Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Day 29: Videocall from Sinchon

Let me start out by apologizing if this post seems less detailed than usual.
For once, I wrote the entry of the day on the actual day it happened. But I used the blogger app on my phone and forgot to manually save it before going to sleep. Then this morning, you guessed it, the post was gone. I stayed up until 3am for nothing ㅠㅠ

Okay the post!

연고전 (the Yonsei-Korea Sports Festival) is coming up this Friday and Saturday and today, by the end of class, our professor announced that there would be no class this Friday, but that we would still get attendance if we took pictures during the fights and sent them to her. That's a kind of bribery I can support.

Out of the five sports matches, the ice hockey game is the only one that requires us to get tickets since the venue is smaller. The tickets are free though and had to be picked up personally today from 14.30. Since Mentors Club could only give out 70 tickets (and we were maybe 8-900 exchange students this year), Wonjun told us that we should be there in good time - like around 14.00.
And after some quick shopping for a concealer for Celine and food in Sinchon, that's what we did.

 When we showed up, there were already so many people ahead of us in a looooong line that went around several corners inside the building.
We spent a good 40 minutes there before a girl announced that the last tickets had been given away.

Disappointed, we walked back to our dorm to do homework before class.
As all the other days, I dreaded going to Korean class today but I actually ended up 'learning' something!
Waaaay back during one of our first semesters, we learned how to make a verb passive. At the same time, we learned to do something else with verbs and I kept mixing them up and never fully understood how to do it.
But today I finally understood! If you asked me now, I couldn't tell you the exact rules of how it works but every time our teacher gave us a new verb to make passive, I knew what it would be. It came naturally to me! Probably from hearing it being used once in a while and subconsciously picking it up. I was so happy!!

For example:

보다 = to see becomes 보이다 = to be seen
잡다 = to catch becomes 잡히다 = to be caught
물다 = to bite becomes 물리다 = to be bitten

Speaking of, I got a HUGE 모기 물림 (mogi mullim = mosquito bite) on my arm yesterday!
I wonder if I am slightly allergic or if the mosquitos here are just really hardcore. It's so big that I'm almost embarrassed. Big and super red (which you can't see in the picture because I'd tried not to scratch it for a couple of hours).


We talked with Isabella about making it a weekly thing to eat together (on Wednesdays) but today she was going to eat with her friend Megan. I told her to say hi from us (we shared table with her on orientation day) and somehow the conversation led to Isabella mentioning how Celine and I had become sort of famous here - because people always saw us together.
We joked about it but... maybe we should get some more friends hahah (^‧̫ ^;)

After class, we went back to the dorm to continue our lazy day.
I wrapped Celine like a happy burrito and balanced water bottles on her. She laughed so much that the third bottle on her stomach fell down before I got a picture but I totally succeeded!

In the evening I got hungry and decided to go look for some bananas and snacks. We've walked past a super market that I wanted to buy some from so we wouldn't have to buy them at the Hyundai department store and pay half a fortune.
Now that I was already on adventures, I decided to try to video call my mom and show her a bit of Sinchon. I think she enjoyed seeing where I live. I have to try to call my friends as well like this.

While out, I also bought some odeng (오뎅 = fish cake) and tried to explain what it was to my mom.

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