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.
Everyday is an adventure
Everybody love Everybody
Below are more pictures of Seoul so far:
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.
Students representing different countries from all over the world - winners of 2015 Myongji University Sports Day!