Today is my last day in Korea, and I won’t be coming back until October. I’m leaving a bit early because of some troubles with my visa (I was originally gonna leave in the middle of June, but suddenly got a phonecall from the immigration office saying that I’m still in Korea on my student visa, and since I’m not studying right now I need to get out of Korea as soon as possible. I thought that since I went to China, I’d come back to Korea on a tourist visa - but I was wrong). I called the flight company and asked to change the return date of my ticket, but they said it can not under ANY circumstances be changed.. so I ended up having to buy a new ticket. Boyfriend is also coming to Norway and will be staying for 3 months, but he will be leaving Korea in the middle of June on the date when I was supposed to go (originally we were gonna go together). So yeah, I’m leaving tomorrow afternoon, and it hasn’t really sunken in yet. Going back to cold, windy, rainy Norway - yet I’m somewhat excited. I went shopping last Friday to get all the things I will be needing while I’m in Norway (isn’t it funny how I used to go shopping in Norway for what I needed during my stay in Korea - now it’s the opposite lol). So I spent quite a lot of money on the makeup and skincare products that I use, plus some clothes and such. Now I’m well prepared for 5 long months in Norway!
I’ve been back in Korea for about a month or so now, and the first week I was pretty much just studying for the TOPIK test and spending some time with the boyfriend. Then I had the TOPIK test - which went ok, but not great, thanks to the ridiculously scary ahjussi teacher who kept talking during the whole first half of the test, and yelled at someone every 5 minutes. I couldn’t concentrate very well at all - I’m sure the teachers are not allowed to behave like that… So after getting the results in June, I will decide whether or not to take the test again.
Still hooked on bubble tea - I’m trying out all the delicious flavors~! so many new bubble tee stores have opened up all around Seoul lately, so nice!
Boyfriend and I got new pretty couple rings to celebrate our 100th day together in advance. Since I have to leave Korea a little earlier than planned, we won’t be able to see each other on our 100th day which is a little sad.. Korean couples always make a big deal out of the 100th day, but for boyfriend and I we’ll just get the rings and then we’ll celebrate properly once we reach 6 months!
Recently I’ve spent a lot of time with the boyfriend, hung out with some close friends, and just had a good time in general. Boyfriend and I went to Busan for a 3-days vacation about a week ago, and it was so nice! We spent lots of time on Haeundae beach where we had sort of a picnic (with fruits and ice cream hihi) while watching the ocean and talking. The first day we went to the beach, the wind was super strong, but the second day the weather was so perfect. Did I mention that the weather is super summery here in Korea these days?? it’s been really hot for a little while..
We also spent a few hours at a huge super-nice sauna (jjimjjilbang), where I went once before together with Erica the last time I was in Busan. It’s located inside a shopping mall, and looks so nice on the inside. The entrance fee is a little expensive, but definitely worth it! I especially enjoyed the outdoor footbath area~!
For transportation we took advantage of a free shuttle-bus service for foreigners, which I’ve used once before when I went to Kyeongju, and I’d recommend this for all foreigners in Seoul who wants to visit Busan or Kyeongju! The bus is so nice and comfortable!
Also, me, boyfriend and his cousin spent a few days showing his cousin around a little in Seoul, and one of the places we went was the president’s house (at least that’s what I think it was.. lol). The security was so strict there..!
Picture taking by boyfriend’s cousin while we were looking at the president’s house. can you guess where I am? haha
I’ve written before about my korean penpal whom I lost contact with a few years back, and how I wanted to meet her now that I’m in Korea.. Well a few days ago I finally heard from her again - she was quite surprised upon getting to know that I’ve been in Korea since 2010 studying korean! We decided to meet once before me going back to Norway, so we met for the very first time today. It was so nice to finally meet her, and we had so much to talk about! we had a really good time walking around in Daehangro talking about everything, laughing, drinking bubble tea, eating delicious waffles and looking around inside the campus of Sungkyunkwan University where she studies. I have a feeling we’re gonna become really good friends, and can’t wait to meet her again when I come back to Korea in October!!
Now I need to pack the final rest of my things, get a good nights sleep, and then go to the airport tomorrow. Excited to see family and friends again, but little sad to leave Korea this soon.. I’ve really had the best time ever this time in Korea!!