today was a mixture of frustration and fun. in the morning i had planned on getting a cellphone from my friend’s cousin, but in the end i couldn’t get one without an alien registration card. so i went to seoul immigration to get that but then they told me i needed proof of acceptance from yonsei (which wasn’t listed on the site as a document i needed to bring…) to apply. of course i found this out after i traveled across the city and waited in line for hours.
tonight we met up with s, a guy who interns for kespa. we went out for food and drinks and later went to a PC방 in hongdae. we played starcraft and then league and had a lot of fun! an attractive dude kept looking at my screen. but he didn’t look like he spoke english. i need to learn more korean before school starts :(
tonight we pack up our stuff and check out of our hotel tomorrow morning. it’s apartment move in day! i’m super excited to HAVE MY OWN PLACE to myself where i am the one who stocks the food and i can have people over whenever and no curfew and omg my life really begins tomorrow.
i still can’t get over the fact that i somehow managed to successfully plan my move to the other side of the world all on my own. and i still can’t believe i live here now…
my time in korea has improved significantly.
my ac and hot water is WORKING holy balls finally after 2 days of ridiculous heat and uncomfort and lack of showering and cold water and stress and complaining…it has all been fixed.
my realtor hasn’t gotten back to me yet about the deposit situation. i’m kind of worried about that. what if she jacked all my cash? THEN WHAT then i’m fucked out of almost 6gs that’s what.
anyway the last couple days we spent shopping and playing in pc bangs. nothing toooooooo exciting. i found a better pc bang than the one attached to my apartment. it’s super busy and there’s wifi for my phone……. and the guy who works here likes me more than the guy who works at my apartment’s bang. he’s a lot nicer to me. i’m happy about that.
tomorrow i’m going to lotte world with jh and then saturday is WCS korea. idk how we’re going to get there or get tickets or whatever. i guess we’ll just wing it.
i made it to gold league in korea~ just gotta get to plat like before now
definitely my favourite day in korea so far.
i went to lotte world with my friend jh, who is an absolute sweetheart and treated me like a princess. we rode rollercoasters and ate bingsu and travelled all around seoul together. i felt like we were a couple - he treated me like i was his girlfriend.
after lotte world, we went to insadong, which is a touristy district in seoul that does a decent job of depicting korean culture. we walked around a bunch of stores and got an iced mocha while i rested my sore feet. fuck the new sandals i bought, they chafe and ripped apart my feet…but i need sandals to go with half of my outfits so i’ll have to find another pair that don’t suck balls. afterwards we both got bracelets that match. i don’t wanna take mine off because it will always be a reminder of when i really started to discover seoul.
i have to mention that bingsu is DELIIICIOUS oh my god im so scared of getting fat in korea because i am surrounded by delicious food…it’s going to be hard…
pics to come !
today was a long day. I woke up at 8 after an okay sleep and got ready to meet with my realtor at 10. after only an hour of being with her, I decided on an apartment. it’s so cozy and perfect for me!!! i can’t wait to move in on tuesday.
afterwards, we headed to the Jamsil Students Gymnasium to watch the proleague finals. i had a lot of fun cheering for stx soul! i also met flash, jangbi, rain and parting. i made a couple friends and ended up on the big screen for a couple seconds! i also got white privilege and got my seats upgraded for free.
i am too tired to write a full post. today was awesome, but i also got hit with reality as it is finally sinking in that i live here now. tomorrow is a day off to do some exploring!
so, i’m in seoul now but it doesn’t feel like it. i’m texting all my korean friends and arranging meetups! i could never do this before!
the last day or so was a nightmare. running on no sleep was a bad idea, i think. when i got to the airport around 9 i got a second wind and wasn’t tired for an hour or so after takeoff (12!). i took a couple sleeping pills to help me rest but it didn’t affect me much. it was off and on sleep for only 6 hours! the other 8 hours of the flight was spent wishing for it to be over.
as soon as custom check and such was over, we walked outside to get a taxi and this old dude came up to us and started blabbing about 70 000 won to seoul!!~~* good deal~~!!!! so we decided to go with him. at first i thought he was going to run off with our luggage but as i talked with him more (in korean!) he ended up being a really nice guy.
our hotel looks a lot different than the pictures. it’s so run down from the outside, and although has really nice appliances and whatnot inside, i can see the walls peeling and stuff is falling apart. we opened the fridge and the casing broke. haha.
we just got back a few minutes from exploring a bit of seoul, and boy was it interesting. i have never felt so lost in my life - yet i managed to direct us around sinchon and hongdae pretty well. we got our tmoney card things for the subways and such (i finally live in a city and can get a damn subway card) and rode around for a bit. THE SUBWAYS IN KOREA ARE SOO COOL like 10 million times better than toronto’s, for real. wifi and cell service! doors all along the subway line to prevent people from being pushed or jumping on the tracks (i bet a lot of people would use it to commit suicide so it’s good nobody gets inconvenienced by that). we had dinner in hongdae (삼겹살!) and i think we did a pretty good job at ordering. they spoke no english to us - which is exactly what i want, no excuses to stop learning - but i kind of wish they would for my first few weeks in seoul. whatever, i’ll get used to it. what i won’t get used to is the fucking shitty ass heat in this country GOD DAMN 30C PLUS A LOT OF HUMIDITY = TRISHA SOAKED IN SWEAT :(
afterwards i dragged andrew into a PC bang and at first i walked into a “adults only” one (according to the worker - so i was like “well, i’m an adult!”) but then the guy changed his mind and said “men only”. wtf dude i just wanna play starcraft. anyway we found another one and i played a few games and won most of them and sat beside a really adorable guy who i kept stealing glances at between games.
i honestly don’t feel like this is my home yet, but i’ll get there. so far i love it here. the internet is fucking great, food is delicious, endless amount of shit to do and cute boys everyyyywhereeeee.
tomorrow is apartment hunting day! AND PROLEAGUE FINALS HNGG
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