I’m so glad to be finally blogging again…these past few months have been so hectic for me and flying by! The reason why I haven’t been blogging in so long was because I moved to Korea for university!😍🇰🇷 There was so much preparation to do and I had such little time to do it all, and then once I arrived, I spent so much time travelling and being busy in uni, I didn’t have much time to blog but I will try to blog as often as I can!
So where will I start🤣 Visiting Korea had been my dream for yearssss, let alone living in Korea, I still can’t believe I’ve managed to achieve this at my age and I’m so proud of myself. I love everything from the language to the culture, from the people to the fashion! Words can’t explain how happy I am to be here and I’ve already made so many amazing memories! I’m also super happy I can actually put my Korean to use here as well😆
The process to get here was stressful and difficult, I had so much to prepare in terms of flights, accommodation, what I was going to bring etc. Then, I had a ton of paperwork to do, a ton of covid related paperwork to do and had to apply for a visa, get medical checks done, get vaccines etc. The weeks leading up to my departure were hectic! But I don’t regret any of it because it was so worth it!
When I left Ireland for Korea, I flew from Dublin to Qatar and from Qatar to Incheon, and from Incheon to Busan! Although this sounds way more straight forward than it actually was…. (Also, I arrived in Korea in early August, so this was a while back). The meals on the plane were pretty nice! And I managed to watch some movies!
When I arrived in Incheon, they took my temperature when I came off the plane (I think they should have waited for us to cool down etc because we were on flights for over 10 hours, we had a mask on the entire time, not to mention a visor on our forehead! (And they took our forehead temperature). Everyone reacts differently to long haul flights. Anyways, when I got off the plane, they took my tempterature and they thought it was too high (37.8) and they wouldn’t let me go to my destination as they assumed I had covid (which I didn’t). And I told them to give me time to cool down and they didn’t so I had to do covid paperwork and it was super stressful as I had people from my university waiting for my arrival in Busan. After the paperwork, I had asked them to re-take my temperature and it had gone down to 37.5 degrees and it still wasn’t good enough for them!!!!! I was so upset and annoyed because it wasn’t even a fever. So what ended up happening was, I had to do hours of paperwork and I got covid tested (which was super uncomfortable and slightly painful) and I was sent to a hotel to stay there for the night. This meant, I couldn’t go to Busan that day, and my quarantining was going to be delayed. And to make matters more annoying, once I arrived in the hotel, they took my temperature again and I was 36.5 but it was too late by then… So it was obvious I did not have covid but I had to stay the night anyways. The only good thing that came out of this was that the hotel room was really nice🤣🤣🤣 I ended up getting a call at 5am saying my result for covid was negative and I was free to go. If the people in the airport had given me some time to cool down, all of this could have been avoided😭 Anyways, after that, I got on a bus back to the airport to collect my sim card I had pre-ordered and then got a bus to a train station, and got the train to Busan! (Don’t worry, there were no zombies🤣🧟♀️🧟♂️). Once I arrived, I was greeted by workers from the university and I had more paperwork to do and then I had to be covid tested again!!!😭 Then I was driven privately to my university and went to my dorm room!
I had to quarantine for 14 days and my meals were brought to me in front of my dorm room three times a day! 9-10am for breakfast, 12-1pm for lunch and 5-6 pm for dinner!
The meals were okay! We had rice for all our meals with different meats and veg, with soup and a bottle of water! For breakfast sometimes we would have cereal or bread with jam and egg!
The 14 days actually went by super quickly for me! I spent the two weeks chatting with friends and family, doing exercise, studying Korean and relaxing! I was super happy when I was finally released though! And I had great Korean bbq with the other students that night too!
Living in Korea hasn’t been a cultural shock to me due to my Chinese background and in Hong Kong there are many similarities, but still, Korea never fails to excite and amaze me!😍
I’ve been out of quarantine for a few months now, and I can’t waiiiit to upload posts on what I have been up to and where I have travelled!
University is going great here and I just finished my mid-term exams!😆 I still can’t believe how quickly time has gone by! I hope all of you are doing well, especially during these covid times! I’m really grateful I was able to move here and that Korea is functioning as normal (schools are still open, so are bars, clubs, shops etc, no lockdowns), and covid is being dealt with really well here😁
Also, for those of you who have been following my blog since 2016, you’ll probably know that I’ve been dying my hair for years, many different colours but I’ve always dyed it blonde, trying to get it to the lightest I could and I finally had gotten to the platinum stage. And as much as I loved being blonde, my hair was getting too damaged with all the bleaching and I couldn’t do the upkeep anymore when my black roots would show. So, I decided to go back to my natural hair colour and I love it, I’m so happy and the hair dresser was so sweet and it was so much more affordable than what I would have paid in Ireland!
I will most likely not dye my hair again and I’m sooo happy I won’t have to do my roots anymore!😍
I’m sorry for not blogging in so long but I hope you understand and I hope you have been keeping well! I can’t wait to share my experiences here
Thanks for reading💋 Bel💃