Ayuanna, Outbound to Korea

So many things have happened since my last journal. I’ve made a lot of new friends, and I go out with my friends a lot now.

I am also teaching myself how to draw, and it relieves my stress a lot. I did not really like to draw before I came to Korea, but a lot of times I sit in class, and I don’t have anything to do, so it keeps me occupied.

Soon I will have to change houses. We change houses on December 2, and I move 30 minutes outside of my town. Now I will have to wake up way earlier than I used to. The host family that I am going to is new, so no one really knows anything about them. I don’t know if they have a child abroad like the other host families that I am going to go to, but I am looking forward to meeting them.

Most of the tests for my grade are done so I get to hang out with my friends a lot more than I used to. Because Korea focuses heavily on studying and education I don’t get to talk to my friends as much as I used to talk to my friends in America. I don’t talk to the other exchange student from Florida as much as I did in the beginning but I hear that they are having a great time, and I am having a great time too.

I wish I could get more pins for my jacket, but I don’t meet many exchange students and my district is very small. There are only three exchange students including me. I really don’t think I will ever meet the other exchange students in Korea, but we do talk in a group chat.

I go on many trips with my host mom in my host brother. They treat me very well, and I don’t feel homesick very much. My fluency in Korean is getting better, and I can basically understand what people say to me if they talk a little slower. I try to answer everyone in Korean as much as I can.

At the beginning of November we had our first in country trip to a mountain called, “Naejyang.” It is very popular in Korea. There were many foreigners, so we could enjoy the mountain without being stared at. Though it was very cold and the lines were very long so we did not stay for long. I got to eat this very delicious food called “Ddeokbeokki.” It is eaten in Korea a lot.

Last week we had a festival in my town, and I was crowned the strongest girl. It wasn’t very hard to beat the other girls because they are more petite than me. Going to the festival allowed me to get closer to the people in my class because many of them were a part of the booths that were there. I will be very sad when the school year ends and I have to make new friends. In Korea it is different, the first semester starts in April and ends in June. Then the second semester starts in July and ends in December.

Yesterday it snowed for the very first time. It was so pretty, but the snow did not stick so it quickly melted by today. In Korea it is typical of couples to watch the first snow together because it signifies being together forever. It was the first time that I saw snow in eight years even though I slept through it. Though in the morning when I was walking to school it was not very fun to slide on the ice.

Since Korea is very big on cosmetics, my friends wanted to help me try cosmetics. It also helps that my mom wanted me to try cosmetics too so once our school break comes we will go out of town to buy cosmetics. I am looking for to going out of town for the first time without my host family.

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