Sunday, December 10, 2017

Day 110: Snowy night at Holly's

Yet another day of me being a good 학생 (haksaeng = student)!

Feeling a lot better today, I spent pretty much all day working on my Media Communication final and had a few breaks here and there to keep me sane and my blood suger high. My throat is a lot better now and I was even able to sing a little today while working.

Isabella asked if I wanted to join her for sushi again tonight at the usual place (Tamago, Sinchon) to which the answer was obviously yes. I love their avocado roll!

Afterwards I went into Holly's Coffee to continue working on my assignment. I snapped a picture of the bakery close by because I love the tree outside and how they decorated the windows for Christmas.
Since finals are coming up, a lot of Korean students have begun coming to cafés as well to study. I was lucky to find a spot in front of the window on the 2nd floor.
There's something about studying at cafés like this that I'm going to miss when I go back to Denmark. When I go to a café here in the evening, it's almost completely quiet. Those who are talking are extremely wary of not disturbing others and people stay here for hours studying late into the night, barely noticing when others come and go and come back with one more coffee. Sitting there between Koreans, studying too, made me really feel part of society. I love it here.

Hajun, who had been working on his group project, joined me after a couple of hours.
When he came, he told me that it was snowing and dragged me outside to see.
It's weird how it can snow a lot here but nothing will build up on the ground. The wind was strong and the air was dry so we didn't even get wet when the snow hit us.
It had been almost full when Hajun had arrived but luckily some people soon left their table on the 3rd floor.
When I'd first come, I'd noticed these 3 engineering students, who were fiddling with something. When they moved to the larger table behind us, one of them greeted Hajun. It turned out they were from the same university as him!
They play music at Holly's - often acoustic-sounding covers of popular English songs or slower K-pop songs - but quiet enough as to not disturb people working there.
At some point I noticed that the song that was about to start felt just a bit more familiar than the others. And made me just a bit more happy.
Could it be?
It was ONE OK ROCK's Hard To Love! Was their song actually being played in a café in Korea? I knew that they were huge in Japan but.. in Korea? I was starstruck for some reason.
And it was the exact song I'd been singing today!
It felt the universe was strangely in place somehow.
We went outside again later that night. I still don't understand what it is with Koreans and cranking up the heat inside stores and café during the winter. It makes outside seem even more cold and makes me sweat whenever I'm inside since I've dressed warmly due to the weather. I don't understaaaaand. Holly's Coffee is especially warm! Sometimes it's nice to take a short break outside.
Now that it was weekend and this late, there were no busses or cars on the road and I finally had a chance to catch the light bulbs put up along "the main road" (Yonsei-ro) here in Sinchon.
We studied until 3am that night. I finished enough of my assignment in order to pass (I need 60/100) and after having struggled for a while with the part that would give me my last 40 points, I decided that I'd worked enough today.

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