Disclaimer: I started writing this from my phone during class, I will explain why.
So as you know, I’m in Korea, taking classes in Korea. One, in particular, is a short film script writing class and today we got to read/perform other student’s scripts. Which I usually think is cool. I can bust out my acting chops and do a little something acting wise. But as most of the students in my class are Korean. No problem there, the teacher allows them to turn in the scripts written in Korean so to the people unable to understand Korean (me) are left high and dry. She had made this pretty clear the first week when she complained about this class having to be taught in English, so she allows them to turn in work in Korean. This is where the problem lies for me, although she has valid reasons. The media market these students will enter will most likely be one spoken entirely in Korean (Pause.) It still left me awkwardly sitting in class for 45+ minutes just on my phone. Yes, I know that can be seen as disrespectful, but else am I supposed to do? I don’t know what is happening, why they are laughing one moment, or moments later the teacher is crying I felt out of place. To deal with it, I sat on my phone until the teacher pops back into English only to explain the positives of the script they just read which I don’t understand why because it was all in Korean. Luckily because there a few of us English speaking foreigners in class she also picked some of our scripts to perform as well
So this post will be a little different as I’ll actually be talking about an area in Korea for once, instead of me blabbing about my personal life. As it is my first post of this kind I will be working on the formatting. This post will be a mixture my experience and things my friend Hy told me at the time.
Gwanghwamoon 광화문 It was the Center of the city during the Chosun Dynasty (1392-1897). It’s where the Gyeongbokgung Palace resides. During our walk in the area they were playing a navy song. I was informed by Hy that act is seen as politically charge agenda, as the father Park Chung-hee of the current present Park Geun-hye had rewritten it so he was President for life until he was assassinated. Hy said stuff like this didn’t happen before the current president in charge.
After we went to this really cool dumpling place nothing really historical or special here just dumplings. Later on were arrive in a area called Hyojadong 효자동. The name stands for children who treat there parents well. It Is a area near the blue house which is the equivalent to the white house. The area is very heavily guarded by police 24/7 included in that is no tall building are allowed to be built in the area. As we walked around I was doing my blogger/foreigner thing which is to take as many pictures as possible of many different things. She was like your such a “Clicky” which is a term used for foreigners usually of Asian descent that only take photos of an area instead of enjoying it. It was true I was taking pictures like was trying to map out the landscape, but something did catch my eye
This Blue-ish sign. Hy told me it was some sort of market that was basically one very long straight and narrow street. Although when we entered it was late, but there were still some vendors around and I was able to get some
Wikipedia states “Yakgwa is made mainly from honey, sesame oil, and wheat flour,” but I really didn’t taste that. to me it was very doughy with undertones of cinnamon. Lastly the walk up the mountain to the top. I know I haven’t expressed it on here, but almost any hill, rooftop, platform or high up place you can stand upon here has an amazing view of some part of the city. There’s one rooftop on campus that has a view of all the houses below it and this view was no exception. Either but foot or buy bus you walk up this sidewalk until you get to the top and find a side staircase that leads you to a dirt path and a small platform that over looks the entire city. I’m sorry that description was not the greatest of where to go if you are ever here, but to be honestly I couldn’t tell you how to get up there and I was just there yesterday. Although it was so pleasant and quite. There were the color lanterns up for Buddha’s Birthday it was great.
Why can’t I watch what I want? Seeing “THIS VIDEO IS UNAVAILABLE IN YOUR COUNTRY” is the most disheartening things to see. It messes with my natural flow of content streaming. I had recently noticed as I am a Google music paid member that one of the features were not working. A major feature that I rely on heavily which is to download YouTube music videos for offline use. I can’t explain, but it sometimes works, and it doesn’t work other times. I think it has something to do with my location in Korea. The area near the airport I could stream Hulu with no VPN, but on campus, it’s blocked. What I’m trying to get at is where ever you are going make sure you know what sites and or features of a website are available in that country. Or don’t and have it be all a surprise as Hulu is US ONLY, Netflix content VARIES BY LOCATION, Google play also features VARY BY LOCATION and VPN(s) DON’T ALWAYS WORK. Basically a VPN is a paid or free program depending on which service you use allows you to trick “the internet” into thinking your in a different location example U.S. where all theses companies seemed to be based unfiltered. The drawback is it sometimes affect your device’s I.P. Address, and websites will catch on and still block the content. As in the case of me and using Hulu. I no longer was informed that I was in the wrong location but was told that I was using an anonymous I.P. and had to turn off whatever program doing it to continue which would defeat the whole purpose. Long story short know the internet of where you’re going. Sidenote: the Pc Cafe I go to says it’s in India, I don’t know why many reasons, though.
Well as we know I have. Not truly kept this blog up and as usual I’m so sorry, but I will change that I have a new post coming up most are personal, but I will try and go somewhere and write a review post of the location. I also have a ton of photos that I have taken over the last two months and until I can find a better way to manage them they will all be dumped on a photo site to be viewed and possibly in the long run altered, edited or organized. I will have a post up when ready. Thank you for dealing with me this long there should be more to come.
Hello, Hello, Hello, Month 2? (I don’t remember anymore) Done and I have some few choice words for it. It’s been cool; I had a couple of ups and downs. I have recently been feeling out of place cause I can’t understand the people around me. It’s like if my ears and brain were all one big radio I can’t find the right station and tune out. I joined two clubs on campus and their fun during club meetings. When we go out eating they primarily talk in Korean, and I just can’t do anything, so unless they directly speak to me, I space out. I have started to feel super lonely and inadequate like if only I knew how to say anything, anything to add to the conversation I would feel accomplished but can’t. I do know a few things and enjoy to order for myself alone, but it still sucks. Also, I hung out with some Japanese students they were super nice and cool to me teach me a few new words and slang like duh-sai ダサい which is youth speak for saying something is lame or uncool, or sh(e/i) 死 which is kanji for death. THAT threw me off as this internet musician used it on his album cover and for years I wondered what it meant and when I was finally told I was like wow!!! Okay, interesting, good to know. I got a new Korean friend she takes playful jabs at my Americanism and foreigner lifestyle but has been helpful showing me things outside the normal realm of foreigner stuff such as a place that served raw meat with spices, onions, and raw egg. I couldn’t do, tried it tasted and then promptly stop and was like my mama always told me to make sure there is no more red meat. THIS IS ALL RED MEAT. I also ate squid yesterday its chewy and as always tastes like chicken, so it is good.