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gathyou 8th-Nov-2019 09:50 am (UTC)
Hello everyone!

I'M BACK :D The trip to Korea was amazing. Two weeks felt too short TT
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All our days were absolutely PACKED with activities. We visited and walked so much. Most of the two weeks were spent in Seoul, but we had three days in Jeju and one in Nami Island. As of main activities, we did two trails (Hallasan in Jeju for the difficult one, Bukhansan in Seoul for the easier one), several walks by the seaside in Jeju, the lava tunnels, and many, many neighbourhoods in Seoul by feet too. We visited the two main palace areas. I went to a museum about Seoul's history (and consequently, Korea's history) that was really interesting.
We ate so much food lmao most of my money went there. We also partied hard, mostly Itaewon since our airbnb was close, but outside of the partying area.
Some shopping but not as much as I expected, I have two piece of clothing, a few small presents, a few kakaofriends/artbox goodies and 11 albums only (also three posters that I don't know what to do with???). I went to buy Taeyeon's Purpose on the day of the MV release but it wasn't on sales yet, so I finally got my copy two days after, and got the limited edition. So pretty (and so big???).
There's only one day I didn't do anything, instead stayed in the airbnb/on the rooftop (while the others went biking in Yeouido), but I had been partying until 9 am so I guess I deserved my day off alone XD
There was some drama since we left with 6 people and met 2 other people in Seoul, but overall I think we handled it pretty well. We were able to resolve any argument by talking afterwards like adults. I feared much worse.
I also didn't have much anxiety. I had a few moments during parties but I blame alcohol, it either makes me a carebear (super happy, hugging everyone, etc) or a big ball of nerves hiding in the back. Thankfully I was able to shake off these moments pretty easily. I also had one day that was riddled with anxiety and a lot harder to shake off ; coincidentally it's the day we visited a buddhist temple and sat down inside to meditate, which in turn made me cry like a baby but feel better afterwards lol. But overall a lot more manageable than the anxiety attack I had in Iceland.


Now back to France TT
As soon as I arrived, I fell sick lol. I've been coughing since Monday, the coughing fits are bigger but more spaced today and I'm finally starting to feel better so I'm hoping it's the end. I didn't went to a doctor because I wouldn't be covered by my job (until the end of the month ; after that, I'll have done enough time with them and they'll cover my sick days). It was hell to go back to work jet-lagged and sick, on top of not wanting to attend this job anymore. It's soooo hard to concentrate lmao
Nothing happened while I was away, apart from one case, my boss kept telling "wait for Gathyou to come back in two weeks!!!" so now I have to handle the delays. She had also packed my schedule with meetings, as if I didn't have enough to do TT. But at least I haven't seen her for the whole week, except briefly while we attented the same meeting two days ago! Her schedule is packed even more than mine.

This weekend I'm going back to my parents, especially since we have a bank holiday Monday. I have many things planned but above all some rest, and job-searching. I'm looking forward to it :)

How were your weeks Omona? what do you have planned for the weekend?
apori 8th-Nov-2019 09:59 am (UTC)
Welcome back! I'm really happy to hear you had a great time (for the most part). How was the temperature in Seoul?

Getting back to work jetlagged, tired and sick sucks in the best of circumstances but I'm sure it's even worse for you now given the situation there. At least you have your escape plan and can go around with the knowledge that it's only temporary? Also good to be able to avoid you know who for as long as you can!

Ps. I'm waiting for us to become best friends in Pokemon now 🤣
gathyou 8th-Nov-2019 10:52 am (UTC)
Overall very nice and sunny! Cold in the mornings and evenings, warm enough during the day to hang around with a jacket only. We only had two very cold days + one rainy evening (but we hide in a restaurent while it was pouring down lol). We were really lucky.

I don't know, since I've taken my decision to leave ASAP, I feel like my mind has checked out of the job and it's soooo hard to care and concentrate. Today is really hard to. But I'll do it!

