The Ambassador Of South Korea In Norway


It all started in July and has been the dream I secretly dreamed my whole life. So I’ve been thinking of this for a while and searching online but I did not find information about it anywhere. So I went to the embassy of South Korea and asked where I could learn Korean. The man behind the glass kindly help me and printed out some pages for me with all the information I needed. I thanked him and walked out. I instantly called my mom and ask if I could get a Korean language lesson for my birthday present this year? And she kindly answered “of course you can if this is what you want. Education is never a heavy burden.”


I ran home and emailed the school and started on 29 August 2016. And we got a schedule for the whole semester and in there we had scheduled a literature evening, and there were a contest. I have been writing my whole life, so I thought about it and decided to write a poem. It took me probably about 15 minutes tops. And then I emailed it to my teacher and she translated to Hangeul for me. And then my practice started. I practiced all the time and we also did a small roleplay the with the class and performed a song called 보보보.


I was so nervous for the deadline and through the evening it felt like it was a 1month wait! And I also had so much nerves and I was just hoping to make my teachers proud. So finally the time came and I read my poem in my not so good korean. And I won! Best of the best! And the price was next semester free on the Korean school and I was so happy that I even started to cry I think I never won one thing alone in my life! So this was pretty much a huge deal for me and it’s from my heart and soul so yes it’s something I should probably be proud of. And it got me a Facebook message from the admin’s at school and she asked me if I wanted to join them for dinner at the ambassadors the house on the 16th of November at the Embassy of South Korea because he was really impressed with my performance and my writing. And I of course momentarily said YES and thank you for the invitation for this event.


I just kept on smiling. And then the evening came I got dressed up, sent snapchat’s all around for my own outfit to be approved. And I got thumbs up so I just took my umbrella because it was raining and walked out the door. I am walking to the tram into the tram to the underground. My wish and expectations for this night made me speechless! I was a little early and the texted my teacher that I was in the bakery waiting. And I also went to a few pharmacies before. And then she came in, and she had to get dressed or change so she changed the look in the bathroom. Then we went to the bus and that was the shortest way to walk to the house. We also met a few others, so we went together to the house.  I walked up and it was one of the most amazing house I’ve ever seen here in the Norway. And they are such warm people! I prepared a little story and like a kid I wrote it on the big yellow papersheet with the purple calligraphy pen. I think they liked it…. I think or feel the writing looked like an four year old kid drawing..but yeah anyway I am kind of. And then we had the food and they do so much in so many different things. The food was amazing and filled me like a fat kids love cake! For the first dish, the scallops a salad, then the fried vegetables like lotus, squash, shrimp and pumpkin i think. Then there were something with the kimchi with oyster and pig, then there was this roll but it was salmon with spinach and a sauce and then the soup the cabbage with the rice and purple beans the kimchi, squid and then lastly it was desert: the cheese cake and fruits and we had wine.


I took a lot of pictures and the others where taking a lot of pictures and it was such a lovely night, we talked about how I found the Korean school and of the other girl from school who also got invited.  I was so honored and I got the seat next to the ambassador, it was such a dream fulfilled! And after the dinnner I was so fired up so I couldn’t go home so I went to Rock-In and played some pool and drank a little more.

Love,

Any Bryde

My heart and soul


I’m going back to the place I’m born.

Learning the language is the first steppingstone.

I open the books, the words unknown.

But I keep studying hard and going on.

I’m looking for you because my family is unknown.

I want to share how my life went on.

Now I’m ready and you should know.

I grew up in a home with love.

The life I could have and now I’m going home.

To the last place, I was before I was sent to the unknown.

I’m thankful for my life and my dearest parents I want you to know.

I will always love you with my heart and soul, waiting for you to call me home.

나의 심장, 나의 영혼으로

나는 내가 태어난 곳으로 돌아간다.

한국어 배움은 그 길로 가는 첫 번째 디딤돌이다.

책을 열지만, 알 수 없는 언어로 가득 차 있다.

나는 열심히 배울 것이고, 멈추지 않을 것이다.

나는 당신을, 알려지지 않은 나의 가족을 찾는다.

나의 지나간 삶에 대해 당신과 공유하길 원한다.

지금 나는 준비가 되어 있고, 당신이 알기를 원한다.

내가 사랑이 가득한 가정에서 자랐다는 것을

나는 지금 과거의 삶과 집으로 돌아간다.

내가 미지의 세계로 보내지기 전에 있었던 곳으로

감사로 가득한 나의 삶과 사랑하는 나의 부모님을 당신에게 보여주고 싶다.

나는 당신을 뜨거운 심장과 영혼을 다하여 사랑할 것이고, 여기서 당신의 전화를 기다릴 것이다.