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Church in Korea

I went to a Catholic church near my apartment. Before we entered, everyone bowed to the statue of Mary in front of the church. Then they bowed toward the cross when they entered. The mass was really similar to Catholic masses in the US. I think they all follow the same format and read the same scriptures but in a different language. Some other differences:

  • Starts on time (haha)
  • Bowing
  • Use of hand motions during prayers
  • Not holding hands during Our Father
  • Bowing instead of shaking hands
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Last Day of Orientation

Last day of classes! Went to eat at a pizza place with my roommate. We ordered the Golden Seafood Extravaganza or something like that. It was really good! It was “golden” because it had stuffed sweet potato crust!

Sweet potato crust

Closing dinner consisted of another huge buffet of Korean dishes and various performances by EPIK teachers and Korean high school students.

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EPIK Excursion

EPIK took us on a trip to visit a traditional Korean village and to see traditional Korean pottery. It was freezing, but it was an interesting trip and they provided some great meals! Here are some pictures.

Our tour guide

Entrance gate for an important person

Traditional Korean buildings

Musicians

Bulgogi!

Then we went to Icheon, which is famous for pottery.

Giant kiln

Icheon's mascot

Part of our dinner

(The reason I don’t post many pictures of my food is because I can’t wait to eat and only remember to take a picture halfway through the meal.)

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Seongnam Sights

Walked up and down the street outside Eulji University. Here’s some of the stuff I saw.

Sausage that works on the iPhone. I tested it and it works!

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Food

There’s something about these cookies that I just love. I ate them a lot when I was in China even though they’re from Korea. My classmates know what I’m talking about. Always had these for a snack during break time.

Chocolate Digestive Cookies

Dinner from the cafeteria. Finally remembered to take a picture of my food. It might not look very appetizing because I was halfway through eating when I remembered to take a picture. It was very tasty!

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I woke up kind of early since I went to sleep early. Breakfast started at 7:30am and most people were there early, probably because they had trouble sleeping or slept early the night before. The food is pretty good. There was white rice, fried rice, scrambled eggs, kimchi, hard boiled eggs, croissant, bread, soup. Then we split up into our classes and went on a short tour of the campus.

After lunch, I spontaneously decided to climb up a mountain to see a temple with my roommate and two other guys she met in our program. It was very close to the campus, about a 5 minute walk, and it took 30 minutes to climb up the mountain to the temple. It was freezing at first but then I started to get too hot as we trekked up the mountain. The path was steep and windy but it was nice to breath some fresh air and see the snow and trees. Not much of any of that in Southern California. The view from the temple was pretty nice. Please excuse the poor quality of these photos, I took them with my phone!

I hiked up the mountain in my boots. Not the most comfortable but it was too cold to wear my Converse and all the other shoes I brought are heels.

We had the opening ceremony in the afternoon, which included opening remarks, a performance by Midong Elementary Tae Kwon Do students, useful information, and a guest speaker. I’ll post a video of the students’ performance once I figure out how to upload it from my phone. Then we had the Welcome Dinner which included a huge buffet of Korean food. I have been eating too much since I got here and I’m getting fat again ahh! Time to work out once I have the energy.

Tomorrow we have medical check ups, which includes a blood draw so we all have to fast tonight. I’ll write a post about that tomorrow. Time for bed!

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