A Travellerspoint blog

August 2012

We went to see Napalm Death

Jo wanted to go see a metal show, but no one else wanted to, so I volunteered.

In the morning, I caught the KTX to Seoul and went straight to the Beautiful Store. It was so hard to find and a lot smaller than I expected. I thought it was the only one, but it turns out there are like, five of them in Seoul.

Jo met me there after some frantic messaging, I found her. I bought a whole bunch of "more appropriate" polo shirts for about 3 dollars each and Jo found some jeans for the same price. I also got some "inside shoes" that are sweet JELLY SHOES. For one dollar.

We had some bento boxes and then went to check into the hostel. We went to Base Camp and the guy at the desk remembered me. Of course. Then we went up to the rooftop, drank some raspberry wine and went to the show.

Jo amazed me with her "I feel that it is nearby" spidey sense. I wanted to go straight, but she "felt" that the venue was on the left, so we turned and then found it right in front of us. I don't know how she did it.

All day long, it was metal metal metal and during the breaks I kinda watched while Jo flirted with all the random metalheads. Haha.

I wish I could remember all the names of the bands, but I can't. So here are pictures, and maybe someone can tell me who they are. Probably not though.

After that, Jo met some young boys from her hometown, Manchester and they followed us around, trying to find this club, FF. I was not really into the whole clubbing thing at the moment. First we went to a small lounge, then a really dead disco bar, and then we finally we found FF club. That was fun, but not until we went down into the basement, where they were playing alt-rock. On top, they were playing American pop, and we kept getting humped by Koreans. Gross.

In the basement, I found a weird gay dude who I bought a bucket of vodka and orange juice with. I hung out with him and his other gay friends the rest of the night.

When it was time to go home, we got a sausage and then I think Jo was mad at me about me laughing at her when none of the taxis would pick us up. But it was OK after a bit, I think.

Japanese metal band

Japanese metal band


Me and Jo

Me and Jo


Metal band

Metal band


Metal band

Metal band


Metal band

Metal band


Metal band

Metal band


Metal band

Metal band


Another metal band

Another metal band


Metal band

Metal band


More metal band

More metal band


Metal band

Metal band


Cutest metal band

Cutest metal band


Napalm Death

Napalm Death


Napalm Death

Napalm Death


Napalm Death

Napalm Death


Jo at lounge

Jo at lounge


Sam and other Manchester people

Sam and other Manchester people


Me at lounge

Me at lounge


Me at lounge

Me at lounge


Me vs bucket

Me vs bucket


Ken

Ken


Ken and Matt

Ken and Matt


Me vs. street hot dog

Me vs. street hot dog

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First day of school and ALIEN CARD

OK, so today was my first day of school. I didn't know that I had five classes to teach, but I did. They were all the same, so I did what I could to make it interesting for me.

I ate the lunch in the cafeteria and afterwards I felt dizzy and almost vomited. I still had one more class after that, and it was horrible.

There was no puking, but that's how it went.

I literally have to sit here every day until 4:30! Whether I am preparing for tomorrow or not. That's a pretty sweet deal, until you run out of emails to answer, facebook posts to answer, credit card bills to pay and the like.

While I was sitting here, a courier came in and I got my alien card! That means I can get internet on Wednesday!

There is going to be a typhoon tomorrow, so I don't have to come to class. But I also won't have any internet, and they said they were going to shorten our winter holidays by one day because of it. Blarg. I hope that's not true. Because that's just mean.

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Church and homemade Korean dinner

Olivia brought me to her church, not too far from me. I can't wait until I get a bike, things will be much easier.

At church, there are small machines that they give English people, so that they can hear the sermon in English, kind of at like Parliament or City Hall in Ottawa. But the guy doing the translation pretty much skipped everything, I only heard parts of it.

That was OK, I guess. We all ate lunch afterwards, the church supplies it to everyone. Then I went shopping and home to make a real Korean dinner.

I don't have a rice cooker yet, so it burnt. But it was OK.

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Nothing Day

So tired, slept, ate, read, movie.

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Got my first couchsurfer

I knew I was getting a couchsurfer, but I didn't know when. So today, I just stayed in. Went for a little run and read, watched a movie. (Hard Boiled, which is the best action movie ever, period.)

