On November 20th, with early Christmas carols ringing on the streets in Korea, 3 YG members and 3 exchange students visited Namsan Tower located in Yongsan-gu, Seoul. Since it was a time when the coronavirus had increased again, we never took off our masks except when we took pictures. In fact, the official name of Namsan Tower is Namsan Seoul Tower, which Koreans usually call Namsan Tower....
On the 1st of November, three members of Yonsei global, one exchange student, and two exchange student buddies met up to hang out. Though we were expecting to see more exchange students, many of them weren’t able to join us, which led to just the small group of 6 of us spending time together. Due to the unexpected weather, it was hard for us to carry out what we had originally planned out to do. Since we were all very excited to enjoy our time together at Hangang park, that was upsetting for all of us. However, we did not panic, and came up with some other fun things we could do together instead.
The first thing we did was we went to this place called, “Pizza Factory” to enjoy some delicious pizza. At the restaurant, we ordered four half-sized pizzas with different toppings, some spaghetti, as well as some spicy wings. While we were waiting for our food to be served, we took the time to introduce ourselves and share some of our interests. All of us had a good time, since the severity of the Covid-19 situation had been holding us back from meeting new people and being social. It was good to be out again and have the opportunity to get to know other people.
After we finished with our meal, we talked about what we could do next as a group since it was still too early for us to go home. That was when one of students suggested that we go play some board games. We all agreed that it was a great way to get to know each other better and have fun so we decided to head there. At the board game cafe, we picked out some of our favorite games, such as Jenga and Rummikub. Some of us were familiar with the games that had been picked out while some were not. Thankfully, the board game café offered a smart system which contained the rules of all the games and because of it, we were able to pick up the rules with ease.
When we finished with our games, our team leader handed out some Yonsei goods, such as pens, pencil cases, Yonsei bears, and brooches. Even though things didn’t go the way we expected initially, we still had a great time and it was so nice to finally be able to meet new people and engage in meaningful, deep conversations about how we become who we are today.