As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m living in a hasookjip, or boarding house, rather than the university dormitories. While initially planning my stay in Korea, I was interested in living in a hasookjip because it’s a more immersive experience than living in the dorms. Not only do you actually use the language (English very quickly becomes the language-of-choice in the dorms), but you also get real, home-cooked Korean breakfasts and dinners.
I ended up applying for a dorm room anyway because it would have been convenient (it’s right next to the building where my classes are held) and would have helped me meet other students. However, since dormitory housing is very limited at Yonsei, I didn’t get a spot.
I think that worked out for the best. I’ve been here a week now, and despite the oppressive humidity and unrelenting heat, I’ve survived in my tiny hasookjip room (thanks to a fan that’s always on), made some friends, and enjoyed some great home-cooked meals.
Here are some snapshots from my meals here at the hasookjip. Tonight, we had bibimbap for dinner (remember the airplane bibimbap I had exactly a week ago?). This one was much, much better. Home cooking makes everything tastier.
Lastly, you know life is good when a wall at the convenience store/minimart around the corner looks like this…
Sorry for the poor quality iPhone photos!