고연전 – The Korea/Yonsei Games

The university pride in Korea is very serious, especially from students at the SKY universities – Seoul National University, Korea University, and Yonsei University – which are typically considered to be the three major schools here. Walk around Seoul as soon as the weather is cool enough to warrant a jacket, and you’ll see countless students from every university in Seoul plastered in their schools’ varsity jackets, complete with their majors embroidered on the back. I own two. Every September, an enormous sports competition is held between Korea and Yonsei, called the 고연전 (koyeonjeon – Korea/Yonsei games) – or the 연고전 […]

September~November: Diary

Apologies for not posting for the past couple of months – I’ve been so busy with university that I’ve not really had a lot of time for anything other than studying, especially in recent weeks. However, I’m now on a much needed two week break from classes, having completed my first semester and passed Level 3 of Korean. I moved last week, too; I no longer live in my beloved Hapjeong, but am closer to my school, and share an apartment with one of my best friends here in Korea. So, now that things are finally settled – for the first […]

Seoul Base Camp Hostel

Seoul Base Camp was my first home in Korea. I worked here for three months last year, stayed when I visited Korea for a few days last November, and now I’m back here working again for a few weeks while I readjust to Korean life. But, despite having spent so much time here, I have apparently not been so good at telling anybody back home what it’s like. So: welcome to Base Camp. I found the hostel quite by chance in 2013. Because of our limited budget, I was looking for a work exchange programme for myself and my best friend Anisa, […]