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April 25th, 2009 – by: highway_chile
Anyway, so Friday night we had a little going away shindig for my buddy Jake. He's basically the best friend I've made here and now he's headin out. I think this kind of thing I will have to get used to. I have already lost three friends due to the end of the contract. Jake will return though after the summer for round 2 of the ROK. He was nice enough to let me hang on to his guitar and bicycle too, which I have been loving the hell out of. So, we hit the dreaded Itaewon area then bounced to Hongdae for a little hookah lounge action. Poor Jakypoo, got a little too tipsy and ended up outside by the end of the night while I lounged around with Mia, Minju and Shin.
After a quick power nap, I was at the Seoul Station with a group of friends to head to the DMZ. Our great and fearless leader made us all get there by 8:30 and we didn't leave till 9:20am, needless to say I was bummed that I missed out on the extra 50 minutes of sleep. She, however, managed to be about 20 minutes late...it's as if she knew that we wouldn't be leaving right at 8:30 like the rest of us...hmmm
So the DMZ really left a lot to be desired, but it's one of those things you can't live in Korea for a year without doing so "afi," I went along for the ride.
Next we went to the observation tower.
Next we went for lunch, where we sampled a few North Korean beers and some NK soju. I don't care what anyone says, that shit is 10x as good as the south's. First, it still sucks, but the South's really really sucks.
I made my way back to Itaewon, where I waited in the subway for about 15 minutes to meet a friend. Luckily, I had just went back to the bar where I left Jake's guitar from the night before. So I had something to entertain me besides checkin out all the hotties getting ready to get their Saturday night groove on. Azin, my new friend from Iran, went out for some delicious Indian food at Curry Town. We had an amazing conversation and cannot wait till the next time we can spend some time together.
Sunday was the Lantern festival to celebrate Buddha's birthday. I met with a group of couchsurfers and we hung out and did the typical festival things?? Watched monks perform rituals, ate Sri Lankan grub, got a deep tissue massage from a yoga therapist, jump roped with some cops, watched a parade and then drank some beer. Lastly, we went for dinner. Our table included myself and two other Americans, 1 Canadian (who is my 1st guest to my apartment from couchsurfing), 2 Koreans, 1 Spaniard, 1 Malaysian, 1 Sri Lankan, 1 Korean/Chinese guy, 1 French guy and a couple from India.
Work this week has been pretty groovy. The kids have midterms, so I don't do anything. Yesterday, I literally chatted online for 6 hours with some friends, played some online poker and took a nap...oh and basketball. Today, I played ball for an hour or so, snacked around a bit in the office, joked with the art teacher, then the head of the science department invited me to her home for lunch. The food was great and is was a joyous experience...my 2nd time in a Korean home. Her, her husband, the rest of the science department and myself ate some chicken/potato soup, pork, squid, rice and kimchi. Desert was a watermelon. Then she treated us to her pictures from her trip to India while we sipped on some coffee and had some (excuse the spelling) Karamasu...
Lookin forward to my little five day break this weekend....
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