Week 7: Pancakes and a Haircut

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Justin, Anthony, Grace and Jeff after polishing off some tasty pancakes.

After work on Friday night I hopped on the bus to join Justin and Grace for dinner downtown.  At dinner Grace introduced us to Jeff and Anthony, the first 2 Americans I've met since coming to Korea.  Jeff has been teaching in Gwangju for the last 15 months.  He's about to head home to Washington State to visit family and friends for a few months before coming back to Korea.  Anthony is a newbie like us.  He's been in Korea for less than a month.  He hails from Pennsylvania and teaches at the same school as Jeff.  I swear we all couldn't talk enough during dinner!  I for one was so excited to speak English with another native speaker that I barely took time to eat.

Chef Grace giving me cooking lessons.
..barely :)  The pancakes however were very very tasty.

Over the weekend Grace and I went grocery shopping and came back to the apartment to prepare a scrumptious meal.  She showed me how to make Korean Pancakes aka Pa Jeon aka Pu Jim Gae aka a taste of heaven :)  Thankfully they are very easy to make... I shouldn't have any trouble with these (but I'm keeping my fingers crossed since I do have a tendency to burn things as Justin so often reminds me.)

Another highlight from the past week was Justin's first haircut in Korea.  We were supposed to go to a salon that charges 15 bucks for a cut but unfortunately they were closed.  Instead we went to a $5 haircut place.  Justin and I were both a little nervous... normally in the states when you pay for a cheap haircut that's what you get.  I think the hairdresser was a bit nervous too.  Apparently Justin was her first foreign customer.  Grace was able to translate Justin's request and thankfully it turned out nicely.  Justin couldn't see most of what was going on because he had to take his glasses off (which, truth be told, was a good thing especially when the hairdresser whipped out a straight blade and tried not to nick his neck.)  Overall I think it was a good experience and Justin walked out of the salon looking quite dapper.

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Justin getting his first haircut.
Justin getting his first haircut.
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