Hahaha soon :D
apori 8th-Nov-2019 11:02 am (UTC)
It's completely understandable that you're mentally since you've made the decision. It's actually amazing it didn't happen sooner given the environment! Let's hope things settle and you can move on quickly. Hang in there for the rest of the day, then you can see you parents and hopefully have a nice weekend <3
gathyou 8th-Nov-2019 12:25 pm (UTC)
It hasn't been six months yet, I feel like it's going way too fast!!! even my psy told me last session that she felt surprised but proud that I was able to take such a decision so quickly. Let's hope I keep the quick pace and move on to a better job for 2020!
Fridays are always chill, I'm not at the office :) I have a train rather early anyway so at 5 pm I'm going home XD
Have a great weekend as well <3
aures 8th-Nov-2019 11:30 am (UTC)
argh no i typed a huge reply and then my browser crashed and it's gone, so this will be a bit shorter sorry ;~;

welcome back! i'm so happy to have you here again, i really really missed you and i'm so glad you had such an amazing time, it's good to hear you had such a wonderful time in SK! it must have been amazing to just walk around so much and just explore and see all the different sides and cultures and all that. i love that you walked so much, i find it the best way to discover and explore somewhere, you get to see and experience so much more! what did you enjoy eating the most? and what was your favorite thing you saw?

sorry to hear you had such a rough time coming back! i hope you will feel better soon, it's awful coming home, getting sick and then have your sht boss shove all that work upon you. i hope you have a good weekend with your parents! have fun! i hope you will be able to find a new job soon, how is the work environment in france/paris at the moment? you think you'll be able to find a job pretty easily or is it awful right now?
gathyou 8th-Nov-2019 12:15 pm (UTC)
Awww :(
Iceland was a road trip but with really big distances which unable us to get off the car and walk for a while ; with Korea it was the opposite as we steyed (except for two nights) in the same place and used public transport/our feet. Totally different perspective. I enjoyed being able to go back to places we've been too (we did Bukchon twice, to visit and the second time wearing hanboks to take pictures).

Prettiest for me would be the Hallasan trail in Jeju (even if it was so hard, our bodies were all broken after lol) and the Changdeokgung secret garden in Seoul. But the best mix of scenary + atmosphere + friends being around was Nami Island. We were seven that day, just walking around, talking and enjoying ourselves. The trees had wonderful colors from green to bright orange or deep red, and the sky was incredibly blue and pure as well.

Best food was the first meal we had in Jeju, some kind of noodle/pork broth. At 11 am there were already so many Korean locals we had to wait 30 minutes to get in the restaurents (we were the only tourists) and damn it was worth it.
I also remember a meal of jajangmyeon ; I was briefly sick for two days/not eating a lot (culminating with me feeling really bad after partying on Saturday night until Sunday 9 am lol I know I'm dumb XD) and the friends I was partying the whole night with made sure to bring me food later that day. It was just delivery service so probably not the best jajangmyeon I could try but omg it felt amazing and I loved it so much.

Also another really fun experience was ending up in a gay bar in Itaewon where they only played kpop girl groups - and knowing all the songs lmao. I felt like a teenager again XD

My job is basically to provide jobs for those who have trouble finding one, so if I can't help myself... XD There's job in my field, I just don't want to land on anything so it might take some time. Who knows. I'm not too worried about the job search actually, more about how I will hold up at my job during that time (because I'm not leaving it until I have something secured).
aures 8th-Nov-2019 01:24 pm (UTC)
oh that sounds gorgeous, especially with all the colors and the differences in scenery! i'm so glad you had a good time
that trail and that garden sound perfect, i love things like that! it's nice to just walk around and explore :3
how nice you got to wear hanboks, were they difficult to wear or not much?

the meals sound so good! i love how koreans enjoy their food haha, they always come across and such foodies and i love that for them
and omg how fun @ the gay bar, that sounds amazing and REALLY fun!

i agree that you shouldn't give up your job until you have something else, or at least try to hold up as long as possible because no job is pretty awful tbh, it's awful here so it can't be much better in france
i truly hope something will come up soon! <333 but for now, hope you will relax a bit during the weekend and re-charge at your parents!
gathyou 8th-Nov-2019 02:11 pm (UTC)
Well the trail wasn't just some walking around, it was 20 km climbing onto a volcano XD

It was really easy. There are a lot of hanbok renting places since you can visit the palaces for free if you're wearing one (which is also really cool on pictures, so many tourists wearing hanboks!). We just went to one shop, picked out hanboks, put them above our clothes (with some help from the employees who were checking if the outfit fit) and we even had our hair braided. It was a really fun experience. We took pictures in a alleyway in front of traditional houses and a little ahjumma left her house to ask us questions and re-did all our bows, that was really cute!
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Most of the pictures are on my nikon and not my mobile phone so I don't have them around, but here is the hairstyle I got!

The hanboks themselves are really big and long so you have to hold them when walking (or be on a really flat surface, which isn't really the case often in Seoul) but otherwise comfy because they're so large lol.

