Malls, malls, malls! And no pictures because my battery was dead :-(

Yesterday was a looong day!  We went to Sunyoung’s mother’s church where I understood maybe 10 words that were said.  I did sing the song though; “축복합니다”, which means something like “may God bless you”.  I did a pretty good job, but there’s a portion where the singing gets really fast, and I’m just not that fast at reading Korean yet :-)

After church, we went out to meet Sonia’s friends at the COEX mall.  It was a long bus ride + a long Metro ride to Samsung-dong.  When we got there, we stayed underground the entire time – from the metro, through Hyundai department store, into COEX mall, I didn’t see light after about 3:30 pm that day.  We walked around the mall for a while, just looking for a place to eat that wasn’t terribly crowded. On the way, we spotted a Kimchi museum, but didn’t get a chance to go in before it closed. Something for next time :-)

We settled on “Mr. Pizza“, whose slogan is “Love for women”…???  Beyond that slogan, there was nothing terribly off about the place. It was Korean-style pizza, which means…well, dough + stuff. We ended up getting the “Potato Pizza“, an amalgam of potato, mushroom, corn, bacon, beef, and onion.

So good. No sauce, but there was cheese in the crust (Cheese cap pizza).

So good. No sauce, but there was cheese in the crust ("Cheese cap pizza").

After pizza, we met Sunyoung’s friends for coffee and I was interviewed for about an hour. I tried my best to speak and understand Korean, but this language is damn hard. Much respect for those who can actually speak this crazy language… I’m very glad her friends understood enough English.

Jayson, if you’re reading this, remember Sonia’s friend Sae Min? Yeah, she said hi to ya, heh.

Anyway, it’s Monday now and I think the rest of the house is waking up. I’ll probably head upstairs soon when 할머니 (grandmother) calls for breakfast, as per usual.

Today I think we’re going to another observatory tower, and I’m not sure what else. Either way, it’s turning out to be a wonderful vacation so far!



  1. Emily says:

    Chris, I ate kimchi! AND I HANDLED THE SPICY! It was at a Korean barbeque place and I thought of you, eating real Korean food in real Korea. I’m glad you are having fun!

  2. Chris Johns says:

    holy crap! where’d you go?

  3. Ben says:

    Sounds like much fun.

  4. Kim says:

    Potato Pizza?!? Sounds different but yummy! Thanks for posting and allowing others to live through your experiences (I’ll name no names, but you know who she is). ^___^

  5. Emily says:

    It was a place in Baltimore, I don’t remember the name but it’s by the Baltimore Eagle, a leather-daddy club (John, Brian, me, and a couple of friends went there on a lark).

  6. Emily says:

    Am I allowed to talk about leather-daddy clubs in your blog? That might be too inappropriate. Count on me to make everything not work safe! :(

  7. Chris Johns says:

    @Emily hooray Emily!

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