Yesterday I decided that it would be a fantastic idea to introduce the bf and Dave to an exciting little place round here called Lotte World. It’s a theme park only a 30 minutes bus ride from Pyeongnae by express (the good ol red 1100) at the Jamsil station. Some may remember that I went in May with Marisa, Gloria, Jenny, and Lina after little Donna’s sad departure from RT. I was eager to go again and when our plans to go on an autumnal visit to the east coast Seoraksan Mountain range fell through due to some less-than-stellar weather predictions, I suggested spending our Saturday at the theme park to rival all theme parks. In Korea. I mean, it’s no Cedar Point here. Anyway, it was very crowded, as is nearly every public place in Seoul on any given weekend. This prevented us from riding a few of the more popular rides-Jon refused to wait in line for more than 40 minutes for anything, which I relentlessly hassled him for after we waited in line nearly that long just to ride the bumper cars. (Side note: Koreans do not do well with bumper cars. I think maybe the concept was not explained to them. Most drivers generally just drove in a nice little circle and occasionally, accidentally ran into one another. Then giggled, apologized and drove away. Good fun!) I ate a corn dog, and dippin dots-the ice cream of the future!- and bought a rainbow/spider-webbed witch hat for 3,000 won. Dave and Jon bought Mexican wrestler masks and donned them sporadically throughout the day.
All in all, it was a day of kitschy goodness. I ran around with barely-contained glee. I also found my next professional calling-parade dancer at Lotte World. Seriously, the “20th anniversary parade” was held at 8 o’clock in the indoor section of the park and the dancers/parade actors looked amazing. Their costumes were phantasmagorical and covered in color changing LED lights. There was choreography and heavy makeup and glorious costumes. I will be googling their job openings immediately.
Today Jon and I went to Gangnam to visit a cafe where they advertise the use of “doctor fish”. The doctor fish are in a little pool-you dip your feet in and they nibble away at the dead skin. It was a strange experience. As I am incredibly ticklish anyway, the moment the dozens of gaping mouths attacked my tootsies I let out a little scream and immediately pulled my feet up. This happened maybe, three or four times before I became accustomed enough to the sensation to stick it out. The shy waitress/doctor fish assistant set our timer for 20 minutes and we sat while our feet were devoured, looking out on the busy main street of Gangnam. Then we went back to our delicious waffle and lemongrass tea. I would go back to the cafe just for the snacks and drinks-they had a great list of organic teas. And a mural of the Little Prince on the wall! There were also live trees inside, which I think is impressive for a second-story establishment.