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I stayed at the Plaza hotel right in front of the city hall of Seoul.

So nice and clean 🙂 Loved waking up to this view every morning..

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I was actually really scared to go to Korea to take my LSAT exam since South Korean media’s portrayal of MERS was extremely scary and serious! However, during my stay in Korea, I barely saw anyone wearing mask. It’s good that I did not cancel my trip!

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Had to get my Shabu fix in Seoul 🙂

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Simple, healthy and delicious!

I love Shabu 🙂

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Walking around the city aimlessly. I love my city so much…

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Some kind of gay protest/festival was going on in front of the city hall.

It wasn’t as fun and bubbly like the ones in LA… there were actually lots and lots of group of Christians holding extremely offensive signs such as “homosexuality is the cause of HIV. I don’t want a female son in law!”

Surprisingly, Seoul still is very conservative city despite all the hypes about cool Kpop culture and whatsoever. I hate to say this, but Koreans could be really territorial and judgmental when it comes to dealing with social issues like this one.

Even for me, It was hard to be accepted as a true “Korean” due to my interethnic identity. And the ongoing historical tension between Japan and Korea didn’t help at all to be accepted as a part of Korean society.

However, I kinda grew out of it and embraced my interethnic identity! Oh well, time heals everything, right?

🙂

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After finishing my LSAT exam, I decided to get out of the testing center area and moved to the Shilla hotel!

Hands down one of my favorite hotels in the world!

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Came down to the library to get my apple mango shaved ice fix!

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Oh, how I’ve missed you..

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Can’t believe I have to wait another year to have this miraculous bowl of shaved ice.

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I still can’t believe how good they are! (and also how EXPENSIVE they are)

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Garosugil fun with my unni <3

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Trying out another trendy alcohol! Yum

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So.good.

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Hehe fun rice wine drinks 🙂

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Ordered another dish to finish off our epic drinks&chat time 🙂

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This Japanese restaurant used to be my family’s favorite Japanese restaurant in Seoul.

It USED to be really upscale and authentic, but its kind of MEH now.

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Still better than any other Japanese restaurants in LA.

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A bottle of cold sake is a MUST! 🙂

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Spicy fish stew.

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It melted in my mouth… I still dream about this!

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Another round of apple mango shaved ice.

I’ll see you next year… bye.. I love you…

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Bye Shilla! Your lobby decoration is always on point!

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Finishing off my epic two weeks in Korea with a bottle of yuzu soju.

It was nice to be loved by my family and recharge myself after going through some difficult phases of my life.

My motherland never fails to soothe and nourish my soul.

And!

I’ll continue my journey in Tokyo!

I love you, Seoul.

Xoxo,

Eriko

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