Jonathan comes from a city a few hours away from me, Mungyeong. He showed up in the late afternoon and he was hungry. We walked around to try and find something vegetarian, he wanted bibimbap, because this is the place for that apparently, but it was hard to find some here! Finally we did, and it was yummy.

Maybe that's where I'll go with my dinner group this week.

Then, we grabbed some beers and tried to find the park that Mel took me to before. We didn't find it, but we found a few other ones.

Oh, kind of a cool thing, while I was waiting for Jon in the bathroom, some random Korean guy walks up to me and says "You must be Louise, I saw you in the Facebook group!" Oh my gosh, that's weird. He's a reporter in Iksan, so he is up on all these things. We will get together later with the photography group in town.

Me and Jon

Me and Jon

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Home time

I took the KTX home in the morning and went straight to school. They cancelled the meeting I was supposed to go to, so I met with another of my co-teachers instead. She was a lot more informative than the first one. I sent in some lesson plans and they told me how to make them better, so I fixed the mistakes and made a new powerpoint aboout Canada so that I could introduce myself.

After that, I went home and Jo was asking me to come out to dinner with some people. We went to the same place, Lemon Table, and I had a burger with an egg and bacon on it. If I go there again, which seems likely, I will get that again.

We are going to do this in a weekly manner. My idea. So, it'll be my job to pick the restaurant next week. I'm not sure how, but I'll find one haha.

Walked home in the rain again, lovely.

I didn't get the job in Niagara that I thought might have been possible. So I will be here until next August. Things are starting to get better, now that I know that I have to stay here. I'm making the best of it till I get back.

I'll be posting less frequently once I start work, just FYI.

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Korean saunas are the best thing ever

It's Dave's second last day of work and it's raining a lot today, so I decided to go to the sauna. Even though I got very detailed instructions, I still couldn't find it very well.

Being the brilliant genius that I am, I remembered I had my korean-english dictionary app on my ipod. I punched in sauna and then matched the characters that came up with what was on a sign on this one building.

I walked in and there it was in English "Best Sauna". I made it! It's the small victories in life that make it all worthwhile. Haha.

"Sauna!" I blurt out at the lady at the counter

"Korean" I think she was asking for money, so I gave her 10,000. She gave me back 4,000! 6,000 = $6

SIX DOLLARS for an afternoon at the sauna. Amazing. She handed me a towel and says

"Second floor! Second floor!"

"OK good" thumbs up.

So I get up there and it's absolutely beautiful! Sparkling raw gemstones are embedded into the walls and inside the sauna everything is pure marble. Of course I don't have pictures, but imagine a giant room full of art deco stained glass on the ceiling and naked asian ladies of all ages lolling about, sitting on the edges of pools, scrubbing themselves in the shower, getting intense massages and splashing around with their kids. Some of them tie their hair up with small towel things. They all have one thing in common though. They all suddenly go silent when a smiling weirdo foreigner walks into their sauna and plops down beside them on the bench.

The korean saunas are more like a steam room than a sauna, and there are rooms of various temperatures from 47 to 97 C. After about 15 minutes of about medium heat, I go into the cold pool and some funny ladies show me how to do their kicking leg exercises. Balancing ourselves on the edge of the pool we all kick our legs about and splash around. I can't stop laughing it's so hilarious. Then we run around in the pool, with water up to our waists. All these Korean ladies are probably very formal and proper in public, but once they are with their friends, naked in a pool, it's party time!

Then there are four more pools of various temperatures, so I go in all of them alternating between sauna and pool, making my way up to the hottest pool temperature eventually. Soon it's around noon, so I grab some kimbap and go home for lunch.

I did some Skypes, cleaned up a bit and Dave came home, so we went out for his interview and he got the job.

So we had some soju on the river for a celebration and went for some more Korean food.

Fish in Dave's new town

Fish in Dave's new town


Fresh octopus

Fresh octopus


Night shot of the river.

Night shot of the river.


Fried chicken

Fried chicken


Dave vs. small octopus

Dave vs. small octopus

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Hiking with hilarious old men

Today my mission was to see this black pebble beach. If you take the number 411 bus out to the beach, you're supposed to be able to find it pretty easily.

I walked Dave to school and easily found the station I was supposed to pick that bus up at.

I didn't even get on it before I found six new friends. A crazy old man started talking to me in English. He said he was going hiking with some of his old army buddies, so I asked if I could come along. I only had about half a litre of water with me, hadn't eaten breakfast and definitely did not have any lunch. Oh yah and I also did not have a hat. What I did have though, was a giant towel that I had to lug around the whole time.

