Life in the Keimyung Dorm
Is anyone interested in how I’m living now that I’m in Korea!?
I certainly hope so because I just made this whole video to show you the dormitory I live in!
I also took some pictures for those far too busy to waste their precious hours watching silly Youtube videos!
~Welcome to 계명대학교 Dormitory Village~ The dormitory in the picture is actually one of the girls dorms – it’s the view from my window. There’s four 10 floor dormitories and several (I think maybe four?) smaller ones, housing a buttload of students.
The halls of my dorm (미듬동, for the curious ones amongst you) are filled with the fragrances of drying laundry and the cold air of a hall without heating.
This is my room, 927호.
I’ll show you how I’m living here.
The rooms aren’t particularly large, but they’re also not too small. There’s a desk, a small closet and a bed for every inhabitant. Everything is this terrible fake wooden color and it all looks very…temporary… It doesn’t really feel like home which kinda sucks, but it’s comfortable enough once you don’t have to share it with someone else anymore.
The rooms all have internet access, of course, though it’s a far cry from what you’d expect from the ‘most connected country in the world’. The wired internet can be pretty fast when it wants to be, but generally the speeds (especially for the wifi) are nothing to write home about. It is great to have internet without having to pay extra for it though, and after I installed my own wireless router things definitely improved.
The beds, in true Korean style, are about as hard as the floor. I bought a sort of cover with little pads in it though so it isn’t that bad. Because the window blinds are paper thin I’m using the few towels I have to build a blanket fort to block the sun. It was really necessary when I just moved in, but now that it’s winter it’s becoming less and less necessary. It’s still good for the weekends though.
I’m separating my trash like a 좋은 사람 because if you don’t, the old lady who LITERALLY GOES THROUGH EVERY SINGLE ITEM OF YOUR TRASH SO SHE CAN SEPARATE IT PROPERLY AND MAKE A COUPLE OF CENTS IN THE PROCESS has a lot of extra work and I feel really bad for people who have those jobs so I try to make it as easy as possible for them…
Outside my room, in the hallway, there’s a shared ‘bathroom area’. In this picture you can see the laundry machine and the sinks on the side of it. The laundry machine is pretty new, but like most Korean machines for some reason it washes with cold water so it doesn’t really get rid of any stains. You just dump a few coins in there (usually about 400-500원, like 30-40 eurocents) and you’re good to go.
Here’s our…lovely…shower room. That only has warm water between certain times… And kinda smells like puke every morning… I don’t think I can come up with anything more positive to say..
Also, our shared toilets are…well…
So there it is, my home away from home.
I guess 커피명가 is my home away from my home away from home then huh…
Anyway, I have so much more stuff to show you guys but so, so precious little time to sit down and type so please bear with me while I try to find time to post all this stuff!
P.s. First snow fell on the 1st of December..kind of poetic, huh?