Hey guys! How is everyone doing?
So here we go! The campus life at EHWA/이대 started last Tuesday with the opening ceremony, which was boring in general until this group of female students went on stage and danced to a mix of Goodbye Baby Goodbye, 내가 제일 잘 나가 and Bad Girl Good Girl. It was funny since I recognized the songs and the dance moves.
So after the somewhat boring opening ceremony I went back to my room to rest a bit, saving up some energy for the opening party that night. On our way to the opening party I met Dung, a guy I know from my vacation in Germany in 2007. This world is really small!
After walking to the Blue Monkey bar in Sinchon (신촌) with Dung, Lieke, DJ, Philipp and Lara, it was time to see how the clubs in Korea are like. First thing I noticed immediately was that the whole place was packed, but not moving?! Appearantly Koreans don’t really dance while clubbing, at least not as in Europe. So after grabbing a beer Lieke and I decided that at least SOMEONE should start dancing, so we went to the middle of the dance floor and started dancing and moving to the music, hoping the other people would follow. Well, that was not really the case. People were staring at us like we were from another world. We didn’t really care though, so we kept dancing. After a few hours, when everyone drank enough alcohol, the people started moving to the music a bit, and it looked a bit like a party. I walked around for a bit, talking to some other people and trying to get to know my new fellow students. Later we met up with Freddy, a Korean friend Philipp met at his hostel, and his friends. We went to a bar to get some food and drink some Soju. In the end, it still was a very fun night actually, just very different from what I’m used to.
Next day was tough, I had to wake up early to do the Korean Language Placement Test. While walking downstairs I met Henrik (Hector, from Finland). The guy was still drunk from the party and was also going to take the test haha.
The test was actually harder than I thought. I could only write my name actually, the rest of the written test consisted of some text one had to read and understand, and then fill in the blanks. I could obviously read the text, but no way I understood that shit. So after writing my name in Korean, I went to take the oral test. I thought the oral test went pretty okay, when she asked me to read out the words in a book I could do pretty fast. When she asked about me I could understand everything she said, but answering was quite difficult for me. Most of the times I would answer in English with some Korean words. That’s probably why I got in level 1 of the Korean language course. It’s not that bad, considering that I never had proper Korean lessons. I just hope that they don’t waste too much time on reading 한글 (Korean alphabet) since I already know it.
The first classes already started on Thursday. Two of the three courses I chose had lessons on Thursday, so I went to the first class which was Advertising and PR. Since Lieke is also taking that course, I walked with her to the class room. Well the first class already was a disaster. Appearantly professors can refuse to let you take the courses here if the classes are full. So Lieke and I could not follow this course and we had to look for a replacement. Luckily I quickly found my replacement already, and its’ first class was also on Thursday and I could check it out immediately. Thank god I got accepted into the other two classes.
After having dinner I went back to the dorms, and heard that there would be a (secret) party on the roof of our building. I quickly ran to the convenient store to buy some beer, and took it to the roof. Well, it seemed like the “party” hadn’t started yet, since there were only four Finnish girls there. It didn’t matter for me, I just stayed and talked with them since I knew the others were coming sooner or later. Shortly after I arrived a group of Swedish girls came to the rooftop, and it became really fun already. Before I knew it, the roof was filled with people from all countries, I think there were like 50 people on the rooftop. Out of all of those people, I started talking to a girl who happened to be the niece of Lee Hyori!
Because we were with so many people, we got complaints from the guards and the people sleeping, and after the fourth complaint we decided it was time to leave this place. I really wanted to go to bed early because I was still tired from the night before, but somehow the group managed to convinced me to go clubbing in Sinchon again. This time we went to Bar Fly and it was quite different from Blue Monkey. At least everybody was dancing here It’s weird to hear that they were playing Hoot from Girls’ Generation after Yeah! from Usher, but that didn’t stop me from having fun.
Just when I wanted to go home, Henrik and some other people asked me if I wanted to go to karaoke/noreabang (노라방). Of course I couldn’t say no! I really enjoyed noraebang, I’m actually going again tomorrow haha. We did it for one hour and then it was time to leave, but not before we got ourself some Korean food at this tofu bar. At 7:30 in the morning (yeah what the fuck) we arrived at our dorm and finally went to bed.
This morning when I woke up I felt really bad and I still do, probably the reason why I didn’t do anything useful or special today. I also just got the news that Hooni, a friend of mine who was living on the same floor, got kicked out of the dorms today. Apparently the school found out through facebook that he organized parties at the rooftop and they didn’t really like it. It’s so sad, I haven’t even spoken to him yet..
So today there is no party on the rooftop, some people already went to Sinchon but today I am going to act wise and just stay at home to rest. I will be staying here for 5 months so I have plenty of time to party here :).