Sunday, December 04, 2005

Snow is falling gently, it's cold as cold can be

It smelled like snow yesterday afternoon, and D'Arcy, Cara and I got our first taste of Korean snow flakes on our way out last night. It was beautiful and got us giddy. It also made us laugh when a siren-blaring truck raced by. What kind of truck was it? A salt truck, and the snow wasn't even sticking to the ground. Call in the army!

We went for galbi at a place near Cara's house (close to Jamsil) and it was great. The meat was delicious, as was the red sauce. We had sun dubo (tofu soup), sweet onions, salad drenched in ranch dressing, and a variety of kimchi's. Can't say I've developed my taste for kimchi. We also had sweet potatoes roasting on the hot coals in tin foil. Delicious! Oh, and we shot soju like Korean men and our cheeks burned red like them too.

The snow kept up throughout the evening. Snow always makes me feel romantic, and the only cute man in sight was this life sized dancing Santa. I never was one to dig facial hair, but what can you do...

Looks just like Toronto, doesn't it? This could easily be Queen St. or perhaps Bloor? Except they don't have roasted chestnuts and red bean stuffed donuts shaped like fish on the street in Toronto.

We went partying in Kangnam for the first time to this hip hop club called Noise Basement. It wasn't too bad though drinks were slightly pricey. There are fewer foreigners here than in Hongdae, and a sign on the door said "No Military allowed" but the few other foreigners we saw there looked like military anyway. Baah, military. There was a breakdancing competition that we happened to have prime view of, and D'Arcy and Cara thought it would be a good idea to jump on stage and win it all. Too bad they didn't get the kind of applause they really deserved. The waif-like, midriff bearing, hip wiggling Korean girl took home the prize. I have great video footage for anyone who's interested.

And here, for your viewing pleasure, is an all too typical scene of two drunk men helping their very drunk friend find his footing. I've gotten quite accustomed to avoiding puddles of vomit and dodging drunken staggers.

We slept at Cara's place and were just getting ready to go home to Suji for some apartment cleaning and rest when the director called up and asked us to accompany him to the English language exhibition at the COEX mall. We agreed and spent the afternoon walking through the exhibit, drinking Starbucks Coffee and learning about the Korean economy and business trends. Weird, it was.

Now it's five at night and I'm getting ready to wash my hair for the first time since this whole straightening ordeal. Exciting stuff!

The snow has stayed on the ground and it looks as if it's always been here. My heat is slowly warming up the floor and melting any chocolate I might have left lying around.


At December 04, 2005 6:01 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jess, Sean Garrety called today and we gave him your blog address so he hopefully will be in touch with you. Did you know he was in Souel and had friends who taught in Korea too. Maybe he is reading this comment now. Hope you hear from him. Mom

At December 04, 2005 6:22 p.m. , Blogger Jessica said...

When was he here? That's funny.


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