Time flies

Hi everyone! Gurutabo here, but I recently found out that the Korean name I was given isn't correct - it's suppose to be more similar to my English name (I am not suprised). But since my wrong name already is in all the schools paper I'll go with Gurutabo for one more month.
 
Time flies and it's less than a month left before me and Anny will be back in Sweden. I really miss Swedish food, my co-workers at Hemtex and all my friends. I was on Skype with Linnea for a couple of days ago and I thought my heart was going to break, it's a wierd feeling having a such close friend so far away.
 
But obviously I still don't want to go home, not yet. There's so many people I've got the honor to know and I feel like it's to early to leave. I've met so many warm-hearted people giving me another perspective of life. I never really understod the true meaning of exchange in 'exchange student' until some days ago, because there's a big exchange of knowledge and respect between countries. And most important of all: friendship.
 
The weather here is beautiful, it's like we're given perfect autumn days every day - with no rain. During our time here I think we've experienced rain about only four times (and one of those times was in Japan). I don't feel bad for missing the first snow in Sweden since I know I'll experience the snow during january, february, march, april... Something that's quite strange though is that we're missing the madness about christmas. I am receiving e-mails about christmas gifts and for weeks I've been able to se christmas advertising on Swedish webpages. I know that Hemtex are like a christmas wonderland at this moment, but here it's barely noticeable yet. It makes me forget that december is just one week away and I feel like I am still in october. 
 
Well anyway, let me update you with some pics (the Anny-way):
 
This is my "Korean family" that I love so much, being here wouldn't have been the same without them. The picture is from last weekend when we went out in Itaweon and started the night at this bar that was really nice. We're known as "the loud Swedes on the bottom floor" or just simply "Melrose Place".
 
Here I am having dinner with Garam and Ahmi. They're working at ISL (International Student Lounge) outside their studies and doing an excellent job with taking care of us exchange students. 
 
This beautiful girl is my student buddy Erica and it seems like INHA knows how to be a true matchmaker because me and Erica have so much in common that it's insane. The best quote from here is "Sometimes I wonder: Why am I so perfect?", something I really can recognize, haha.
 
 Me and Anny had brunch with Ahmi this friday, two of my favorite girls in Korea <3
 
Afterwards we visit the Kimchi Charity event at campus, here I am supporting my friend Billy.
 
 Later on friday night we went out for clubbing in Hondae. We hang with one of my korean friends, Paul, and his two friends from France. It was an awesome night with too many clubs and too much alcohol. Two glass of red wine, seven beers, one drink and two shots. Just gotta love Hondae.
 
 Yesterday (yes, hangover day) we went to Lotte World that was completely insane. We were quite shocked by all the action that was around us. Best part was the ice skating, me and Luisa showed that we were true scandinavians on the ice. We also tried to teach Anny of to ice skate but it didn't go so well...

KON NI CHI WA!

Hello, Anny here!
 
Well, surprisingly, I am also going to write about our Tokyo trip! And because Gustav and I share the blog, some of the things Gustav wrote about will be sort of repeated in my post. So sorry for that, but I hope it will be interesting to read anyway. 
 
The whole trip went really smooth and it only took 1 h and 50 min to fly to Tokyo. Maybe it had something to do with that I basically slept the whole flight. Well, to wake up at 4.15 is not what I do everyday...
 
Tokyo took my breath away. I had very high expectations and Tokyo did not disappoint me! Cool is the only word I can come up with now to decribe it. Every second I spent there were full of excitement and happiness.
I´ve always wanted to visit this amazing city and now my dream has finally come true. The food we ate was unbeatable. OH.MY.GOD, the sushi?! I will find it very hard to eat the "sushi" in Sweden again. I´ve never tasted something like that before. The fish just melted in my mouth and even the ginger tasted better. And all the snacks, crepes, noodles and shabushabu. I am ridicilously weak for food, ask any of my friends haha. 
 
The shopping was really my cup of tea. The fashion in Tokyo is much more my style, and the fact that they had a lot of vintage stores made it even better. The fashion was so fun, bright, colorful and sometimes even outrageous. The Korean fashion is actually a little too "nice" for me, so I went bananas in Tokyo with the shopping! I also got to visit Monki, which is the brand I work for in Sweden. (Yes, Monki is Swedish and I am so proud that they´ve opened a store in Harajuku). I was really looking forward to visit this store so I got very emotional when I went in there. The smell of the store reminded me of my store in Sweden and all my colleagues. And all the fantastic clothes! I know, it sounds like I am advertising for Monki but, I really love the brand and the whole concept.
 
I just have to write something about their toilets. How luxurious isn´t it to sit on a warm toliet seat when you´ve been out in the cold? And all the functions on it was so sick. The toliet could even sense when I was close to it and opened the toilet lid by itself. I got pretty scared the first time haha. I kind of miss them actually. 
 
 
 
#TiredSwedishGirls@IncheonAirport
 
 
Eeeeh, have I told you that math is not my strength? Well, conversion of currency in my head also counts as math. It was very confusing to go from counting Korean won to Japanese yen...
 
