During my time as an exchange student in South Korea, I surely had the chance to meet beautiful people who enriched my life with unforgettable encounters and loving memories. Other than getting the chance to visit beautiful places and get in touch with a lifestyle and culture so different from the one I was used to, I was also lucky enough to make friends with some of the most beautiful souls I have ever met in my life so far. One of them is Jihyeon, a bright and talented Korean girl who opened the doors of her house and welcomed me in her family.
When I was first introduced to 용마랜드 Yongmaland, I remember I felt particularly confused. I had never heard about it before, and when I was suggested by a Korean friend to reach an abandoned amusement park and have a walk there, I had no clue why someone should ever recommend a place like that for a day trip and, above all, why someone should ever accept.
However I did it, and thanks to my curious attitude I visited one of the most IN places in Seoul for Instagrammer wannabes and more.
Visiting the DMZ has always been my dream, ever since I started cultivating a certain interest in the Korean political situation. I was indeed fascinated by the history of these two countries, the divergences in their current lifestyle, culture and language; I was intrigued by the relationship they established throughout the years and its slow changes that finally led to the celebrated meeting of the last 18th of April. This topic had always had a heavy emotional impact on me and when I was offered the chance to visit the Demilitarized Zone, namely the border area corresponding to the 38th parallel separating the two Koreas, I didn’t hesitate and immediately paid for the tour. Read More
The reason why I haven’t posted anything in the last 6 months or so is linked to the biggest event of my 2018, and possibly of my entire life so far: thanks to a scholarship won with a contest held by my University, I had the chance to study at Sungkyunkwan University, in Seoul, for one semester as an exchange student. Even though I had promised myself to keep up with my blog project, life, fortunately, hit me harder than expected: there wasn’t a day I was given to rest, I fully lived any single moment and experience I was offered. If on one side this meant to set aside the blog for months, on the other I collected so many memories that now I have plenty of topics and places to talk about in my digital diary.
Given the necessary introduction, I want to make my comeback today with a travel chronicle of my trip to Busan, in the hope it can usher in a new chapter of my blog!