Monday, December 6, 2010

The Birthday Weekend

Oh, it was a wonderful weekend!

I got a cake at school....and it was, hands down, the best cake I've had in Korea. Usually, the cakes are pretty tasteless, but this charmer was delicious.


From there, my coworkers took me out to a (veggie friendly) dinner at Queen's Head, where they also brew pretty tasty beer. I had a pizza. Delicious.

Alex and I came up with some sort of club during dinner...and here's us flashing the sign later that night. I believe you have to say "POW" at the same time you throw up the P's.

After dinner, we went out to a few places near Suwon Station. I didn't get home until about 6 in the morning. It was a great night of dancing and laughter. I love my coworkers.

Vy n' Me (it rhymes!)

Hahahaha...oh dear.

Linda...always looking delightful


Saturday was a recovery day. Justin took me to Indian food near Suwon Station. It was great to find a cheap Indian alternative to the very delicious, yet expensive, "Taj" here in Yeongtong. The new place was pretty good...although I have definitely had better. We had plans to check out Seoul Forest and a Dr. Fish on Saturday, but Justin was pretty sick. So, we went on Sunday when he was feeling better and I had recouped from Friday night.

Sunday was a really FUN day. I'd never made it to Seoul Forest and neither had Justin, so it was a new experience all around. Having been there now, I wish I had gone when the leaves were changing...but you live and you learn. I'll definitely make it back in the future. There are many things to do and see, and you can even rent bikes, which we DID. I was sooooo happy to be riding a bike!


 The line of bikes to be rented.

 I thought it was kind of funny--Justin got a "manly" mountain bike. The guy gave me this cutsie pink one. Ohhhh gender definitions are alive and kicking in Korea.

 I fell in love with this sculpture.

Similar to Nara in Japan, we got to see deer! 
These were enclosed in fencing, though. 
Quite a bit less scary.

Then we headed out to the Han river. Weeee!

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Justin was trying out his new camera. 

This was fun--you jump and try to hit the plastic things. I didn't jump very high...

Still playing with the camera. I really like this picture.

 AFTER Seoul Forest, we went to a Dr. Fish cafe. I believe this one was called Book with Spa or something like that. It's in Gangnam near the Teenie Weenie clothing store...on the 2nd floor of a building. Anyhow, the whole thing is pretty funny. You put your feet into a bath and let all of these tiny fish eat the dead skin off of your feet. It was simultaneously terrifying and delightful. Here's a video of me putting my feet in for the first time:
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  You can kind of see the fishies. They swarm.

 After a few minutes, I got used to it. Kind of. 
Well, until Justin took his feet out and ALL of the fish swam to me.

I had a wonderful birthday full of laughter and new experiences. It was the first time in a few years that I didn't feel homesick or wish I was somewhere else. Living in Korea has grown on me and it only took 7.5 months. Eh, well, I always take awhile to warm up to things.

Week two of winter term is starting off well. We have a staff dinner tonight, which should be interesting. They always are. This weekend, I'm heading down to Daegu to visit Teralyn! I'm pretty excited about that...laughing will happen AND I'll get to visit a new place. I'm starting off this 26th year in a great way!

To see more pictures of the weekend, click HERE.

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