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Goodbye PyeongChang!

After several weeks I can say this experience has been unforgettable. Alas I must return to the states to go back to work and studying. After my 4:00am alarm to go to the train station and a two hour ride I am safely at my gate waiting to board. I want to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Delpy Nierotti,…

Culture Time with Leila

Leila and I enjoyed the Hop On Hop Off bus tour of Gangneung and found a temple in the middle of the city. We played traditional games, had fermented tea, got our name translated into Korean and even dress up in traditional dress called hanbok. The Cultural Olympiad, the arm of the Organizing Committee who handles the heritage promotion of…

All of the Lights on PyeongChang

A quick lesson I learned from these Olympic Games is that the Organizing Committee seems to love light displays. Take a walk up to the PyeongChang Olympic Plaza in the evening and you’ll find the city could put Las Vegas or New York City to shame. Drone shows entertained the crowd from above, laser beams accompanied music from the medal…

A Morning Walk Through Gangneung

We don’t get much time off here in South Korea. Data Collections, lectures, on the bus, off the bus, dinner here, and cultural event there make most of us just want to sleep when we get the chance. Today is my last “day off” but my internal body clock still woke be up at 6:00 a.m. with no chance of…

Medal Ceremony and Korean BBQ

The Winter Olympics have a unique tradition of having a medal ceremony at night, rather than presenting medals tot eh athletes at their respective venues. PyeongChang’s medal ceremony is help at the Olympic Plaza almost every night and it a great way to see several athletes from different sports come together to celebrate their accomplishments. A few classmates and I decided to…

Witnessing Shaun White’s Redemption

I was lucky enough to be training at the Half Pipe slope when Shaun White redeemed himself of his Sochi disaster. Waking up early to get to the mountain was rough, but you can feel the excitement and anticipation building when the runs began. The cheering room section was filled to the brim, and the stands were filled with people…

Czech-ing out Czech House

What’s a poor graduate student to do when you can’t get tickets for the Opening Ceremony? Go to a country house of course! A few students went to Czech House, the largest house at the PyeongChang Olympics! We enjoyed beer (their slogan is “Taste the Foam”) and watched the Opening Ceremony from the comfort and warmth of the indoors. PyeongChang’s…

Our Trip Motto- “Be Flexible”

Greetings from the floor of Detroit Metropolitan Airport! Dr. Neirotti has tried to give us as many tips and tricks for traveling, especially for mega events like the Olympics and her motto throughout the course has been “Be Flexible.” I think we all have tried to prepare for the unexpected as much as possible but our trip to South Korea…