Halah Touryalai ‘16,
Chazen South Korea will get underway in just a day. It’s hard to believe this trip is so close–feels like it was just a few weeks ago we were notified about our spots on this highly coveted SK trip. Now here we are gearing up for what will be the experience of a lifetime.
In all honesty, I’ve been somewhat anxious about this trip. No one else in my cluster was lucky enough to get the Chazen South Korea. The number of people I knew going on this trip: zero. It can be a bit nerve wrecking going on a week long trip 7,000 miles away without knowing anyone. That said, I’ve been thinking about this as an opportunity to meet new people and form new friendships, all in a part of the world that is completely new to me.
With that spirit in mind, I’ve been in Japan for the last couple of nights with a fellow Chazen student. We’ve been here since Thursday and have been busy exploring the city and eating as much sushi as we can get our hands on. Fatty tuna anyone?
We’ve also met up with fellow CBS students on the Chazen Japan trip which also starts this Sunday. Last night, the group met for cocktails at the Peak bar at the Park Hyatt in the Shinjuku neighborhood of Tokyo. We managed to overcome the jet lag and head to a Yakatori-style dinner in a tiny, crowded alleyway that’s home to dozens of small restaurants. The group dined over grilled chicken, beef, chicken hearts, sting ray, fried rice, and grilled liver.
The evening set the tone for the rest of this trip. New and old friends ready to explore new cultures, food and friendships.