They were also completely crazy about coffee, there were coffeeshops EVERYWHERE (but like, real coffeeshops, not weed-coffeeshops XD) and every conveniant store also had choice in coffee (warm and cold). I drunk so many coffees XD

It's a double edged sword because my job being linked to unemployment/helping people find jobs, right now isn't a bad time for me personally. :') And I'm starting to have a good network and idea of where I want to go. But I'm still cautious, I don't want to end up without nothing!
aures 8th-Nov-2019 02:24 pm (UTC)
ah i didn't mean "just some walk around" as in belittling it! i just meant moving/walking in general? (or climbing) but rather than sitting a bus or so, thats what i meant

oh what a GORGEOUS picture, your hair is stunning! how sweet of that lady to re-do all your bows, your hairstyle is so gorgeous, it looks super beautiful! i'm glad it all went so smoothly with wearing it, sounds quite comfortable! i saw a lot of girls walking around in traditional clothes when i was in japan and it looked so uncomfortable all the time so i'ts good to hear they were so large and comfy! must have been such a wonderful experience
gathyou 8th-Nov-2019 02:54 pm (UTC)
We did a tour bus one afternoon though, we were all so tired it served as nap-time XD but now that I understand, yes I totally agree, it's much better to be active. I was one of the persons who really wanted to do the trail (a hangover couldn't even stop me lol) and even though I turned back before the end, I still advanced really far and was really proud of myself :D (also tbh the others should have turned around with me, I'm the only one who was thinking about the way back... and it was long and difficult)

Haha thanks! One of the lady at the renting place did all the hairstyles :)
Yes that ahjumma was so nice and cute ;_;
Aren't kimono really tight around your body? that would make a totally different experience from hanboks. I would love to try one (if the situation ever arise) but I doubt it would be as comfy as hanboks. Unless it's in the summer; in fall hanboks felt a little too warm and heavy so it can't be as ideal under a really sunny/warm weather!
daynr 8th-Nov-2019 07:26 pm (UTC)
welcome back!

How much did you eat? It's so relatively inexpensive, right? On my winter trip, I was so happy with all the various soups, everywhere, everyday, soups. And it's just so dang easy to drink there.

I cannot believe you partied until 9am. Jesus, even when I was young, I only made it to 3 like twice. Europeans (and South Americans) are wild. What did you think of partying there? I've been to a few clubs in Gangnam, and was either ignored or people were so excited to practice their English.
gathyou 10th-Nov-2019 09:07 pm (UTC)
Hello!!! sorry for the late reply TT
We def spent a lot in food but because we ate a lot, and we did a few good restaurents. But you're right, many places are actually really cheap! There were so many soups - also as a "second dish", for example we ate at a fish/seafood restaurent in Jeju and they brought us spicy fish soup to end our meal.
Even when I was younger, I was never able to spend the whole night partying without crashing down at some point XD I once fell asleep in a club; the group of friends had made a big pile with our bags and clothes on seats not far from the dancefloor and I just land on there, hahaha. By 9am my body was shutting down, so I went back to the flat and slept until 1pm XD I'm surprised I was able to go on for so long! but it was really fun!!! I visited a lot but was still able to experience Seoul's nights, I feel like I had both of two worlds :)
We only went to one Pocha in Gangnam, otherwise we went to Itaewon (where our flat was, and where it's easy to party lol especially when one friend in the group knew exactly which clubs to go and which to avoid) and once Hongdae (but even then, we ended up in Itaewon from 3 to 5am lol). We were mostly left to ourselves, but there were always a few people interested in speaking in English :) otherwise I found the Korean people we met very welcoming, but in a distant way? They let you be and respect your space but if you're available to talk, they'll talk as well.
mallmouse 8th-Nov-2019 08:09 pm (UTC)
Wow, sounds like you had a great time! Was it easy to travel around if you don't know the language? Do people speak English, and are there signs in English too?
gathyou 10th-Nov-2019 08:57 pm (UTC)
Hello!!! sorry for the late reply TT We had two people in our big group of friends with decent level of Korean (they spend one year and three years there) so it was really easy to follow them. Most of the travel signs (road signs, information in the subways...) were also romanized so it's easy to get around on your own (especially with kakaomap on your phone to help - lots of free wifi around in Seoul).
But overall I think that a few words in Korea (to order in a restaurent or just to be polite) with English is enough to get by in Seoul :)
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