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Korea!

Back from Korea!

All of my good pictures are on Facebook – go see them here:

http://cli.gs/79WdDz – day 1
http://cli.gs/yY10Dy
– day 2
http://cli.gs/7gYJjX
– day 3
http://cli.gs/7DhG3d – day 4
http://cli.gs/4UQhQA – day 5
http://cli.gs/uMep0b – day 6
http://cli.gs/ZYah26 – day 7
http://cli.gs/6SrEM0 – day 8
http://cli.gs/Ny2Pqz – day 9

However, in the interest of using this webspace a bit more, I’ll post a bit of a documentary-style narrative here.

When I have more energy.

~Chris

Dinner tonight was awesome

It’s a lazy beautiful Sunday.  It’s unfortunate that it’s dark out this early, but really, it’s still February…what should I expect?  It was in the 50s and 60s today though, so I won’t complain about it getting dark early.

Anyway, I spent most of the day studying for the LSAT.  I’m going to take it again in June to raise my score, because frankly it wasn’t good enough to compete with most people.  I scored a 166 on the diagnostic, so we’ll see how high I can go with it (and how high I can keep it)!

After a few hours at the library, I decided that I needed some soy sauce (since my old stuff started to go funny…), so I went out to Super H Mart.  H-Mart (aka Han Ah Reum) is a Korean grocery chain endemic to this area – there are a couple elsewhere, but I think it started in Northern Virginia.  I’m not sure what the difference is between a “Super” H-Mart and a normal H-Mart, but whatever.

Anyhoo, I realized that I had some pork in the freezer, so I decided on a meal for the night.  It was quick, easy, semi-healthy (well, moreso than what I could have eaten otherwise…) and cheap.

Finished product - pork bulgogi on lettuce

The finished product!

The process follows below!

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Lunch and dinner

Pretty simple day today!

Waiting for the bus, I was struck by how large the roads are...mostly because they're never busy enough to merit their size.

Waiting for the bus, I was struck by how large the roads are...mostly because they're never busy enough to merit their size.

We went to a small restaurant called “Urban Garden“, hidden in a back alley near 서울시청 (Seoul City Hall). It was a pretty nice place, and the food was carefully prepared. Their website is annoying as hell though; turn off your speakers.

Hi Yewon!

Hi Yewon!

We met Yewon for lunch! I hadn’t seen her since October, and Sonia hadn’t seen her since May. It’s good to know Columbia didn’t kill her.

Mmmforklamer

Their menu might need a little bit of work.

After lunch, we traveled back to the house, and got ready for dinner.

Dinner layout! Wrap the eel in the vegetables, add your choice of condiments, and eat!

Dinner layout! Wrap the eel in the vegetables, add your choice of condiments, and eat!

Now it’s off to the water park. Yes, I know, it’s about 10˚F colder here than Jersey. We’ll see how this goes.

Short entry, yes, I know, but I’m excited to swim in really cold weather :-)

~Chris

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!

~Chris