Classes in South Korea

Starting my semester, I felt a lot of pressure from the stereotype of receiving an “Asian education.” I was warned that I may struggle with my professors; that they may not all speak English. It is common knowledge that school in South Korea is very competitive. From what I have been told, it is extremely…

Seoul N Tower

Previously referred to as “Namsam Tower,” the now, Seoul N Tower is a popular destination for dates, watching the sunset, or observing the vast city skyline. Seoul Tower was opened to the public in 1980, and has since become the symbol of Seoul and one of its most popular tourist attractions. Rising 777 feet (237 metres)…

The Hanbok

A fun way to pass the time in South Korea, is to try on their traditional dress. There are Hanbok rentals near Anguk Station. These outfits are fitted for both men and women. They are lavishly decorated and typically made with fine, silk material. Men can dress with hats or crowns while women tend to…

The DMZ~Viewing North Korea

My host university organized a field trip to the DMZ: The Demilitarized Zone. It is here that anyone can go to look over North Korea. Loud propaganda music can be heard playing over speakers from both sides of this barrier. South Korea blares fun K-pop while North Korea plays solemn anthems of their country 24/7….

Festival Season

Chances are you’ve heard of K-pop or at least seen people dancing to the energetic beat of ‘Gangnam Style.’ Every April, the universities in Seoul provide free concerts to students and to the public. All the info regarding performances and dates is posted on bulletin boards around campus. Anyone can travel to any university’s festival,…

Farewells

Biggest regret of studying abroad?  That I’m only doing it for a semester.  As final exams approach, I am realizing that I just now feel like my life here; the routine, the people, the food; is normal.  I see information for events happening in the upcoming semester and am disappointed that I won’t be here…

Tokyo, Japan: The Amazing and Complex Rail System of Tokyo

Tokyo’s rail system is the most extensive and most used network in the world, carrying about 40 million passengers a day.  There are 882 rail stations in and around the wider Tokyo area; 282 of these stations are subway stations located underground. When I first came to Tokyo I put off using the trains for…

Switzerland: The Final Countdown

Officially my last week in Switzerland, my life is full of humdrum cleaning, writing, and reading. Bref…there is nothing at all exciting to report. So, rather than describe, in detail, my boring, Swiss life, for my final post, I have decided to provide a recap of the Swiss world…and the bubble I have been living…

Switzerland: Miss Swiss Goes to France

So, I’m officially wrapping up my Switzerland stay. My exams are complete, my grades are in (mostly), and the sun is melting my Snow White flesh away. Fribourg may be cold in the winter, but due to its high altitude, I’m a boiling, hot mess. But although my home is in Switzerland, over the last…