, and III

Sorry about the time lapse. I will be back home in the USA relatively soon, mid-June, but before then I plan on more travel and a lot more posting. See you then!

~Ariel

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A Thousand Years of Seoulitude: Weekend Return to Seoul!

Last weekend we had work off on Friday for Buddha’s Birthday, so we took the extra day and hopped on a bus to Seoul! Unlike my training week in Seoul a couple months ago, we had plenty of time to explore and be a tourist.

Me inside a hanger structure outside our hostel!

Me inside a hanger structure outside our hostel!

Me inside a soju bottle structure!

Me inside a soju bottle structure!

a cool building

a cool building

a colorful wall

a colorful wall

posing against a colorful wall

posing against a colorful wall

a hidden passageway leading to someone's backyard

a hidden passageway leading to someone’s backyard

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some reindeer sculptures

some reindeer sculptures

the subway crawling out of the underground and into the light of the city!

the subway crawling out of the underground and into the light of the city!

another cool building!

another cool building!

me eating squid

me eating squid

squid man

squid man

Ewha Woman's University, my future alma mater maybe in a dream of mine

Ewha Woman’s University, my future alma mater maybe in a dream of mine

the university continues, gardens galore

the university continues, gardens galore

an awesome staircase!

an awesome staircase!

me pretending I am just an ordinary student there no big deal

me pretending I am just an ordinary student there no big deal

the seal of the university!

the seal of the university!

why is there a statue of a MAN here. This is a woman's college!

why is there a statue of a MAN here. This is a woman’s college!

more beautiful gardens

more beautiful gardens

wow, the many ways to say hello!

wow, the many ways to say hello!

another sign

another sign

some graffiti!

some graffiti!

wow

wow

cool

cool

fun

fun

stellar

stellar

graffiti hoorah!

graffiti hoorah!

a man with a plan

a man with a plan

this is just a normal hair salon

this is just a normal hair salon

A flying turtle, cool!

A flying turtle, cool!

view from a soju hof, where you can get fancy soju cocktail things and fruit!

view from a soju hof, where you can get fancy soju cocktail things and fruit!

a cool building lit up at night!

a cool building lit up at night!

The next day was a bit gloomy, but we still managed to do some sightseeing.

oooooo a shell spire!

oooooo a shell spire!

a statue

a statue

Me, dressed as a king!

Me, dressed as a king!

We were all outfitted for free by the "I Am King" booth

We were all outfitted for free by the “I Am King” booth

the real king

the real king

some pillars

some pillars

The US Embassy

The US Embassy

a palace

a palace

a dog statue?

a dog statue?

Well, I tried, but I couldn't get him to smile.

Well, I tried, but I couldn’t get him to smile.

Another palace guard

Another palace guard

grilled meat!

grilled meat!

an omelette pancake thing that was delicious

an omelette pancake thing that was delicious

a festival/parade

a festival/parade

yay!

yay!

a pagoda park

a pagoda park

a very very old statue. so old, it was enclosed in glass!

a very very old statue. so old, it was enclosed in glass!

some sheep on a rooftop

some sheep on a rooftop

a butterfly girl

a butterfly girl

 

a changing of the guard

a changing of the guard

large drums are integral to this ceremony

large drums are integral to this ceremony

palace ceremony take 3

palace ceremony take 3

palace ceremony take 4

palace ceremony take 4

palace ceremony take 5

palace ceremony take 5

palace ceremony take 6

palace ceremony take 6

cool building alert!

cool building alert!

this one's alright too

this one’s alright too

another pagoda!

another pagoda!

pagodas in the middle of the city

pagodas in the middle of the city

fountain

fountain

a large bell!

a large bell!

Seoul was magnificent and we had a great time exploring. We stumbled upon some great things, like Korean bass tenors singing in art galleries and an amazing Stomp-like cooking show. I know we will be back soon to do it all again! And next time, we’re going to explore the DMZ!

Thanks for sharing this journey with me,

식사하셨어요? 안녕하세요!

Ariel

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Goodbye Seoul, Last Impressions

Hey guys! I made it through training! It was a very busy week, to say the least. First, I went through extremely efficient medical exams in a hospital that smelled like oranges and sported luxurious white couches. It was like a spa, but you were shuttled around through different medical exams instead of in and out of different saunas.

So that was nice, but training got intense once I got to the training center! It limited my time in Seoul, after training I just went back to the room and studied/mock taught forever. Now, I feel I’ve got the material and methodology down though, and I can’t wait to start teaching in Busan!