"How long are you hiking for?"

"About four hours"

"OK, let's do it!"

So I followed them up this windy road into the mountains and we hiked VERY SLOWLY around all day. They would go for about 20 minutes, stop and break out the rice wine. Then do it all over again. That first sip of wine and cracker though, was the best thing I have tasted in a long time. I was starving.

My English-speaking friend's name was Jun Kwang Juo and he told me he was 70 years old. He took pity on me and gave me a random red hat he had is his bag, you know, just in case I guess? It was quite stylish.

The end destination was a temple at the top of the mountain. Where they stopped for lunch and gave me so much food I was stuffed. They had some sort of meeting to discuss what sounded like important issues. My English-speaking friend told me it was a meeting to discuss their hiking club. But it sounded a lot more serious than that.

After lunch we went back down the other side of the mountain to the beach, continuously stopping and having more and more rice wine. They took me to a cafe and paid for me to try one of those ice dishes with the red bean and coconut milk. I forget what it's called now. I didn't notice anyone pay for anything, so I'm not quite sure who these old men really were and what kind of strings they were pulling at the cafe.

After that, I was tired and I think they were too. One of the old men was drinking a lot and kept getting louder and louder. I think he said something rude to one of the others and they got into a fist fight! Right before they had to get on the bus! Even on the bus they were still shouting at each other! 70 year old men, I don't know what they had to fight about, but there it was....

It was quite the ordeal finding my way back to Dave's house, but I did it. Now, it's my turn to get dinner.

So I found a random takeout place and ordered the most expensive thing. It was $11 and it turned out to be deep fried pork. That was our dinner.

Dave had landed an interview that evening, so we quickly ate and headed out for that. It's in a really cool part of town, near the beach and a pretty sizable night market. He left me at a karaoke place and then I waited for him to have his interview. I told him not to say that he "wants to experience more Korean culture" as a reason for leaving his old job. Just say that you "want more of a challenge". So he did that and was back in about 10 minutes. I didn't actually stay at the karaoke place because the lady wanted $20 an hour! Crazy.

He got the job and he gets to stay in Ulsan! Good for him! He has to get out of his apartment by Friday, but he doesn't move into his new apartment until NEXT Saturday, so I might have a house guest next week.

To celebrate we took some soju to the beach. Hurray.

Dave's house, not for long

Dave's house, not for long


Hike

Hike


Hike

Hike


Stylish hat

Stylish hat


Hike

Hike


The top

The top


Temple

Temple


Top

Top


Smoke Signals

Smoke Signals


Smoke Signals

Smoke Signals


Temple

Temple


Top

Top


Buddha

Buddha


Me on mountain

Me on mountain


Temple

Temple


Temple

Temple


Sunshine

Sunshine


Lunchtime

Lunchtime


Me vs. rice

Me vs. rice


Me in gazebo

Me in gazebo


Gazebo with the guys

Gazebo with the guys


Design

Design


gazebo

gazebo


Lotuses

Lotuses


Hike

Hike


Hike

Hike


Hike

Hike


Weird

Weird


A cup

A cup


Peanut ball thing

Peanut ball thing


Even more stylezzzz

Even more stylezzzz


Under the highway

Under the highway


Under the highway

Under the highway


To the beach

To the beach


Statue

Statue


Beach

Beach


Beach

Beach


Breakers

Breakers


Beach

Beach


Beach

Beach


Beach

Beach


Beach

Beach


Beach

Beach


Rocks

Rocks


Rocks and seagulls

Rocks and seagulls


Chiles drying

Chiles drying


Ice soup stuff

Ice soup stuff

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Lesson planz yo

I wrote a bunch of lesson plans today. I'm not sure if they're good enough. But, we'll see. Mostly I just took them from the teacher's guides posted on waygook.org. Some of my Canadian friends told me about that website, and it's very very good for sharing of lesson plans and things like that. I don't see why it wouldn't be sufficient.

I have about seven classes each for grade five and for grade six so I can use the lessons over many times. They are 40 minutes each, so it shouldn't be too hard. We'll see on Monday I guess.

Dave is at work today and he's supposed to be bringing something for dinner. I cleaned all the dishes and clutter in his apartment. I'm effing awesome.