 
Henrik, Stina & Gustav <3.
 
 
Henrik posing between the "capsules" we slept in. I was pretty skeptical first about them, but they turned out to be pretty cozy! And we lived really near Shinjuku, it took only 15 min with the subway. The only negative thing was you had to share with 20 other people in that room. Can you imagine the smell in the room after 4 nights...
 
 
 
 
 
I only had 8 plates:( Should have eaten more...
 
 
 
 
The "Mental Hospital Restaurant", where we were served freaky drinks. What a special experience!
 
 
 
At the bar "Albatross" in Golden Gai, Shibuya. Awesome night!
 
 
Yoyogi Park in Harajuku. People dressed up in traditional Japanese clothes and it was very beautiful. We were looking forward to see some cosplay too but they didn´t show up that Sunday. We obviously didn´t have the luck on our side that day:(
 
 
Haha, lovely Johanna at the lake in Yoyogi park <3
 
 
The kareoke bar was so fun. We all had a really good time and were laughing so much. Have to do this again!
 
 
We LOVE this face <3
 
 
And finally, Tokyo Tower. 
 
WE LOVE YOU TOKYO!
 
<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3

TOKYO

Hello! Gurtabo here, as usual - but I know that Anny has a big blog post coming up soon so don't ya worry! As you all know we were in Tokyo for a couple of days and had the most intense and exhausted experience ever, but obviously the best word do describe it with is amazing.
 
Tokyo sure is different compared to Seoul in many ways, first of all there's just so much people in Tokyo that you think you're going crazy - when you were crossing the street it sometimes felt like you were in a maraton. One of the biggest differences in my opinions is that you easily can tell that Tokyo is an "old city" when everything here in Korea feels quite new, adapted and flexible. I would always choose the metro system in Korea over Japan, it's no wonder that Tokyo has a rumor of having the worlds most difficult metro system. It went quite smootly for us though, bet we hardly ever travelled more than three stations.
 
When it comes to fashion Tokyo is obviously way more fun and interesting, the styles there were crazy and we just loved it. Unfortunately I had some problems with finding good clothes for me, I've realized that I am really into the typical Scandinavian style with its black on black. We were in Tokyo only for about four days and there's so much more to experience, but I would say that Korea suits me better. Tokyo is more crazy and here it's more commercial, which I must agree is more my style. 
 
Anyway, here comes some texts and pics about our trip:
 
We needed to go up 4.20 in the morning, do I need to say we were way tired? "We" by the way is me, Anny, Johanna, Josefina, Henrik, Stina, Hannes and Nadine. Luisa was in Tokyo the week before with her parents so we left here home alone, poor little baby... Everyone were dressed only in black, as always, making that Scandinavian statement, and I joked about that we were models going away for a photo shoot. The trip went extremely smooth, me and Anny slept during the whole flight which took about only two hours.
 
 
When we got to Narita airport we took an express train to the area our hostel was in. The trip took about one hour and 20 minutes and during the whole trip we could se beautiful landscapes and houses outside the window. Everything was green and it felt like we had been transfered back in time to summer again with a temperature of 20 degrees Celsius.
 
The biggest chock for me was to realize that Tokyo had left-hand traffic! We tried to take a taxi two times to our hostel but they just wouldn't let us, saying that we should go to the other side of the street both times. We got really confused and a polite, Japansese woman tried to help us but only made our more confused. Somehow we were able to get a taxi and check in to our hostel which was a capsule-hostel, it's very common in Japan. So we shared a room with about 80 other people living in the small capsules, haha. It sure was an experience!
 
 
The first day we spent in an area called Shibuja and enjoyed the city life of Tokyo by doing some shopping and eating the best sushi ever from a rolling band. After the dinner we went for a drink at the wierdest place ever that gave you the vibes of a mental hospital there you sat in different cells. At one moment the music got really spoky and everything went dark, for a moment we all thought we were going to die. The drinks were as wierd at the place, some of them you drank from baby bottles and other you stirred with a dildo.
 
Everyone were extremely tired because of the early morning, but me and Henrik still managed to go out for some clubbing with a result of going to bed at 5 am and wake up three hours later for more sightseeing.
 
 
The second day we walked and walked and walked...We actually walked all day just visiting stores and doing Tokyo. In the evening we went to the coolest area ever with like a hundred different, tiny bars with only space for about eight people. You knock on the doors before you enter (only to realise it already is full). We realized that we needed to split up and me, Anny, Nadine and Stina were lucky to go to this awesome bar called Albatross that just was fantastic with burning candles and chandeliers.
 
After visiting some bars the others went out, but me and Johanna decided to go home instead for some sleep.
 
 
The third day we walked just a little bit more. We went to a huge park and walked around in beautiful nature, there was a lot of well dressed people walking around for a sundaywalk(?) and a lot of the kids were wearing traditonal japanese outfits.
 
In the evening we were all exhausted and dying for having som typical japanese food. We found a good place and just before going in the elevator some japanese guys fell out stinking alcohol, we just sighed and said that this would probably be a really quiet dinner since everyone were so tired.
 
