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    Posted January 19, 2014 by
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    I spent one month in Korea in 2013. This was the greatest moment of the year for me. It was the first time to be away from my house for a long time lonely, but I experienced a lot of exciting things. I am a Japanese student majoring in English but I went to Korea because I am interested in Korean culture, music, food and cosmetics, so I am learning Korean as a second language. One day, I heard  that students at my university who are majoring in English could study abroad in Korea, so I decided to do that. I had been to Korea before but this was my first experence to stay for a long time and study at a university in Korea. There are a lot of culture differences between Korea and Japan.

    The most shocking thing was the smell. For me, Korean smell is bad, like garlic. It is a unique smell but one month later, I became used to it. Another thing is the kindness of the people.  When I got lost and asked to people for directions, they kindly told me the way and led me to the destination  I was surprised and impressed. In Japan, I had never experienced such a thing.  In addition, I went to all the places that I had wanted to go. One of them is  Lotte world, an amusement park. It  was there that I felt my life threatened. I really like roller coasters, so I rode the scariest one at Lotte world but it was not safe because there was no device supporting my shoulders, only a seat belt. I was really scared because I though the belt would come off and I would die. However, I spend a happy time in Lotte world with all my friends. During this one month I made friends of a life time. This is why I was able to mature and live a full one month.

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