Yay Dave brought home awesome pork and tuna kimbap! Also some pork dumplings that were DIVINE. All for $12. Better than the barbecue we had yesterday, I must say.

We drank some wine and watched Breaking Bad. Then his friend Ben came over and we tried to fix his computer but it didn't work. Oh well. I fell asleep quick after that.

Me vs. kimbap

Me vs. kimbap


Dave vs. dumpling

Dave vs. dumpling

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To the other coast!

I woke up this morning wayyyyyyyyyy before everyone else. When there was nothing left to do on the blog and email front, I sat down with a random Korean dude.

He told me he couchsurfed in Ottawa before with someone named Dave. I'm like Dave... Shugar?

Yeah! How did you know? Oh, he's my neighbour! Wow! Couchsurfing is awesome.

We immediately took a picture together and sent it off to Dave. So crazy!

When everyone woke up, we took Russ to the airport and then went straight to the train station to go to Ulsan. I didn't see much of Seoul, but that's OK with me.

The KTX trains go 300 km/h! We sped through the leafy green mountains and got to Ulsan in the stifling heat. What else would you expect right?

On the train, Dave and I were talking about the last night in Seoul and what exactly happened. Turns out my intuition was right. All those people were total snobs and ditched Russ, Francois and Dave as soon as they got to the pub they were going to!

Dave was sad to leave his brother for an indefinite amount of time, so we just chilled for a while in his apartment and went for some Korean barbecue. I have to say, it was better in Toronto.... and cheaper...

Dave on the couch w/ random guy

Dave on the couch w/ random guy


Seoul Base Camp

Seoul Base Camp


Seoul Base Camp Hostel

Seoul Base Camp Hostel


Seoul Base Camp Hostel

Seoul Base Camp Hostel


Me vs. KTX

Me vs. KTX


Dave vs. Korean barbecue

Dave vs. Korean barbecue


Me vs. Korean barbecue

Me vs. Korean barbecue

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Dragged around Seoul

OK so, after we watched Kung Fu Panda 2 in class I went to Seoul to visit with Dave. I am off until Thursday, so I can do some traveling around the country until then.

Oh by the way, Jason is more normal now, after the first weirdness he displayed, he's alright, but still annoying. I change my mind about him. Don't know when I'll see him again, so it doesn't matter anyway.

On the train to Seoul, I felt more at ease. I don't know if it was the rhythmic motion of the train I was on or the feeling of escape, just being able to get out of Iksan for a while and away from my crazy apartment. No idea what it was but I was feeling kind of awesome and really secure with this whole thing.

That all changed however in a few short hours.

Dave met me at Seoul station at Bean and Berries, where I bought a crappy juice for $5 just to use their wifi. He was buying shoes and only bought some really crap canvas ones because he was in a rush to come and pick me up. I on the other hand, would have gladly waited, if it meant he could have found proper ones. I had a newspaper and was reading it and everything.

Anyway, it was really great to see a familiar face for once. And things were looking up, right. We went straight to the hostel, Seoul Base Camp, which is basically an army barracks set up in a large studio apartment. Right now I'm using a computer plonked down on a piece of plywood, made into a sort of desk.

It was Dave's brother Russ' last day and of course Dave wanted to hang out with him, so that meant that by default, I would have to too. At first I thought it would be awesome, because he had this "all you can eat and drink" idea. Some friends he met before were going to it. Little did I know that it was at least a 2 hour subway ride away (with three transfers) and the food and wine were absolute crap. Nevermind that, Russ thought it appropriate to divide the tab up unevenly so that I paid the most. I'm not sure how much extra he kept, but maybe it was $4. Not a big deal right, but I just felt that if he was dragging me around the city to see this girl he's crushing on for a night before he leaves, the least he could have done was figure out how to divide the bill up evenly. Everybody's plate cost the same. It's the principle of the thing you see.

OK so I can deal with the cold and tasteless western food, the vinegary wine and getting gipped $4. I can deal with all that.

What I cannot deal with are fake people. This place was LOADED with them. I don't know who his friends are, but my god what fakery there was on display that night. I can't really explain it but I was getting a horrible vibe. Maybe these people are lovely when they are not posing for each other at the "intercontinental hotel", but it just seemed like everything they said to me was either condescending or like they were humouring me until they could talk about their own thing. I guess I should've just sucked it up for Dave's sake, but I'm a baby. When they wanted to get into a cab instead of just taking the subway to put even more alcohol in their veins, I just couldn't do it.

