I’ve just arrived home from another crazy Tuesday-teaching until 5:30, Korean lesson until 7:30, then yoga class until 8:45-and I’ve decided to hunker down and write a blog. It’s been too long! I need to keep up with this thing, if only for posterity’s sake. And for the sake of my own rapidly disintegrating writing abilities (that’s what happens when you hang out with people who don’t speak English as a first language, your own eloquence suffers-or mine does, anyway). So without further ado, a recap of my weekend!
Friday was quite nice, and ended up being a bit of a rowdy evening. The crew (the large version of the crew, since nearly everyone came out-making us at plus 10 for everywhere we went out and about in PDong. A bit difficult to find seats at any bar or restaurant for that many wagooks) met first for dinner and drinks. The night progressed as those nights do, and we eventually made our way to the nuraebang. It had been nearly a month since I had been back to one, so I was super pumped. Good times were had, many songs were sung, and Colin writhed around on the floor as Marisa, Jenn, and I serenaded him with Mandy Moore’s “Only Hope”. Beautiful.
I woke up fresh as a daisy on Saturday and lazed about for most of the afternoon, eventually catching the 1000 bus to Jamsil at about 4 p.m. to meet up with my World Teach homies for another Lg Twins baseball game at the sports complex. It’s hard to believe that Cox and Wang (their real last names, feel free to laugh, we all know how funny that bit of humor is!) have been here for a full year. I’m coming up on the 6 month mark myself. Let the constant paranoia and fretting about the next year of my life begin! Anyway, this was also the first time that I got to see Diane since she arrived from the States nearly a month ago. The Marshall Islands crew is slowly trickling in, one by one-next up is Rehani joining us in September. Yay! Post-game, a sad, pitiful loss by the Twins,(booooooo) we headed to CoEx and had another delicious dinner at On The Border. I must admit though, I’m getting quite tired of their overpriced Mexican food. I’ve only been there 4 times in the past 6 months, mostly due to the desires of others (and my sometimes very strong desire for avocados and cheese), but it’s just too expensive for my tastes.
Sunday was the day I’d been waiting for for the past several weeks. Lady Gaga came to Seoul! She was in South Korea only a few weeks ago but only played a small private show in Apgujeoung. I, unfortunately, was not lucky enough to attend. The disappointment! When I found out later that she decided to come back for a big show, I literally jumped up and down with glee with Marisa in the teachers’ room at school. We turned the event into a little ladies’ night and got all dolled up, heading into Jamsil a few hours early with Jenn and Lydia to grab some food and cocktails. We met up with several lovely English ladies, Emma, Jemma, and Amy, and the rest of the evening was fantastic. Gaga put on a stupendous show, I danced a lot with the girls, and we even had our cheap little beers confiscated from us by the show security officer. Lame. But very very fun!
Great, great show.
On a school/children related note, today I took an adorable picture of Brian from Piglet class (the littlest babies). He was in trouble because he pulled Marisa Teacher’s skirt down over her bum. Hilarious, but not appropriate behavior. So sometimes when the kids get in trouble we bring them to the teacher’s room and make them stand with their eyes closed to ponder their bad behavior. Brian was so cute, and very intensely focused on whatever thoughts were in his tiny little mind. So cute!