Korean Folk Village
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For breakfast today, we had some homemade sushi-type of thing but without the raw fish so rice, vegetables, crab, and regular meat wrapped in seaweed. I've seen Arum's family have it and it was good. We went to a travel agency to try to figure out the best way to get our Chinese visas again. Apparently it takes 2 weeks at the embassy here so we have to use some service. In the end, Arum's uncle is going to take care of the visa thing. Throughout the day, the situation was everybody was speaking Korean and I would sit there trying to look good and Arum would occasionally quickly summarize the conversation for me. Apparently my parents got a call from someone at Stanford who received our passports in the mail. So it was delivered to the wrong address and I wrote the correct address down on the envelope despite what the post office wanted to accuse.
We went to pick up Arum's cousin from elementary school so we walked through the school and it must have been recess or something becuse all of the kids were running around in the halls going crazy. The little kids went crazy to see me because I'm a very tall white American. A big crowd of kids formed around me and the brave ones spoke some of the few english phrases they knew. It was quite the scene. Arum says she saw little girls giggling and pushing each other towards me and says that I was like a big celebrity. It was pretty intense. Arum's aunt said the boy's popularity must have increased because of the event.
Anyway, we spent most of the day at the Korean Folk Village, which is this type of park you pay to enter that is set up like a traditional Koren village from old times.
Next we went to a historical museum and saw some really old pots and other things. We didn't spend too much time there though. The next adventure was the grocery store but this was not just a grocery store. It had three floors and a bunch of different departments and little shops like a super store.
We came back, Arum fell asleep and then we had some dinner. It was fish and chicken and all of the standard Koren sides.
There was some debate over whether we should rent a Korean movie but in the end we didn't. I was hoping to watch the World Cup but that wasn't possible. Oh well, the US lost anyway and got eliminated. Tommorow we are going to downtown Seoul. Then late at night we are going back to Seoul to watch the World Cup match with thousands of crazy fans. Very exciting.