The Seoul Diaries: Faith’s Language Corner (언어 코너)

Hello or “안녕하세요!” It’s Faith 선생님 and today I will be reviewing some key phrases, terms, and slang words that I have picked up since being in South Korea. Knowing basic Hangul and the pronunciation of the letters will come in handy a lot, but I will try writing the romanization for the phrases. I…

The Seoul Diaries: Culture Shocks

Hello! Welcome back to my blog posts! It already has been almost a month of me living in South Korea, so I thought I would quickly discuss some of the culture shocks that I have had and helpful information or skills that I have learned so far! These things would be good to know if…

A Beginners Guide to Life as an Exchange Student in South Korea

Entering my dorm for the first time felt so surreal – minus me sweating through my clothes from the gigantic hill and carrying my three suitcases up the stairs outside. I was so excited to be out of my quarantine hotel room. I was ready to get settled in. After filling out some dorm contracts…

The Seoul Diaries: Surviving the 14-day Quarantine

After watching the Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw movie 5 times in a row (it was one of my favorite movies ever pre-quarantine, but now I can’t watch it anymore because I’ve seen it so many times), Little Women 4 times, Girls Planet 999 episode reruns, and 10-minute long Korean infomercials for containers, blenders,…

The Seoul Diaries: Part 1

Hello! My name is Faith and I am currently in South Korea doing a 2-week quarantine. My major is International Studies with a minor in Korean and I will be studying at Korea University for 2 semesters. I got into learning the Korean language back in 2015 and haven’t stopped since. I love South Korean…

SUMMER IN SALERNO: wrapping up my time in Italy

Hi y’all! I’ve officially come to the end of my study abroad and I wanted to hop on here for one last hurrah on my time in Italy! While it’s impossible to truly summarize the past 4 weeks into a couple of short paragraphs and pictures, I’m going to try my best to bring some…

SUMMER IN SALERNO: 24 hours in Rome!

My time in Salerno finally came to an end, and thus I began my journey off to Rome, where I spent the next 24 hours attempting to soak up every last drop that this iconic Italian city has to offer. Luckily for me, my hotel was located just around the corner from the Pantheon, making…

SUMMER IN SALERNO: last day in Salerno

So, my time in Italy has finally come to an end. Over the past 4 weeks I’ve seen more things, eaten more pasta, and learned more Italian than I ever have in my life. I am so incredibly thankful for this experience and I could not think of a better day to wrap up my…

SUMMER IN SALERNO: let’s have an aperitivo!

The aperitivo is basically the Italian version of what we would consider happy hour. Normally, this cultural ritual takes place between the hours of 4-6pm as a relaxed drink and/or snack before dinner. (Remember, Italians start eating dinner as late as 10pm!). Stemming from the Latin word ‘aperire’ meaning “to open”, this classic early evening…

SUMMER IN SALERNO: how to pack like a pro

If you learn anything about me on here, it’s that I HATE packing. I know some get a thrill out of the excitement of deciding what to bring on their awaiting vacation, but for me it’s always felt like more a hassle than anything else. Usually I’m the person that waits until 11pm the night…