school started last week, and I’ve been super busy since then. My classmates are really nice, and we’ve already had two class meetings so far (typically eating together, playing games at a multibang, singing karaoke, going to coffeeshops etc). Everyone keeps saying they wish they had the atmosphere of our class - we’re really having a lot of fun during class, and we have many interesting discussions etc. Our class is probably the most diverse one in level 5; there are people from China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Columbia, Vietnam, Thailand and Norway (me). I think this also makes our class discussions a lot more interesting, since everyone has quite a different view on things, and can talk about how things are in their own country.
Our teachers are also nice, especially our pregnant reading-teacher who is quite funny and really good at explaining words and expressions. She’s almost 7 months pregnant, and walks up several floors of stairs in HIGH HEELS.. so we always tell her to take the elevator and wear comfortable shoes haha. Also, we have a class of our own choice three times a week, and I chose Hanja class (learning chinese characters commonly used in Korea). Surprisingly our Hanja teacher is my teacher from level 2, whom I really like! and also, the Hanja class is for both level 5 and 6 students, so Diana is also in my class :D
A study room in Sinchon I went to with one of my classmates yesterday.
On Sunday I went to the airport to meet Yijing. We had decided to meet at a coffeeshop in the airport where we parted the day she left for China, but since her plane was an hour late, I decided I’d just wait for her at the gate she’d be arriving. I waited and waited, but didn’t see her anywhere and got kinda worried. I couldn’t call and ask where she was, cause she didn’t have a korean phone anymore.. after a while I sent her a message through Kakaotalk, since the airport has wireless internet, but the reception wasn’t so great. Yijing’s boyfriend kept sending me messages through Kakaotalk asking me if I met her yet, which I hadn’t, and then it seemed like we both got in touch with her at the same time; yijing said she’s waiting at the coffeeshop, I said I couldn’t find it and told her to come to the gate, then her boyfriend told me to go to the coffeeshop where she’d be waiting, but Yijing went back to the gate since I said I couldn’t find the coffeeshop… so when I finally got to the coffeeshop, she had already gone to the gate haha. After running like crazy all over the airport, I finally found her! We got back home, I helped her pack out a little, we went to buy some things she needed, and then we ate dinner in the second floor of our building - the new chicken restaurant! the food was delicious, so we’re definitely going there again.
On Monday I went with Yijing to a hairsalon nearby, to color and cut her hair. I brought my korean books for studying while she got her hair done, and the guy doing her hair was so funny. He kept asking us questions mostly about our life in Korea and how we like it here etc, and seemed quite fascinated by two foreigners talking together in korean. He kept giving us hot-choco refill, and even offered to give us one for take-out when we were gonna leave (I guess it’s a korean thing to have small coffeeshops inside the hairsalons, we sure don’t have that kind of things in Norway at least!).
Other than that I’ve been super busy studying korean, studying chinese and hanja, going to yoga-classes, going with Yijing to different places for shopping and such, doing language exchange, preparing my 10 minutes long presentation about a newspaper article (which went quite well) etc. Oh and, on Sunday I decided to buy new warm shoes (since the korean winter is supposed to last until march some time), but of course the very day after, the weather got really mild and almost Spring-like; around 8 degrees, not particularly windy, a little sunny during the day. I do want Spring to come faster, but why does it have to be right after I buy new warm winter shoes..?! ahh frustration haha.
Pictures taken inside one of my favorite coffeeshops~