Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Brita's Back To College

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My shopping experiences is completely different this year in college than last year. One of the main reasons why is because I'm living off campus. Now I have to buy all the essentials I need for an apartment. It is pretty stressful thinking of all the items I need to make my apartment complete. Here are a list of items I purchased for my apartment.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Good for the Seoul: Seoul City and North Korea trip

One of the most exciting things I did during my time in the Ulsan International Program was go to Seoul, South Korea. We had all been waiting for this trip since the first day, and we weren't disappointed when we did go. The UIP staff had a lot of things lined up for us during our trip and even allowed us to stay for the weekend on our own if we wanted to. Since there's just so much to talk about with Seoul (and I'm really not trying to turn this into a travel blog) I decided to share the highlights in this post. So enjoy my favorite adventures of Seoul, South Korea! 

JSA and the DMZ

One of the highlights of my trip was going to the Demilitarized Zone and the Joint Security Area . If you're not familiar with any of these, this is the area where the North and South meet. I had always imaged the border between North and South Korea to be heavily armed with both sides staring defiantly at the other, arms ready for battle with tanks aimed at either side. It wasn't exactly like that. There was kind of a face off when we went. South Korea soldiers where standing at the ready on their side of the border facing the other. There were North Korean soldiers on the other side as well, but closer to their buildings. There was no tanks or machine guns in this area as I had originally imagined.  There were also buildings for both the North and South on built upon the border, so each country basically was half way in the other. Once we left the building, we saw a bunch of North Korean soldiers begin to march down our way. I guess we got out of there just in time! 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Memories and regret in Korea

It's been almost two weeks since I returned home from my study abroad trip to South Korea! I had so much fun participating in the Ulsan International Program and meeting so many amazing people from around the world. I've been documenting some of my adventures on the blog already and I realize there are so many little moments that I haven't shared with you yet. I only have a few more posts on Korea before I wrap up it and go on with the usual, but I did want to share a few special moments and regrets I experienced while there. Here are my memories and regrets in South Korea.

Memory- Seoul

Everything about Seoul was amazing! Even though some of the circumstance seemed bad at first, I'm glad I everything turned out the way it did. I was able to hand out with new people, try new things, and see some amazing sites. I'd love to go back for a better feel of the city and to actually shop like there is no tomorrow!

Regrets- Under packing

I left all of my hair care products at home! I can already hear the shriek of terror from the other naturals through the screen. I had mistakenly thought that the 6 oz regulations applied to all liquids you were carrying, not just your carry on items. So the products that I did manage to bring ran out in the middle of the second week. And of course there were no items nearby that I could use for my hair at all. I managed to get by with a few Korean products that didn't completely strip me of moisture, but I had the toughest time managing my hair. Lesson learned.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Hold your drool. Dishes of Korea

One of the main questions I get asked by people who find out about my trip to South Korea is "How was the food". And my answer is always the same -Great! The food is actually one of the things I miss the most about Korea. Of course I can go to any Korean restaurant nearby and order almost all the same things, but it's not the same-especially not the prices. I was quite the food photographer on my trip and tried to snap as many pics of the meals my friends and I ordered to share with you. So hold your drool, and behold the wonder and glory of the foods of Korea! 

Western Inspired dishes
Just like we have Chinese and Korean restaurants in the states, there are many western options in Korea. I tried to stay away from these places to be honest. I felt as if I could get the same foods back at home without a problem, so I only ventured here when pressed for time or with friends who had limited options to eat because of their diet or stomachs.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Breaking Free

I'm never getting out of here. I'm never going to do anything. These were the thoughts that constantly haunted me for weeks while I lived in Montgomery. I had starting to feel like I was going to be like all the other Montgomerians who planned to leave this town only to be sucked back in somehow. My high school history teacher once told me and my class that college was going to be the only chance many of us had to leave get away from home." Go as far away as you can", he would plea, "or else you'll never leave". Because, he reasoned, going to school here would mean finding love here, settling down here, and starting a new generation of people forever stuck to stay in Montgomery. 

After my plans to escape to college fell through and transferring started to look more impossible everyday, I started to realize I was one of the people he was talking to. I was getting rooted here. And I was afraid I was going to be planted here forever. All of my plans thus far had fallen through and nothing I thought would happen was going as planned. I started to feel stuck and hopeless for a while. It felt as if nothing was going to change for me.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Sam Smith "I'm Not The Only One" M/V

Sam Smith is one of my favorite artists at the moment. I'm sad that his popularity is growing because I want to keep his genius to myself. I know I sound pretty selfish, but I think I deserve some brownie points for promoting him before he became known in America. His song "I'm Not the Only One" has so much soul in it. Maybe I've been watching the James Brown movie trailer too much, but that kind of soul goes in the Mr. Brown hall of fame. I swear I can see Beyonce' or Mary J. Blidge singing this song. Especially Sasha Fierce Beyonce.  I really like the chorus of the song the most. Enjoy it for yourself.


Friday, August 1, 2014

Hyuna's "Red" Is Twerkalicious!

Happy Friday folks! I thought since it's Friday, and we're all happy for the weekend that I will do a music review of Hyuna's "Red." I'm not a fan of the song, but the video is a standout. I got to give it to Hyuna, she may have Popsicle songs, but her music videos are legendary.  She always knows how to make a music video that keeps us talking.  Side note* I want to to applaud her for improving her live performances. She seems more confident on stage then ever!