Traditional Korean Music Performance & Exploring Sinsa {12/15-16/18} NSLI-Y AY

12/15/18 Saturday

We had our December cultural excursion at The Museum of Traditional Korean Music (국립국악박물관). We were able to watch this one and a half hour performance that highlighted different types of traditional Korean music. We were not allowed to take photos or record videos until the very last performance of two men playing traditional Korean drums or 장구. The performances were definitely interesting and the subtitled explanations for both the type of performance and the song lyrics were pretty accurate/made sense this time (in comparison to the mask dance subtitles back in 안동). All the performers wore gorgeous traditional 한복 and seemed to range in age from twenties to late 30s or 40s. I believe that this performance is held every Saturday for a small fee.

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After we watched the performance, we were given the rest of the day to ourselves with no other program activities scheduled. Liam’s birthday had been earlier that week so we decided to all go out and celebrate his birthday with dinner. Originally, we wanted to get tacos and Jacquelyn was able to find this one budget-friendly place in 신사. But upon arrival, we realized that there were definitely not enough seats for the 15 of us. {Everyone ended up coming except Addie who went home early to hang with her host family.} We ended up getting 닭갈비 instead. I ate with Kaitlyn, Jack, and McKenzie. We ordered a cheese 닭갈비 set that came with cheese around the rim of the pot the chicken was cooking in. It was delicious! At the end of the meal, we ordered rice and mixed that in with the remaining sauce and veggies and had some delicious 볶음밥. Highly recommend!

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After dinner, we made our way to Baskin Robbins. I don’t know what came over Liam or me for that matter but Kaitlyn, Josh, Liam, Katie and I decided to order what I believe was a half gallon of ice cream {6 flavors}. It was very very delicious even though we took some risks since Liam wanted all the unique strange sounding flavors. When he brought the ice cream out to us, we were shook by how much there was—it looked huge! But not like it wasn’t to be expected, we finished all of it. At one point, we all took a spoonful of ice cream and fed the person to our right: creating this circle of eating ice cream. It was honestly so strange but hilarious. It only could have occurred after we consumed all of that sugar…

It was only 7:30 by the time we finished our dessert, so the other students decided to head back to 홍대 and go to a 노래방 but I was tired and not in the mood so I came home early. My host family didn’t come home for a while so I was alone for a couple hours which I half spent studying Korean and then also watched this really sad and upsetting kidnapping lifetime documentary? It made me cry… a lot… I do not know why I thought it was a good idea to watch it honestly… but that was my Saturday night.

12/16/18 Sunday

Sunday was just a really calm and relaxing day spent with my host family. We all slept late and enjoyed a really late breakfast. I studied most of the afternoon and worked on my blog out in the living room while my host sisters watched episodes of Victorious or read their 만화s (comics). I also helped my eldest host sister with some English homework.

Later that night, my host siblings and I played the Korean version of Monopoly: Blue Marble Game. The game takes a long time and it got late so we never actually fully finished it as everyone got bored after awhile.

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I spent the rest of the night studying a bit more {memorizing vocab in preparation for the new chapter in Korean class} and then watching YouTube videos. Tomorrow is Monday but I have no school! I’m going to celebrate our start of Winter Break with a fun brunch with Katie~

well, thanks for reading! And I hope you enjoyed this post~ It is kind of on the shorter side than what I’m used to but I don’t want to add tomorrow to it because then it would be a combination of a weekend and a random weekday… I don’t think I like the idea of that so this is it~ I hope it was okay! Till next time~

  • Emma 엠마
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