September 3rd, 2010
I went to a class at Seoul National University (SNU) this morning. It’s taught in Korean, a grad seminar called 한국생활사 Korean Lifestyle(?) basically it is about the way people lived during the Joseon Dynasty. I wanted to audit a class like this so that I would have a chance to practice reading, speaking and listening to academic Korean. However the professor has assigned a RIDICULOUSLY heavy reading load and the week by week breakdown leaves me wondering how interesting it will be. Good thing about auditing, I can bow out later if I decide it’s not working for me. I suspect the professor is younger than I am and she’s never taught this class before.
We were supposed to have dinner with our friend, but she got sick, so it was a pretty uneventful day. The excitement consisted of going to the 아현가구상가 Ahyeon Furniture Market and buying a table approximately four and a half feet long and a little more than two feet wide, Karjam and I are sitting on opposite sides of it as I type, there is room behind his computer for some of my stuff and vice-versa. We also got a small (very) bookshelf and two chairs that match, it’s all an unfinished blond wood. I already feel more productive just to be able to sort of organize my work area. We also bought one more cup today. A couple more purchases and I might feel like a little house-warming party (or two, I think one for Yonsei/academic friends who are going to be both English and Korean speakers and one special one for my 개전연 Gaejeonyeon and other performance friends.)