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Category Archives: Pre-Korea

This is the map of all the countries I’ve been to. You can make your own here. So far, I’ve only been to the US, Canada, China, France, Italy, and Spain. I’ve been to the airports of Japan and Britain, but I can’t count that as actually having visited these countries. Having visited Europe earlier this year, I’ve made it my goal in life to visit as many countries in the world as I can. I think it is a great thing to travel widely and meet lots of different people. Once I go to Korea in the fall, I can officially update my map and paint Korea red! I would prefer to have a page of a map of countries visited that I can update frequently, but I haven’t found such a feature online yet. If you do, please link me!

I’d like to credit Chris Guillebeau for inspiring me to have a goal of traveling widely in my lifetime, hopefully when I’m still young. I would hate to be one of those old geysers in their 7os and 80s going, “Oh crap! Where did my youth go? I was supposed to travel all over the world!” and then succumb to arthritis or some other physical ailment and not be able to do all that I wanted to do when I was younger (and more agile). Plus, when you’re younger, you’re still more impressionable and less jaded. I don’t want to travel as a totally cynical and judgmental person. That is not to say in any way that I’m not already jaded, which I am, but at least I still have time on my side. Not everyone can say that.

I’m going to say that this blog will not only be a blog to chronicle my Korea experiences, but as a wider platform to express my feelings about world culture, politics, society, and traveling. I’ve long had an international outlook, and I think this trip will just be the tip of the iceberg, similar to my Europe trip.

When I go to Korea this fall, I hope to learn a lot and be able to communicate well with Korean locals – and dare I wish it – to become good friends with Koreans. I’ve heard from various sources that native Koreans aren’t too friendly to foreigners, but I hope to be the exception. I’m still young and friendly, and I want to do my best to make a good impression on Korea. Soon I’ll be embarking on my journey! I might make another entry or two before I go – probably one on the fear of flying, from which I suffer. Well, more on that later!

I’m leaving for Korea in about a week (OMG!) and there are some last-minute things to take care of. Namely – I’m going to be leaving my family and my dog for four months. MY DOG – MY SWEET PUPPY APOLLO! I’m going to miss him so much. His fluffiness, his cute/handsome little face, even walking him – wait, I’m probably not going to miss that. But everything else. He’s passed out sleeping next to my bed right now. I sneakily took a picture.

But then we woke up as soon as I took the picture. He’s a feisty little one! I just love him dearly, and I will miss him dearly. Farewell, Apollo! Until next time!

When going to a new country, one needs to be prepared for the differences between cultures. However, another thing one needs to be prepared for are the simple things that need to be addressed in order to adjust to life in a different country.

For example, as I’m packing, OF COURSE I’m going to bring my MacBook Pro (what I’m typing this on), and I realized that the electric outlets in Korea are probably not the same as the ones I use here in the US. After a bit of research, I found out that I need a plug adapter (Korea uses types C & F plugs, voltage 220V, frequency 60 Hz) in order to be able to use my electronics from the States.

So if you’re going to go to Korea in the near future, it would be a good idea for you to get one of these plug adapters before you go. You can get them online for less than $5 and at electronics stores for $10. I’m going to go to a Radio Shack or something similar to ask the sales associate because I’m not sure if the ones online work so well.

Until next time! <3

I know, not a very creative first post name. But basically this post is to show that Kara (me) will be going to Korea very soon (August 16). I’m very excited, but I also know I wanted to make a blog chronicling (okay, almost) everything I do in Korea because it will be my first time out of the country by myself! And also, Korea is freaking amazing, so I’m sure there will be a lot of things I will want to write down permanently!

A little self-introduction: I’m a college student from the Northeast (USA) and I will be a junior this upcoming year. I’m a theater major, but my dream is to act in films/TV shows. I love singing, ice skating, eating (BLOOMING FOODIE!), traveling, learning different languages, and meeting new people (wait, I take that back. I’ve met a lot of rotten people lately. Okay, make that ‘meeting cool new people’).

Warning: I’m a kpop addict. 90% of the reason I’m going to Korea is because of my kpop addiction. The rest 10% is divided evenly between the fashion, the food, and the amazing modern architecture. So I will be posting a lot of posts relating to said topics. I will probably try to go to as many kpop concerts as I can and try to eat as much as I can. I’ll also fill you in on my fashion and touristy endeavors.

Goals for first week in Korea:

  • Get my hair permed (also need color touchup for roots)
  • Get a cell phone
  • Get a new bank account in Korea
  • Have at least one decent conversation in Korean
  • Eat good bulgogi
  • Go shopping! I need new clothes :)
Goals for each blog post (at least once a week):
  • 1 highlight and 1 unhappy event
  • 1 foreign blunder of the week
  • 1 new useful Korean word
  • 1 cool place to visit in Seoul
And I will (hopefully) have nice, pretty pictures to accompany each post! I’m so excited!