I had my first homestay experience in October 2012 and I can say it is a rather exciting experience for me. I was traveling alone back then and being someone with a bad sense of direction. I am so proud of myself that I managed to find the way and carried my 20kg luggage to the host’s house by myself.
The homestay that I went was from an apartment, high-rise building style with corridors and lots of neighbours. Its like a longggggg corridor with more than 10 families staying at the same level. When I stepped in, there are 아줌마들 3 ajummas(middle-aged womens) chopping spring onions in the bedroom watching typical korean drama.
One of them came out and welcome me, and so I started speaking to them in my broken basic Korean. She is really friendly and nice, we chatted for more than half an hour before I head out to the streets to begin my tour. She was really surprised by my Korean standard (although its very bad) but she kept saying and repeating 오! 왜 이렇게 잘 하네? (Oh, Why can you do it so well?) hahaha making me awkward and so I just smile it off.
Then… she handed me room key, I was rather disappointed as from the influenced from Korean drama. I was expecting all the door-lock in Korea houses to be locked in electronic password lock style.
sadly, it isnt..
Anyway, here comes my princess room!
Alright so the day.. I had a really long night and slept like 4am!! Guess whattttttt!! I was waken up by my host ajumma at 8am in the morning…. she knock on my door hard and told me to have breakfast?! It was really really nice of her to do prepare breakfast for me. Honestly, I was dead tired but I couldnt make myself to refuse her kind gesture So I dragged myself out of bed and was greeted by my first ever korean breakfast.
This dish is called 떡국 (ddok-guk) which means rice-cake soup.
I only slept for 4 hours, I just got out of bed, my mind and body is still in a sleep mode. Seriously, I have no appetite at all. To me… at that point in time, this rice-cake is one of the hardest thing to bite and swallow in this world.
I really tried my best and I still couldnt finish it up. It was my first morning with the host and I felt really bad. I cleared up the soup and kimchi though and ate 3-4 pieces of the rice-cake. For the next 2 days, the ajumma didnt wake me up anymore :S I guess she understand that I am the kind that sleeps late and skip breakfast
I deserved it.
Anyway… looking forward to my next homestay in December 2012… if the world doesnt ends 😀