Today was a great day. Actually today was a fantastic day with Hyunjeong!
We have a bestfriend date. I didn’t realize it was possible to make such a wonderful friend in this short period of time. I literally become teary eyed just talking about it. This is probably bearing too much, but I feel like I’ve always been different. People think I’m really outgoing and positive and most the time I am. On the other hand, there are times when I need to be alone and just do things on my own without letting anyone else know. I will read, watch a movie, and most the time its exercising. Also, there are things that happen in my life that I can’t explain to just anyone. I was raised in a traditional Korean household. This meant celebrating korean holidays, ancestors, bowing to elders, the chinese new year, and more. I only slept over at a friend’s house once in my entire life. If the sun was down, I was at home. My curfew was 10pm till I was like 21..oh wait I’m 21 years old now hmm that seems off, but it isn’t haha I thought it was a big deal when I was younger. Now I don’t really mind because I know my parents are protective and wanted to raise me right. I appreciate it because I like who I am. too conceded? :P hehe oh well! I had a different lifestyle and my friends could never understand that and I realize its because our culture is different and I’m trapped between the two. American culture is really different from Korean culture. When I met Hyunjeong, it was crazy because we have so much in common and I can tell her things that I’ve never shared with others. It is really incredible. I have wonderful, sweet, caring friends here but our culture is different so its hard to tell them some things. I feel bad saying that, but I hope my vulnerability with inspire anyone else who feels this way to know you are not alone.
I’m really grateful to have met not just Hyunjeong, but so many others from as close as my own school, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, France, Estonia, Uzbekastan, and more. It really is amazing to call them my friends and share this amazing experience with them. I will forever be thankful to everyone involved in this process. :) I love everyone I met and hope that we all stay in touch.
Oh yes, so Hyunjeong and I went exploring numerous places. We began at this German trade show..it was weird…and not what I had imagined. I stink at researching places to go. haha so we went to go eat lunch at this place called watermelon rind!
Oh and I’m wearing the dress that Hyunjeong had bought me and I paid her back quickly hoping that she would forget my embarrassing moment! hehe This was probably one of the best things I ate…Spicy soy cream udon noodles with mushrooms. I don’t know if I could ever recreate this bundle of joy. :( HELP!!!
Next we went to a market that opens every weekend during the summer!
We bought….(I brought enough money this time ;P )
Best Friend Necklaces! :) Happy Happy Joy Joy moment! We agreed that they symbolize friendship during hard times.. No matter where we are in the world, we will always be here for one another and believe in each other! A total “fighting” fist pump moment haha <3
To dO: make 1 friend. You can do it!