Ok, well, here are some photo highlights:

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Looking up after getting lost, a sculptural treat!

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Funny thing about the subway, fast closing doors on heart clasp purses!

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The most delicious things I’ve had in Seoul, walnut treats! Or walnut bread? I’m not sure actually…

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A wavy building, also found while lost.

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On the bus coming back from training! A tired, but happy, me.

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Super blowfish restaurant!

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One of the many iced teas I tried that week, this one was much better than the corn iced tea!

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Seoul underground subway mall. Reminiscent of the Cosmopolitan in Vegas right?

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More cool buildings!

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A golden hands statue!

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A very cool curvy sculpture.

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An egg structure!

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Eating noodles! It was a lunch special and one of my last meals in Seoul

Eating noodles! It was a lunch special and one of my last meals in Seoul

Miss you all!

즐거운 저녁 되세요!

Ariel

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Seoul Searching Day One: To the Han River!

Today I walked briskly down Gangnam-daero to the Han River, past many bustling people and shops blaring Justin Bieber. I also passed some pretty unique buildings along with  a man dancing Gangnam style, and ventured down into a huge metro area to try and arrive at the other side of the street. When I made it to water, I bought myself a treat:

Apple juice sodaaaaa

Apple juice sodaaaaa! It was delicious

Ferry boat restaurant?

Ferry boat restaurant?

Hanging out by the river yeahhh

Hanging out by the river yeahhh

River view number two

River view number two

Bridge structure

Hannom Bridge structure

River views

River views

Bike path!

Bike path!

Han River overlook

Han River overlook

A statue by the bridge!

An adorable statue by the bridge! I believe it is a dog?

Another cool building.

Another cool building.

Basketball Building

Basketball Building

A gas station!

A gas station!

A japanese restaurant! Purokanjankejan, perhaps...

A japanese restaurant! Purokanjankejan, perhaps…

The Urban Hive! A pretty holy building.

The Urban Hive! A pretty holy building.

And to conclude my walk, I snapped a photo of another sculpture, back in Gangnam, down near where I’m staying.

Flower rod sculpture in Gangnam

Flower rod sculpture in Gangnam

Goodnight everyone!

굿나잇!

Ariel

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To Seoul!

I made it you guys! I made it to Korea! Me and my two large suitcases and two carry-ons stepped onto the South Korean turf of the Incheon-Seoul International airport yesterday night. It was similar to many other international airports, sleek and streamlined and ideal for arriving-passenger-herding to the baggage claim. I was sad to leave the plane because I took a Singapore Airlines flight and, number one, the flight attendant’s outfits were gorgeous. Number two, the inflight entertainment was crazy amazing (600 channels of movies!). Number three, the food was delicious and plentiful, and number four, I was a bit nervous about landing and dreading donning my large backpack yet again.

Well, I was not in control of the plane, so we landed smoothly without any hold ups and I hauled my things to the immigration line. Which was unremarkable except for the fingerprinting machine they had. Do they have those everywhere? I don’t recall, but these were very official-looking. From there I picked my other bags up at the claim and shuffled around to where I thought I might be able to buy a bus ticket. Hm, wrong way. Then I ran into a taxi man who assured me it would be easier to take a cab but I was insistent on following the printed out detailed instructions given to me by Chungdahm, and he looked them over and pointed in another direction, which I went in, but got lost, and finally found a bright yellow transportation help station! The lady inside wrote down the bus number I needed and I changed my USD to South Korean won, bought a ticket (with a tiny snafu in which I comically miscounted the amount of zeros on some of the won bills, 10000 won is like 10 dollars! Crazy. Too many zeros.), and was on my way to Seoul! The bus was luxurious, with seats that laid waaaaay back and lulled my to sleep. I did spot red fog brushing mountain tips and some multi-colored rainbow light bridges before drifting off though! So that was my first glimpse of the city.

Next step, bus to cab and cab to hotel. I’m staying at the Coatel, in Gangnam, and it’s super nice. Heated wooden floors and two tvs and a kitchen included. I’m waiting on two more roommates to join me but for now I feel like a million bucks! Or a billion won? Who knows. It’s nice though, and I included some quick glimpses for you below:

Living Room

Living Room

View from my window!

View from my window!

View below my window!

View below my window!

Kitchen View

Kitchen View

Thanks for reading! Next post will be more exciting (with more pictures) I promise.

 

사랑해!

Ariel

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