DAY 11 | January 22
Today began in Seoul, South Korea as we attended the welcoming ceremony at Chung-Ang University.
We were given a booklet with all the information we need.
We found out that some of the students leading our winter program actually visited Saint Mary’s College this past summer and had a great time!
They even gave us each a CAU sweater!
From there we went to lunch and toured the campus a bit.
Than we had our first lecture on the Demilitarized Sone (DMZ) which we will visit tomorrow! Professor Chang-Hwan Kim specialized on the DMZ and gave us a lecture on the past, present, and future of the boarder between South Korea and North Korea.
He asked for question and I had a burning question about the Bonifas park named after Arthur Bonifas was I know a family that knows his wife! He was impressed by the question and gifted me a book he helped write about the DMZ called, “Whispers of the DMZ”.
We then had a lecture on the Korean language, way easier than Chinese but we are so used to Mandarin now it will be hard to transition!
We then returned to the dorms for a bit, they are very nice! I guess they don’t like door to the sink are of the bathroom… And we also need to take our shoes off before entering the room. Also, to save energy, we need to insert our room card to be able to use the lights in the room.
We then went out to an Italian dinner where we met more Korean students and some that attended SMC this past summer!