Weeks 5 & 6, 2017

Uhh… *scratches head* not a whole lot happened in the past two weeks. We went back to “normal” work hours.

My student, Daniel, likes to make jokes about me in class. He wrote this in his book:

My student, Cathy, drew me after she finished a test. See Mom, I wear the shirt you got me… I kind of have proof.

Suwon is hosting the U20 Soccer World Cup this May and they are pretty proud of it.

Last Saturday, I met up with a stranger from the internet to go to noraebang (karaoke) from an app called meetup. I’m a horrible singer and can only sing Disney songs so that’s what I stuck to. The dude stranger though… was an excellent singer. He also turned out to be exceptionally creepy/needy/annoying and kept alluding to coming over to my house. Thanks, but no thanks. *shudders*


If you know me, you know I’m not really a planner. I’m more of a last minute kind of gal. I bought this book to help with that. I don’t really have anywhere in this hemisphere I really feel like I need to go –  so maybe if I educate myself, that will change.

Friday my coworker helped me get a ticket to a concert the following day. There was some stipulation, to buy a foreigner ticket I had to have an international credit card… well, I don’t have one of those and only use Korean cards. So she helped me and after what felt like forever I got a ticket confirmation! I was so excited I felt like I was high.


So yesterday I went to the concert. I swear it took years to get there. I made friends with a little girl on the train who was sitting next to me. She kept tapping my arm and smiling at me. She pointed to my hair and I tilted my head so she could touch it. I finally get to the stop I need and I take the exit that was listed… but I have no idea what direction to go in. The concert was held in Olympic Park where the 1988 Olympics were held. Because I had no clue where I was supposed to be going and had time to kill, I wandered around a bit. I finally got worried and stopped a kind looking man to ask where I should be going and he didn’t know either. Haha! So I just kept walking and saw a bike rental place and asked the lady that was running it. She was very helpful.

I got to where I needed to be but there was an hour before the ticket booth opened for me to pick up my ticket. I looked around and bought some extremely overpriced merchandise. I assume they were doing a final soundcheck/test before the concert because the ground was shaking when I got there and you could hear the glass on the building rumbling from all the bass. I was convinced I was going to go deaf before I even got inside the building.


The ticket hut finally opened and then it was time to queue up in accordance to your section and ticket number. I was very impressed with the orderly queuing. I was also equally impressed with the women who were wearing mini skirts because I was wearing jeans and a down coat and I felt like I was going to die. We finally were allowed inside and I was super close to the stage! Aaah!

Technically, you weren’t supposed to take pictures but who follows rules like that? The security dudes were going their best to stop people but, pffft, that obviously didn’t work. We stood there for about an hour before the show started. Ohmaigawd it was so good.


And then after three hours it was over. ☹️😭 so I made my way out and found a taxi to take me home because I didn’t really want to take the bus and it’s a good thing I hadn’t eaten for nine hours or I would have probably thrown up, he was such a crazy driver. Unless you count magic, there is no way I should have gotten home as fast as I did… and that’s after he dropped off the two other girls I was sharing the taxi with.

 

Later, Hannah messaged me to ask me how the concert was… this is our conversation… lol

Today I didn’t really do anything special. Woke up. Cleaned entire micro apartment. Took out the recycling. Went to Suwon Station to eat and walk around. Came home.

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Not much.

I’ve had the same song in my head for what feels like an eternity… seriously. This song can just die. I have never hated a song so much because it’s been in my head since, like, Thanksgiving…

I don’t really feel like much happened this week at work. Went through the motions and then it was the weekend!

I was informed by my sister-in-law that she is pregnant on Thanksgiving and that they found out on Friday it’s going to be a girl. I was also informed that I did not jinx them by giving them girl clothes before I moved in May. So that’s happy!

Saturday I walked to HomePlus to buy some random crap to send to my family for holiday gifts. Don’t think I’ll make it to Post Office to get the stuff to you by Christmas, sorry guys. So it’ll just have to be a Happy New Year’s present or something.

As I was walking I stopped to sit on a bench by the lake in Manseok Park and watch the ducks and an elderly man was sitting on the bench adjacent to mine, we made awkward eye contact, and I bowed my head in the customary non verbal way to greet people. When I was walking back home some two hours later, I saw the same man walking around and he waved at me and smiled. Huh, that’s cool. While I was shopping a random kid, probably around age 9, came up to me and said “Hello, I like your hair,” and skipped away. As I was at the last crosswalk before my house, there were two kids on bicycles waiting for the walk signal, an older brother and a little sister. They were staring at me like I was zombie unicorn that poops money so I said, “hello.” They looked frightened and the boy said, in Korean, “let’s go find mommy.”

 


Manseok Park


Manseok Park


I was surprised there was ice on the lake as it’s been really mild lately. Manseok Park

Today I didn’t really have a plan. Maybe go for a walk along one of the streets I’ve been on many times while taking the bus to check out the shops. Maybe I’d go to the movies. Maybe I’d just sit at home. Sunny messaged me that she had some news and that we should meet so we agreed to meet at a coffee shop at 3:30. We caught up on things, had some laughs, and decided to go to Suwon Station to get some Dalk Galbi for dinner. After we ate, we went over to the mall and walked around. We went to some shoe stores to inquire about UGGs because I love me some UGGs. When we finally tracked them down, they didn’t have one single style in size 9. I totally accept that I’m larger than “normal” in clothing sizes here but come on, size 9 is only one size larger than they carry!! I shouldn’t be that surprised because when I checked online with GMarket, all the shoes in my size were those that are unisex like Adidas, Vans, and Converse. Waaah


Sunny and I about to eat some Dalk Galbi

 


On the bus to Suwon Station they were playing clips of Maury Povich and I was so tickled.

I’m beginning to think there will not be a white Christmas this year as it’s been pretty warm up until this point staying around 40-ish degrees Fahrenheit and next week’s forecast seems to be a bit warmer in the 50s.

~Britt