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My daily walk to the Yonsei KLI

As you probably will have gathered i am pretty busy with studying Korean at the Korean Language Institute. So far i really like the classes although they are pretty challenging. I didn’t expect easy-going classes like in a private language course but still i hoped they will give us more time for everything. So somehow i can feel the 빨리 빨리 (faster, faster) attitude here already πŸ˜€ Anway.. today i want to invite you to be my company on my way to the Yonsei KLI and show you how my daily morning looks like!

Sinchon in the morning

Sinchon in the morning

This is the view of Sinchon in the early morning, when i am coming out of my building. Most shops and stores are closed, barely some people were walking on the street. Pretty empty and quiet uncommon for Sinchon..

Sinchon crossroad

Sinchon crossroad

Sinchon Church

Typical crossroad in Seoul, where you can pass the street in every direction. If you are coming to Seoul for the first time, be careful! Just because you have green lights doesn’t mean that no bike or car will still not try to pass the cross road πŸ˜‰ Sometimes i think the lights are more a recommendation than a rule..

Yonsei crossroad

Yonsei crossroad

Yonsei crossroad

The big crossroad in front of the Yonsei campus. Also be careful while passing this one. Like before also expect some cars and bikes to cross your way..

Yonsei campus

Yonsei campus

Yonsei campus

Yonsei campus

Yonsei shuttlebus

Yonsei Global Lounge

Yonsei Global Lounge

Yonsei campus

Yonsei campus

The Yonsei campus is truly huge! The next pictures will just cover my way to the Korean Language Institute. It really seems like a own city to me. They even have a own small shopping mall, a bank, restaurants and more..

Yonsei campus

This is the most dangerous part of my daily walk. I don’t know why but there is no pathway for pedestrians.

Yonsei campus

Yonsei campus

Yonsei campus

Yonsei campus

The walk through the small forest is the most beautiful part of my walk every day. There are also plenty of possibilities to sit down here for taking a rest or studying..

Yonsei KLI

Last meters of my walk and you can already see the Korean Language Institute.

SK Global House

New Millenium Hall

Yonsei Satelite

These are the SK Gobal House and the New Millenium Hall. Behind the SK Global House is the International House. There are the two dorms here if you are staying at the Yonsei campus. Pretty convenient if you are studying Korean here at Yonsei. Also truly astonishing that Yonsei seems to have its own satellite! Wow!

Yonsei Korean Language Institute

Yonsei Korean Language Institute

And finally, this is the Korean Language Institute ( ν•œκ΅­μ–΄ν•™λ‹Ή ) where i am studying Korean every day from now on. The whole way from home to the Institute takes around 20 minutes depending on how lucky i am with the lights on the two crossroads. So, i hope you like my pictures and you enjoyed following me to Korean Language Institute!

My flat in Seoul / Sinchon

I am pretty sure some of my friends and also my family are curious how my flat in Seoul looks like. For one thing, yes, i did clean up my place before i took some photos. It doesn’t look that tidy most of the times. For the other thing this doesn’t represent the traditional Korean flat here in Seoul. I am living in Sinchon (μ‹ μ΄Œλ™), a place which is known for its nightlife, tons of restaurants and love motels. Also surrounded by many Universities as Yonsei University, Ewha Woman’s University and Hongik University. The ideal place if you are a student here. Unfortunately the cost of living here is extremely high, especially if you are not willing to have a long-term contract and pay an extraordinary amount of deposit. But i will live here just for three months this time, so it’s okay.

My flat in Sinchon / Seoul

My flat in Sinchon / Seoul

My flat in Sinchon / Seoul

On the first picture you can see the entrance door with the bathroom on the left and the kitchen on the right side. The funny thing about this flat is that the washing maschine is below the cooking plate. Strange but there is truly no other place to put it! General a very cosy place although the interior decoration is a lil bit outmoded.

door lock

This is my door lock. No key, just a 6-digit code. Very handy but i don’t know how secure this really is. Also i don’t know what happens if the batterie is dead, so let’s cross finger i don’t need to find out πŸ˜€

room view in Sinchon

And finally the view out of my room! If you close the windows you barely hear anything, so it isn’t that loud as you might think.

I hope i could give you a small insight into my flat. As mentioned on the beginning this really doesn’t represent a normal Korean flat. For my next time in Korea i will also check out different areas and possibilities. So if you have any hints and tipps about living in Seoul, please let me know! I would highly appreciate every help to find a good place for a reasonable price! Thx!

Yay! Finally back in Seoul again!

Back in Seoul 2011

μ•ˆλ…•ν•˜μ„Έμš” and welcome to my blog about my adventures in Seoul, South Korea. It has been a long time since my last visit in 2010 and i am just happy to be back in Seoul again. I am looking forward to great 3 months and i am pretty sure they will be exciting and fun! Unlike my first time i will attend this time the Language Course of the Yonsei University for 10 weeks so i hope i will be soon able to do more than just ordering a beer and some food. Let’s see if they can teach an old dog some new tricks πŸ˜‰

Arrival at Incheon Airport 2011

The journey itself was pretty easy going, no troubles at all. I was starting in Vienna, transfering in Helsinki and after nearly 15 hours i arrived at the Incheon Airport in South Korea. Truly a very convenient route because i remember traveling over 24 hours in the past when i was heading to China over Qatar in the Middle East.

The only tough thing is that you are losing one night because you are starting in Helsinki around 6pm and flying nearly 8 hours, what means that you are arriving in Seoul around 2 o’clock in the morning with your old time but in Seoul it is actually 9am in the morning. So, if you take it in a positive way it is a great chance to beat the jet lag immediately but only if you make it through the day πŸ˜€

Expensive snack at the Helsinki AirportOne thing about the Helsinki Airport: gosh, are they expensive! I was really hungry because i didn’t eat the whole day before and no breakfast in the morning either (i have a pretty weak stomache) so the small Sandwich on the flight to Helsinki didn’t please me at all. So i was deeply in the mood for a warm tomato soup and i was checking everywhere to get one. But after seeing those prices i lost my appetite! 12,50 Euro for a tomato soup? 14,50 Euro for some noodles? Are you freaking kidding me? From today i have my own name for Helsinki: “Hel-l-are-they-expsensive-sinki” πŸ˜› At least the internet was for free, so i could spent some time doing facebook, chatting on skype and checking my emails. Though the prices are insane the airport still is really, really nice!

The first two weeks past already and i was really busy taking care of various things. Now i am just looking forward to my Language classes, which will start in a few days! Yay! Also i promise to keep my blog up-to-date and share as many of my experiences and pictures from Seoul as possible! And if you are currently hanging out or living in Seoul too and you are interested in drinking a beer with me, sharing some stories and experiences, just let me know! I am always looking forward to meet new people and expats in Seoul.