I only work a half day on Tuesdays, so I headed for the bus terminal at dawn and took the first bus to Seoul. I’ve been reading my friend Mica’s blog a lot lately and it seems we both were in need for some like-minded company. Also known as, Koreans Are Driving Me Insane Syndrome. After swapping sob stories we headed to Insa-dong, a neighborhood of Seoul that is zoned (Korea has laws???) to sell only authentic Korean goods. Also all their signs are in true Korean, no Konglish (English Phonetic Korean) and no English signs allowed. It’s also a touristy area because of all the great Korean art to buy.
The Han River – Seoul
Traffic was so bad, my bus was an hour late and I was about to be late to teach my evening class. I’m afraid to go out and do things before work now. Seriously, my school doesn’t tolerate even one tardy. The teacher I replaced once got in a car accident, when the school was notified, they picked him up at the hospital to bring him to teach his class. Then after his shift, they drove him back to the hospital. Well, at least they drove him back…?
I had the most unresponsive kids today. To say it was like pulling teeth to get them to talk would be a lie. Teeth WILL come out with enough pulling, eventually. These kids were the living dead. I gave it everything I had. Have fun on your exam next week, kids!
Then I went home for my usual decompression routine. Healthy amount of Guinness not pictured.
The Next Day…
I was told if I wanted a descent cup of coffee, I had to get it from Ediya Cafe. So I make the trip this morning and it doesn’t open until 10AM! For Coffee! Take a tip from Starbucks, they open at 5. I don’t want coffee with my lunch. Koreans are such posers…
My friend says Koreans only like the idea of getting coffee from a coffee shop. Not actually drinking it. You wait with a timer/buzzer for half an hour for something not black coffee with 3 syrups in it and a panda doily. They will give you an Americano (espresso with water), but oh you take cream in your coffee? Sorry we only have pear, ginger, citron and honey to add to that.