South Korea - Day 8 in Seoul!

South Korea - Day 8 in Seoul!

Day 8

I've had many special days thus far here in Seoul, but Day 8 has stood out to me...

After a long night out with friends, I was finally able to sleep in late on a Thursday morning because of afternoon classes. I woke up to a surprise call and FaceTime from my best friend, Jamie Burczynski, at Niagara. While he was eating at Clet with some of my old friends, I was just getting out of bed and I knew this would be a great day. So I started my day off right and went to my advisor, Tenny Kim, to change a course in order to join my school baseball team.

Later that day around lunch, I went for a run. This run turned into a long run and a special time indeed. I came across a junior high school where I met a young group of boys who approached me as I sat down in awe of their amazing soccer field and school grounds. They surrounded me and asked me questions, thinking I was an international superstar. After making these students' lunch break special I shot hoops for a little bit and carried on with my run.

Coming back into my school zone, there was only one meal and one fast food place that serves millions everyday that I desired: McDonald's. After this time of relaxation and realization, I received texts and initiated a great conversation with one of my other great friends, Ryan Funk. Sometimes, yes, it does get lonely, so this was a special day certainly.

When 5 p.m. came around, I went to my new church with my Chinese roommate; he doesn't speak English well, but he tries and we manage to get by. So after a bus and two subways, we made it to the nicest Catholic church in the area. It was a truly special day, indeed. While I didn't understand much at this Mass, I understood the concept of Christ and what he has to offer. The passion in the room was strongly evident. After a long, two-hour Mass, I was able to talk to the church leader and translator and exchange information to discuss our backgrounds. Everyone is friendly here, everyone.

So...after a five-hour trip, which included going to church, I came home at midnight...and??? Ah, yes!! I ate my feelings away at McDonald's with my Korean roommate (I live in a quad). After a nice meal, we come back to discuss Wi-Fi problems and how to connect the router. Twenty minutes and a 20-digit code later, my roommates helped me out and I was able to watch my favorite movie, Forrest Gump, before going to sleep.

Day 8

Everyday is an adventure
Everybody love Everybody
Go Bills

Below are more pictures of Seoul so far:

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Here I am with other international friends in Lotte World, a major recreation complex in Seoul, South Korea. It consists of the world's largest indoor theme park (a Guinness World Record), which is open year-round, an outdoor amusement park, artificial island inside a lake, shopping mall, luxury hotel, Korean folk museum, sports facilities, and movie theaters. Opened in 1989, Lotte World receives 7.6 million visitors each year. 

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Students representing different countries from all over the world - winners of 2015 Myongji University Sports Day!