So after a great first week of school with my 800+ students I will be playing games with for a year I was ready for a good weekend. The original plan: take it easy Friday night, shoot a little pool with the guys and head home early. Wake up early Saturday morning and meet the couchsurfing group for a day trip to Everland amusement park..... What happened: went to the Western bar as planned and shot some pool with the guys. A couple of drinks were bought for me (I was broke) and then a couple more. I made a valiant attempt to get home at a respectable time, however this was not the case. It ended up being one of those nights and next thing I know I am waking up around 11am, a full two hours after the group met for the park. Well my friend Carissa was going to lend me some cash so I could afford the bus trip there and the admittance fee.
pre-Martial arts demonstration
It would have been fine if I had the bus fare, but as luck would have it, I did not. I am still waiting on my settlement money at this moment so I will not be a broke joke. I made the decision that it was too cold anyway to be riding fast rides and having the wind blowing into my hungover face all day. So I ended up heading to the bank to withdraw some emergency cash , not much but enough for a few meals. I went to a local soup shop, had some yummy pork soup, then proceeded to my favorite spot, Holly's coffee shop.
I sat around in here for a while surfing the internet and reading a bit, then a group of girls walked in and we introduced ourselves and sat around and chatted for a while. Mainly discussed traveling and teaching. One of the ladies I had met online on a facebook group for our city and chatted with a bit on there, so it's not like we were complete and total strangers, but we might as well have been.
10am drinking games
Either was all 5 of them were good people and smart and a joy to spend my Saturday afternoon/evening with. After sitting at the coffee shop till near sundown, we began discussing some food options in the city and we all agreed that we were getting hungry, so I headed to a Thai restaraunt that I will now be a frequent visitor of. After realizing that it was after 10pm at this point, I opted to go back to my place so I could get some decent sleep and not miss the event on Sunday.
Sunday morning I got up at a respectable time and hit the ground running, literally I didn't want to miss the bus as I saw it approach the stop, cause they only come once every 15-20 minutes for my destination and I broke my mp3 player the other evening and I didn't prticulary feel like standing there in silence that morning.
the sword part of the fight
..So I got to the station and met up with the group, grabbed some brews and soju and went on a "toilet tour." Hmmmm sounds interesting right? Good cause it was. It was more-or-less a tour of the Hwasong Fortress in Suwon. It just happened to have particularly pleasant lavatories. These were no outhouses. They smelled like roses, or poo depending on who was in there, and played classical music, plus they had little gardens in each one. Apparently most of the women's restrooms had bidets, while the men had to do the wiping manually (and as always, place the tissue in the garbage not the toilet).
So a little bit about the tour...as soon as we arrived at the fortress there was a martial arts demonstration. This was fairly pleasant. As we stood there enjoying life and drinking ourselves to a good A.
M. buzz, we had to start the "toilet" part of the tour a bit earlier than had previously anticipated. It was a good start to the tour. We walked around the fortress for a few hours and worked up a pretty good appetite. At one point I smelt something getting grilled, maybe a hamburger or a hotdog, but it gave me a very nostalgic feeling of putting back a few cold one's with the old man on gameday and grilling some of our own burgers, however I was not grilling, but it was some good A.M. drinkin. We all went to a pretty standard kimbap restaurant where they do all the local favs. I got my trusty ole yukajang soup and sampled a bit of everyone else's cuisines. We then went to walk around a bit more, we watched some archery, took some funny photos and got back on the bus for town.
gold statue of Buddha
Once we arrived back to the downtown area, we went into a bar for a giant pitcher, then headed out for sushi which I must admit is not the best here..still lookin for some good stuff around these parts...post-sushi...more drinks...
So a wee bit hungover today I was considering implementing the quiet game in my classes...of course I did not do this. We actually started some book work today and I gave them some vocabulary words and we are working on some difficult pronunciation techniques. Shaping up to be another good week in good ole Happy Suwon!!