it’s already December 28th, and a new year is approaching. Just like last year, I didn’t actually celebrate Christmas much - at least not in the way I’m used to celebrating it in Norway. Obviously I don’t have my family here, and most of my friends have gone back to their hometowns (either permanently or just for the vacation). So on the 24th (which is when norwegians celebrate Christmas), I was invited to baiwei’s house - even though they don’t celebrate Christmas at all. I brought a little present, and lots of chocolate and tangerines to his place as it reminds me of Christmas~ It was so nice to stay at his house; just being together with someone on a day that it’s a given that I’d miss my family a lot. There’s always a lot of people at his house; other than his parents, they usually have uncles and aunts, and/or co-workers over for dinner and such. Of course they’re all very curious about me (being a foreigner and all), I guess cause they live kind of in the countryside where you normally wouldn’t see much foreigners at all. As usual, I had a really nice time; we ate lots of yummy homemade chinese food, played video games for hours, ate more chinese food, watched a movie, stuffed ourselves with chocolate and tangerines while watching korean comedy shows on tv, and then went out for a walk after it got dark. Actually, the first proper snowfall came that morning, so it was super cold outside!
Christmas decorations outside a random coffeeshop.
A Christmascard I received from a classmate who is back in Hong Kong for the vacation!
So far this week I haven’t been doing much, mostly I’ve just been in my room watching tv/dramas, preparing for level 5, studying some chinese, and attending my yoga classes. I now know basic chinese, but my vocabulary is still quite limited and I can definitely not hold a useful conversation yet haha. The other day I started watching a chinese drama (which is so good!), and it helps a little for me to learn some simple words and practice my pronunciation. I’m meeting baiwei again tomorrow, we’re gonna do the english and chinese language exchange thing and then either play games or sing karaoke afterwards! The first week of my vacation I was super busy, but after that I haven’t had that much to do. I’m really glad I signed up for the yoga class - not only does it kill time and make me have something to do three times a week, but I’m also enjoying it a lot (even if some of the classes are really hard..!). The lady who has the yoga-pilates class is really nice to me every time I come to her class, but she makes us do these ridiculous poses and says “ok, we’re gonna repeat this exercise ten times”, and then after that she says “ten more!!” - and on top of that makes us hold the pose for ten seconds afterwards… for example, we have to balance on our butt while forming a V (legs straight, back straight), and while balancing she makes us do slow situps without touching the ground, and then sideways sit-ups while still keeping our legs straight up and balancing on our butts.. I think I like her class the most out of all though, I really feel good afterwards! Oh and, one really can’t avoid kpop anywhere in korea; in my last yoga class we were listening to Big Bang and Epik High songs haha.
Preparing for level 5; I already bought the books weeks ago. Really looking forwards to learning more korean, and excited to meet my new classmates!
The landlady came knocking on my door earlier today giving me fresh bread with jam and a cup of coffee~ so thoughtful of her! Last week she brought me coffee-flavored ice cream at 11pm haha. I really like her :D