We were so wrong about that. For 90 minutes we had a buffet of drinks and we ordered so much wine that we just could during that time. The food itself was really good, and social (as all asian food), which I would explain as "boiled pork" which was way better than it actually sounds. So the room got really hot after a while, and with all the wine on that we all had red, blushing faces.
 
Just like the guys before us, we also fell out from the elevator screaming and decided to go to a kareokebar. It was so fun, we had a huge room for ourselves and sang(?!) a lot of ABBA songs. After we been pretending to be pop-stars we went to a club with the best music ever. We danced from 01 to 04 nonstop and had a blast, for a while it was actually falling down snow form the roof. The club was totally crowded, and remember that this was on a sunday. Fun fact: a bottle of water had the same price as a Gin & Tonic.
 
 
The last day we slept for quite a while and (yes, you guessed right) did some more walking. The weather changed dramatically and we had rain for a while and it got quite cold. We also visited Tokyo Tower which was really cool with a quite similiar view as Namsan Tower here in Korea. The biggest difference was that in Tokyo they had gone crazy with the christmas decorations, so it was really cozy. 
 
On the morning after we left Tokyo and the trip home also went very smooth. Hello Incheon, see you again soon Tokyo. Very soon.
 

Turning into a korean

Hi everyone! Gurtabo here to make sure that you know that we still are alive. Me and Anny have been having two oral presentations in one week and next week we have another one, it seems like we never are able to just rest. This monday we had a 30 min presentation about the airline industry and its competition, it sure was difference from our school home back in Sweden there we only talk about the fashion industry. The presentation went great together with our friends Mauricio and Sebastien, we think the audience were quite schocked about our English skills. Sure, my accent is awful, but still, compared to others...
 
The topic in advertising this week was sex in advertising, something that all cultures and countries seemed to have what I could understand from the discussions. Sweden did stick out from the crowd though since our campaigns includes way more nudity than others and the fact that we don't really think that that's a big deal since we're so used to it. As said, Sweden is quite different from other countries. 
 
It feels like I am turning into a Korean. I don't remember the last time I used spotify because I only listen to K-pop these days and they're only available on Youtube so far for me. I have been watching more Korean movies than I can count and just recently I've been obessed with Korean dramas. It's like TV-series but the episodes are about 60 min and there's only "one season" so it's more lika very, very long movie. This week I've been watching like five-six episodes every day. I know, I am addicted. But I learn so much about the Korean culture and also it's makes it easier for me to learn the laungage. I've actually said that the only thing that stops me from moving here is the laungage, once I will be able to speak Korean you know what will happen.
 
Tomorrow I need to start to use my Japanese phrases instead since we're going to Tokyo for five days, friday-tuesday. It's the city I always have been wanting to go to, it's like a dream coming true. We don't have any specific plans yet but there's a lot of things we want to do obviously. There isn't that much Wifi in Japan compared to Korea though so don't you worry if you don't hear from us.
 
Sayonara!
 
The fall has finally arrived to Korea for sure, isn't beautiful?!

HALLOWEEN IN KOREA

Oh, what a weekend we had! I have not had a single dull weekend in Korea yet, is it even possible?! Halloween in Korea was really something special. We were looking forward to celebrate it and was brainstorming about what we wanted to dress up like. Josefina found out on the internet that Dongdaemun has a "toy street" where you can buy everything from kids toys to funny outfits. 
 
2013 November 1
 
And here we are after a subway trip of 1,5 hours. Johanna tried a few outfits.....The staff was not so happy about our little exploration in their store.
 
 
Our own little Cat woman Josefina <3
 
 
After the shopping, we went to Namdaemun market. It was totally amazing! All the food and novelties on the market made us completely hysterical. This was definitely not a one-time thing, gotta go back soon!
 
 
We had the famous Korean dish Bibimbap in Namdaemun. I always order this in Sweden whenever I go to Korean restaurants. But it´s a little different, the Bibimbap in Korea is almost always vegetarian, while the one in Sweden is with beef meat. However, vegetarian or not, I can´t get enough of it! Nomnomnom.
 
 
Josefina and I making a goofy grimace. This is actually Josefinas favorite grimace haha! I have also started doing it lately because it works for all occasions :P
 
2013 November 2
 
I ended up as my childhood idol Sailor Moon and Gustav was a innocent and handsome school by. Score!
 
 
Sailor Moon vs Sexy priest. 
 
 
Cutest Hit Girl ever!
 
 
Handsome Captain carries a drunken Sailor moon haha.
 
 
Lolita, Captain, Sailor boy and Sailor Moon on their way out! We were supposed to go to a party in Jonggak where we were invited. But it was too crowded so we didn´t get in. But that did us a favor, we found out later that the club sucked! We ended our night in Hongdae and had a really good time that was unforgettable. (Well, at least the parts that I can remember from that night...)
 
Now, off to the gym and burn some calories! 
 
//Anny Chu a.k.a Pika Chu

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