Merry Christmas from Seoul! One of the hardest things about being here is spending the holidays without my close friends and family. It could be very easy to sit at home alone and get homesick during this time of the year. Luckily for me I have such great family and friends, both at home and here, that they helped me to make it through this time feeling loved and appreciated. I am so thankful for all of the Christmas cards that made it 8,000 miles halfway across the world and for skype so that I could still be a part of my family’s Christmas traditions.
In Korea, Christmas is a holiday geared for couples rather than family so it’s not the most fun place to be when you are single. So how did I spend my Christmas weekend? Fortunately, Christmas was on a Saturday this year because I’m not sure if I would have had the time off. My school was nice enough to give me Thursday and Friday off before Christmas so I was able to enjoy a nice 4 day weekend. Christmas eve day I spent doing some site seeing around Seoul. I checked out 63 City, which is a major landmark in Yeouido. It includes the highest art museum in the entire world, a wax museum, an aquarium, and an Imax theater. That night I went to my girlfriend’s house for a Christmas potluck. She lives right across the street so it was very convenient considering the temperature dropped to the low 20s this weekend. 6 girls enjoyed some Korean and Western cuisine, some great conversation, and even some norebang to end the night off right.
Christmas morning I made sure to wake up nice and early to be ready to skype with my family while they celebrated their Christmas eve festivities. It was amazing to see everyone and it felt like I was right there in the room with everyone ❤ That afternoon I met with my girlfriends and we had a western style breakfast, which is something I have not had since I’ve been here. Yummy pancakes, eggs, and hash browns!
Then we all went to see Harry Potter: Part 1 of the Deathly Hallows! It was so good! I’m so glad my friends here share my affinity for Harry Potter ❤ We ended up having quite the night after that. Needless to say, Christmas was not the same and I definitely felt a little emotional, but it’s hard to be too upset when you’re in one of the greatest cities in the world with some of the greatest people in the world.