I honestly don’t know how someone with out any Korean language skills could settle into life here. Maybe it’s easier for Chinese and Japanese speakers, but for me, I was pretty much lost.
Fortunately, I have family here who so I didn’t have to worry about getting from the airport to my dorm with all of my luggage. I didn’t have to worry about checking into my room when the security guard only speaks Korean. Even the whole process of applying was incomprehensible to me without the help of my parents! Although, that was basically KLCC’s problem because their website doesn’t really work in English…
So this is where I’ll be living for the next 10 weeks. I’m pretty sure this is where all the students with KLCC study, if they choose to live in dorms (and are able to get in). If you’ve done some research on Frontier House by reading blogs from past residents, you’ll be well-read on the treacherous hill or the “Hill from Hell.” However, no one seemed to mention the “Stairs from Hell” as well.
This sign is at the base of about 4 stories worth of stairs to the dormitory entrance. I don’t really think the hill is that much easier from the stairs as they both will make your thighs burn like hell. I’m not one to usually complain, but after a few times up and down, I seriously hate the thought of leaving my room.
It seems that Korea University really likes its hills and stairs — maybe that’s a general thing about Seoul’s landscape. Now I know why gyms just aren’t really a thing here. You get a mighty fine workout just trying to get from place to place! Anyways, I will probably not be getting much use out of my wedges/heels unless I want to risk death or want to make my life more difficult.
Plus side? I’m going to have an awesome butt by the time I’m finished!
The dorms are heavily segregated by gender (only male and female), and by heavily I mean if you get caught with someone of the opposite gender in your room, you’ll be immediately kicked out of dorms and probably the other person as well. I don’t even think the opposite gender is allowed to enter the building. The security guard at the front desk will probably just tell you to leave!
This is the lounge area where visitors can wait for residents. Technically, no guests are allowed in your room, even if they are of the same gender.
To the left are three computers and a printer.
Finally, here’s my room: I’m on the right side. Our room is sort of like a hotel with a key card required to turn on electricity and a western-style bathroom except it remains distinctly Korean with a little welcome area to take your shoes off. What I really appreciate about the room is the large window! We never have the light on except for at night because it’s been so sunny here!
There’s also a ton of storage! There’s so little space in Korea that they’ve perfected smart storage: under my bed, on top of the closets, the closets themselves, under the desk — you get the picture.
It looks like I’ve been living here for months! I’m already running out of storage for all my desk amenities.
Why I need a mirror at my desk is beyond me…
I’ve got a spiffy little “Korea University” blanket. I know you’re jealous.
It’s my third day here, and I feel like I’m starting to get my bearings. My first day of class is tomorrow, and I can’t wait! I really need to learn some Korean so I don’t feel like such a confused, lost child everywhere I go! But first, I have to set up a phone account today, all by myself, without any useful Korean language skills. I hope someone working there speaks English — otherwise, it’s going to be a rather fun game of charades.
I am now in Seoul, South Korea to study Korean at Korea University. In preparation for my move to Korea, I decided that I needed to visit my favorite places for a damn good americano. I picked my top three places in the Tacoma/Seattle area and tried to visit all of them amidst the anxiety and chaos of my final week in Washington.
Oh. Also, sorry, but there’s no actual poetry involved with this post.
1. All City Coffee
1205 S Vale St, Seattle, WA 98108
I have yet to find a place that pulls such lush shots on a consistent basis, no matter the barista or how packed it is with the Sunday afternoon crowd.
Dark and caramely with a smooth finish…That’s all I want, and that’s why All City Coffee is my number 1 choice for best americano HANDS DOWN. Also, their staff is genuinely nice and chill and so is the general atmosphere of the place. These people aren’t hipsters. They’re actually just cool.
602 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
Number two on my list is an americano from Corina Bakery. You sometimes have to be careful of too much water getting in, but their americanos are wondrous, expertly made by the nicest and sweetest baristas in town!
The day I went in, I unexpectedly ran into Liv and Taylor. I quickly took some shots before enjoying a great conversation, which meant that I didn’t get that many photos.
Yin and yang crema
3. Northern Pacific Coffee Company
401 Garfield St S, Tacoma, WA 98444
Believe it or not, this ridiculously hipster and borderline homeless shelter coffee shop right next to Pacific Lutheran University makes a surprisingly complex and rich americano. Recently, they haven’t been that consistent, but in the past, some of their americanos have sent me to espresso heaven like nothing ever experienced — not even by All City.
Now, unfortunately, with the onslaught of FOUR birthdays on February 28th (the day before my departure) I wasn’t unable to visit NPCC. However, drinking an americano from NPCC is on the top of my To Do List for when I get back to the States! In the mean time, you can definitely visit them. I know it’s out in Parkland, but it’ll be completely worth it.
Recap (in order):
Got any coffee suggestions for me? Have any comments about this post? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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Last night, I finally watched Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon. I used to be a massive JGL fan girl so I was really excited when I saw it was available for rent at Red Box. Score! I had so much to say about it that I thought, why not write a review? That is what I want to do with (part of) my life! You can read my review it over here. If you have any feedback for me, I would gladly appreciate it!
I know, it’s February. I am a horrible blogger who can’t maintain blogging while globe-trotting. I’ll work on that.
For your Friday enjoyment, I’ve got a photo scrapbook of bits of my time in Seoul. This first post is only places and things, but the second post will be the good stuff, which of course is food.