I tolerated the snobs up until this point. My legs were not moving me into those cabs. Everyone kept telling me "Oh, it's cheap it's cheap, don't worry about it." Yeah, you don't seem to understand. Maybe I don't understand either. But when I'm in another place, I tend to try to do the same things as normal people do. I don't try to prance around like a princess, taking cabs everywhere when a subway is just fine for me. A couple of the girls told me they took a 1.5 hour cab ride already to get to this place, now they were taking another one back. It was probably the cheap wine and the 1.5 hour sleep that I got last night, but I begged Dave just to write down the name of the subway station I needed to get to the hostel. He still tried to convince me to come, which I felt really bad for, because I was kind of ruining his last night with his brother.

I dunno, maybe I'm the princess here, but sometimes my entire being does not let me do things. At that moment, I could not force myself to get into the cab. I just could not go and watch these people drink and act like idiots anymore. Finally, Dave was nice enough to write down the station and walk me to the subway. I don't know where he went after that, but I said sorry about a thousand times. For some reason, I didn't have to transfer at all to get back to the hostel. It was on the same subway line! That made me a little more irritated. Then, on top of that, there were no beds left at the hostel, so I slept in Dave's bed and when I woke up, I found him on the couch in the lobby :(

Right now, he's snoring and looks like he won't be getting up for a while. I'm sorry Dave. I hope you had a fun night with your brother besides my little temper tantrum. Pictures are coming soon.

Iksan station

Iksan station


Slow train to Seoul

Slow train to Seoul


Seoul subway

Seoul subway


Dave and me

Dave and me


Skateboarding colonel for Karl

Skateboarding colonel for Karl


Crowdeddddd

Crowdeddddd


Subway gas masks... not enough for everyone.

Subway gas masks... not enough for everyone.


Cooling zone

Cooling zone


Aquarium

Aquarium


Intercontinental Hotel

Intercontinental Hotel


Me vs. buffet

Me vs. buffet


Francois and Russ

Francois and Russ

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Nobody cares...

So I went to school and told my supervisor about the attack. She laughed in my face and told me there's nothing to do except put a sign on my door that says "Itu doesn't live here anymore". Awesome.

I just watched some classes and then we went to the immigration office to get my alien card. It will come in two weeks and then I can actually do things.

When I got home, I passed out and when I woke up there was internet so here I am writing this again.

Jo messaged me and said I should go out to NPub because someone was having a going away party. I met some other Canadians there, and we waited for a while, but they never showed up. So we went to karaoke and sang a bunch of songs until two.

When I got home, I still couldn't sleep, so Brian in Ottawa helped me fill out some forms so that I can finally get my money back from my tenants! Those jerks haven't paid for three and a half months now, that's $2,700 that they owe!

It took about three hours, and finally I went to bed at five, having to wake up at 7:30 in the morning the next day in order to be at class for 9:10.

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I was cheered up and then attacked

So all morning long I was pretty much crying and feeling sorry for myself. At around 2 p.m. this lady Mel from Couchsurfing came over and we went out and she took me around to get a smoothie. Some new restaurant was handing out balloons so that made me happy. We walked on down to the park and then to karaoke and then dinner. At karaoke I sang some Weezer and even some Simple Plan! My god, hilarious. We ate a bunch of western-style food, which was a little disappointing. After dinner, the rest of the people went to watch Total Recall, which I already saw. It was pouring and American Nick gave me his umbrella so I could walk home.

The only way to describe the rain was torrential. I haven't been in rain like that since Mexico. Rivers coming down the street and everything. A couple of times I had to cross the busy road because there was a lake in my way.

I promptly went to sleep at 9 p.m.

Then, at around 4 A.M.:

BANGBANGBANGBANGBANG ALKDJAKENKAGNEAKARE (Korean words)

At least two very angry sounding Korean men are trying to get into my apartment.

Holy crap. I am pooing my pants and shaking like a leaf. I do not make a noise, I do not say anything, I just wait until they give up and leave.

Who the hell lived here before and are these his awesome friends?

I cannot sleep obviously after this, so I just go straight to school and work on creating some activities.

