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People who made my travels more enjoyable: Jeong-min (Korea), Jeong-Seon (Korea), Ricky (Korea), Joanne (Korea), Cathy (Korea)
The day started a bit later than usual because I didn't have plans to meet up with anyone for lunch. I got moving around 11:30 and decided to head into Myeongdong. Believe it or not, I was craving Pizza Hut, or Pijja Hut as Koreans like to say. Unlike Pizza hut in America, the Korean version is much fancier. The prices tend to be much higher than traditional Korean food, so they have to spice it up to make it competitive. The dining rooms are always nice, and the pizza is of a much higher quality. When I was living in Seoul, I would tend to eat Pizza Hut once a week.
After my exquisite lunch I stopped by the Myeongdong Power Pilates studio. While living here, I would come twice a week to give the trainers English lessons. In return they would give me a free exercise session. They were all very talented and had studied fitness during their time at University. They knew everything from technique to nutrition. If I would get tired during my training they would shout at me, "Fighting Kyle!" haha. After awhile they gave up on learning English (Maybe I was a bad teacher), but they enjoyed hanging out with me and continued to offer me free training sessions. Since I was in the neighborhood I figured I'd pay them all an unexpected visit.
When I walked in I was surprised to see all the furniture was gone! Apparently Power Pilates didn't really catch on, and after a year plus, the owners decided to call it quits.
After my departure from Fitness First, I decided to go back to my hotel to escape the heat. I killed time by napping, yes, my sleep schedule is a bit ridiculous these days.
To escape the heat I went to a Dunkin Donuts, and tried a korean brand of tea called êµï¿½"ì°¨ (Travbuddy struggles with Korean so its Guk Hwa Cha). I wasn't sure of the contents, it looked like some type of flower, but it was delicious and refreshing. While in line, waiting for my tea, I accidentally bumped in to a Korean girl standing behind me.
I had a few more minutes to kill before my friends arrived, so I walked through the side streets and admired some, "Funny English" t-shirts. As I mentioned earlier, English is very popular in Korea. Often Koreans will use words like ì¹ï¿½íï¿½¨ (Chikin for Chicken) instead of the traditional Korean word ëï¿½ (Dalk, pronounced Dak).
A few minutes later I met up with Jeong-min and Seon at the Hongdae subway. We wandered around and opted to try spicy chicken for dinner. A large stone plate is brought out and filled with vegetables.
After dinner we walked around Hongdae looking for a place to get drinks. We saw a brightly colored place, that offered Margaritas and Bomb Shots. I wasn't quite sure what a bomb shot was so I got a pineapple margarita. Despite asking for an extra shot in my margarita, I could only taste juice. Either way, I love pineapple juice so what was supposed to be a cocktail turned in to a nice dessert. No complaints.
After our margaritas the night went from fun, to funny. The weather had cooled down a bit so we sat on the terrace of a nice little wine bar.
I walked home, and immediately changed. I wanted to stay up for the Netherlands - Uruguay match but I was too tired. It had been an eventful evening, to say the least!