This homestay was one of the best things that ever happened
to me, I felt so welcome and at home.
I had been worried because I feared my dietary restrictions might become a problem. But upon my arrival, Kim Seohyeon gave
me such a big smile that my heart melted, and I completely forgot about problems for
the whole two weeks of my stay.
light-flooded room off the livingroom became
my home. So I was always very close
to everything that went on. I could come
to the living room and join in drama-watching or talking, but I was also
allowed all the time I needed for my
Korean homework. We talked happily
with the help of a little translation computer plus our hands and feet. Whenever
that was not enough to understand, Kim Seohyeon´s two daughters would help out with
English. One of them, Jane, has lived in Kanada for years and speaks English
like a mother language.
Seohyeon showed me the surroundings
– although situated centrally in Kangnam, green hills and places to run, walk
or cycle are close by. She took me
to places, showed me where to buy things
I needed and how to use the metro.
She works incredibly hard and is away from home
for long hours, but she still cooked a terrific breakfast every morning before
we dashed of to school and work, and in the evenings there was a second “Korean
food festival” whenever I was home.
I was perfectly happy all the time,
and I wish I could have stayed much longer!