Mel, me, balloons

Mel, me, balloons


Guy making that sushi type stuff

Guy making that sushi type stuff


Park, sometimes there are fountains there

Park, sometimes there are fountains there


Soap on a stick

Soap on a stick


Toilet paper outside the stalls?

Toilet paper outside the stalls?

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First day of classes

I went to school today for classes. It's for a summer school, all the way on the other side of town. Kind of sucks, but I think I can walk there later. I just need a map of this place. I still haven't found one yet.

Since the kids are keeners, they are all really good. Today, I just watched Olivia do her class, because Jason is annoying and weird.

Here's an example of how annoying: Jason: "Since Louise isn't prepareddddd, let's combine the classes into one."

Olivia: "So, are you from EPIK?" Jason: (Interrupting) "No, she's not." Louise: "Um... yes actually I am, and I don't know why you'd know anything at all about me." Jason: "Oh you'd be surprised how word gets around." Louise: ....????....

Summer classes are very short, we mostly just play games and do fun stuff. I concocted a lesson plan for tomorrow, so I'll be ready this time. I hope it's not too serious.

Sang Mi brought me to pick up my medical test results, which I passed. We tried to get a bank account, but can't until I get an alien registration card. That takes a few days and tomorrow is a holiday.

She dropped me off at the giant department store and I picked up a bunch of stuff that I needed.

I got my black dress and other dirty clothes back. Really weird. The landlady fixed the air conditioner and brought my clothes to me without an explanation, obviously.

Then, around 5, I went to yoga with Sheldon, that was quite the experience. I didn't understand anything the lady was saying, so she pushed and pulled me around all night.

I passed out as soon as I got home from sheer exhaustion and promptly woke up at 2 a.m. because people in North America sometimes do not understand time zones and message me at the reasonable time of 1 p.m. EST.

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Doctor tests...

Wookang left early for school and I was left alone to repack and move all my stuff to the education office. It was pouring and I quickly caught a cab across town to the office. I showed up looking like a drowned rat with three ginormous bags in the front lobby. I shoved the piece of paper in their face that showed them the name of the people I was looking for. Once again, I argued that I should have a higher pay, and once again, I was denied. Algonquin took too long to print my certificate, so here I am at the bottom of the pay scale.

My co-teacher came (Sang Mi Moon) and I signed my contract, reluctantly. She is very nice, but we are very different people. We dropped my bags off at my apartment, which, to my surprise, is bigger than any room I had in Ottawa in the last year. So that makes me feel better.

Then, I was ushered off to my medical tests so that I can get an alien registration card. This card helps me get a bank account and internet. I'm stealing internet right now, so maybe I don't need internet. They test everything from colourblindness to STDs in your pee. I think I did about 14 tests in 17 minutes. Exactly. Seriously.

After that, Sang Mi dropped me back off at home and showed me how to take the bus to school tomorrow. I unpacked and made a list of a bunch of things I needed to get. Including a pillow. Which is very hard to find.

One of the stores was playing a song that Brian sent me before I left. I laughed and laughed and the people in the store thought I was crazy.

When I got back, I made some random noodles that I found and put an egg in it. I think that's what the instructions said to do on the box. It was crazy spicy and burned my face off, but I was hungry so whatever.

I passed out and suddenly there was a knock on my door. It was my landlord and she brought me a fan because something is wrong with the air conditioner. I thought she was gone for good, so I fell asleep again. Nope, she came back later to wake me up with a Californian behind her to translate things for me. He is Sheldon and he lives two floors up. He showed me the washing machine, and told me to take a taxi to school tomorrow because apparently the bus driver won't tell me how to get there. We will go to yoga tomorrow after work. He also said that there's a skating rink but alas, no curling.

I used to have a bunch of dirty clothes in a bag and now they are gone. I am pretty sure the landlady took them. I don't know why. I will miss that black halter top dress... She started the washing machine without asking me, and it's midnight and it still hasn't drained. It also says "IE" on it and Dave (my friend in Ulsan) tells me it means "internal error". The landlady said that the washing machine is not hers, it's the office of education's, so I have to complain to them if it is broken. Seems like she is either psychic and knew it would break, or probably she already knew about the issues it has.

Tomorrow I will get my dress back. If she threw it out there will be problems. I will seriously move out if she threw out that dress.

Kitchen

Kitchen


Bathroom

Bathroom


Bedroom

Bedroom

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