Autumn Foliage Viewing
Dec05

Autumn Foliage Viewing

As the season has changed from summer to fall, there are a lot more tourists in Kyoto. According to my Japanese teacher, they come to visit many of the temples and shrines that Kyoto has to offer. But also to see the ‘紅葉’, or Autumn leaves. At first I was skeptical of just how many people would be here to see the fall foliage, but it turned out to be a lot more than I expected. Every day, the bus has been packed with...

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The First Month
Oct30

The First Month

After the first week of coming to Japan, everything became a whir of trying to orientate myself here. There was a lot of paperwork we had to do for both the university and for Japan, not to mention I had to buy more groceries and the store near the bottom of the hill! Still, between all of the work, there was a lot of time to go exploring with everyone. One of the places that we went to was “金閣寺,” or...

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Getting to Kyoto from Miami
Sep04

Getting to Kyoto from Miami

It’s a little difficult to explain what it’s like to leave the country for a year. At first, you can’t be more excited for it, but then the reality starts to sink in. Suddenly, you’re looking at your wallet wondering how you’re going to survive on more than pasta and rice. That’s about how it felt when I was in the airport in Miami. Though, having stayed up all night unable to sleep, I also just...

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A Not so Difficult Decision
Jul24

A Not so Difficult Decision

Since I left Germany after a two week vacation in high school, my goal has always been to go back, but I did not know how. The opportunity presented itself with the Two Steps Ahead program at UA. The expectations were lofty: become a fluent German speaker inside of two years, take some of my hardest electrical engineering courses at a top German university in German, then cap it all off with six months at Daimler. I always wanted to...

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Not my plan, but whatever.
Jul07

Not my plan, but whatever.

Going to a new place always means meeting new people. That probably is the most fluttering, yet terrifying aspect of going to a new place. I did not expect any of this because I did not intend on starting a new relationship. It started with an email I got from my roommate. First, it was my first time living in a dorm so I was not sure if emailing your roommate was a tradition in a dorm-life. Second, it was Korea, my native country. I...

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Only One Chance to Get the Treasure
Jul07

Only One Chance to Get the Treasure

As a citizen of Korea, but as a child who lived in America since first grade, Korea was unfamiliar to me. Just like any K-Pop star fans, Korea was a fantasy. I went to Korea on Fall 2016 for my social work field placement and on Spring 2017 for a study abroad. I decided to extend my experience in Korea because one semester was not enough to fully immerse into the daily lives of normal citizens. In order to see how culture come in play...

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