Thursday (08/04/16) was another supporter meeting in which we did a cultural excursion. It was a very fun day since everything I did after Korean class was with my supporter group. We bonded so much this day!
After Korean class, Casey, Jodi, and I stopped to pick up a quick lunch to eat while we were traveling by subway to Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station ( 동대문역사문화공완역) which was our meeting spot. We all stopped at Kimbap Heaven (김밥천국) for kimbap rolls for $2 and then we went to Tous Les Jours for a pastry. I purchased melon bread. It tasted like it sounds. It was also just green colored bread! Very sweet but very delicious. Very similar to melon milk as well. Unfortunately, I never took a picture of it as we had to hurry up and eat before our excursion began.
When we finally made it to the station, we waited for the other supporter groups and their Nsliyians. We were going to go to Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) with Jun’s supporter group made up of Yves, Ariel, and Peter and Dayoung’s Supporter group made up of Mckenzie and Sarah. We walked around Dongdaemun Design Plaza and looked at the sculptures they had up that had to do with the Google Play “seminar” type thing. They had several tablets open up to new apps that everyone could try out and play. Even though you would assume all fighting games are the same… Korean ones are way different than anything I have ever played in America.
Our resident director Madeline also showed up and hung out with us at DDP. She was having a blast playing the games even though she kept losing and Jun had to come in and save the day. Yves was also surprisingly good at all of the games too.
While we were there, a woman was on stage and she was asking questions to the audience which seemed to be mostly Korean children and teens. They were also playing music and the lights changed as well. We took a few pictures sitting on the stage after the show ended for that time slot.
After we finished up at Google Play, we walked around DDP and took pictures next to more sculptures and even got free fans that were being handed out for an art exhibit. (It was the best fan I have ever used!) There were also these chairs that you could sit on and spin around and they got so low to the ground that it made you think you were falling and the fast speed didn’t help the feeling either. It was a lot of fun and scary at the same time.
There was also a boy playing the piano and he was amazing! But it was so hot that the back of his shirt was soaked with sweat. It was a very relatable moment as at the same time my backpack straps were making me sweat 10x more than usual. I had literal backpack strap sweat stains by the end of the afternoon. #OnlyintheKoreanheat
After we finished walking around and the heat became too much, we ate some more traditional bingsu. We had green tea bingsu and the original red bean bingsu. We looked through our goodie bags from the Google Play event and played cards while eating.
After bingsu, we walked around Dongdaemun Market (동대문시장). We were supposed to go before bingsu so we could buy food, but bingsu was much needed earlier so we ended up not buying any food or snacks. We looked around the souvenirs as well and I was able to pick some up for my family back home. I bought some pencil cases and some clay figures wearing hanbok (Korean traditional dress).
After our supporter meeting, my group decided to spend the rest of night with each other. We decided to head to Hongdae and have some dinner. After that, we planned to go to a 노래방 for some Karaoke because Jodi had some coupons for this one place that she had been to multiple times already.
And that was my Thursday with my supporter group! It was a lot of fun and it made me realize how much I appreciate having supporter groups during this program. I knew about them before I applied but I didn’t think I would have this much fun with mine nor that I would get so close with the members of my group. My supporter group honestly made my experience in Korea that much better!~ I will definitely make a post about supporter groups in Korea soon (Here is that post!~) Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed reading! 안녕~
- 엠마 (Emma)