Trip Start Jun 29, 2006
23Trip End Jun 26, 2007
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I'd like to start by filling everyone in on October. The night before I sent my computer off, I went out for Kang's birthday and ended up at a party for one of the English clubs at the University. It was a great night where Brandon and I ended up hanging out with some kids from Sangjae's English club... which have since because rather regular friends! On Saturday I managed to find Fedex (with considerable difficulty) and sent my laptop home to be repaired. That afternoon I went to the University to meet with Mr. Jung's English club. After that it was time to celebrate Brandon's birthday. A few of us, including Hwaran (my roommate from AIP) joined up for dinner and then celebrated in style at Yes! (which we had also done on Friday night).
The next week was a big holiday in Korea. Chuseok! Actually, there were two holidays in the same week so many people had the whole week off of work! Stephen and I just had to work on Monday. October 3 was Korea's Foundation Day, which literally translated is more like the day the sky opened up and Korea was created. Friday was Chuseok, a sort of Korean Thanksgiving. People travel to their hometowns to pay their respects to their ancestors. Brandon, Stephen, and I hung out on Tuesday night and then on Wednesday night Sangjae took Brandon and me to Busan.
As usual I was the only girl and that was just fine with me! Saturday was pretty quiet, I just met up with some of the Asians to walk around Munsu. On Sunday I had lunch with Urara and Youngin then met Brandon and walked a long way to Seungnamdong and back. It was a nice, comforting holiday. I thought about going somewhere, particularly Japan but travelling during that time is crazy and expensive so I opted not to.
The next week Brandon, Melissa, and I attempted to go to Wal-Mart but ended up going to Save Zone because E-Mart was finally changing the Wal-Mart store into their own. The lady at the door did give us "Sugar bubbles" (soap) for the inconvenience. That Thursday after work I met up with Wonkyo and some of his inline skating club for some bowling. Wonkyo and I went for sushi afterwards. The next night Brandon, Stephen and I went to the batting cages and then out for a quiet evening. Stephen and I were going to meet Melissa early the next morning to hike. We did, trekking all the way up Munsusan (Mt. Munsu).
I registed for Korean conversation classes the next week and met with the teacher. I also saw Wonkyo and Dean Jin and we discussed some things going on in the international studies office. My interest is in the possibility of a new position opening up for a native English speaker. They're still just working on the idea at this point. Brandon, Stephen and I had a western style dinner on Saturday and watched a bootleg version of Jackass 2 before meeting up in Mugeodong with some Koreans. On Sunday Stephen, Melissa, and I trekked out to Seonbawi (Standing Rock) which is actually fairly close to where we live (we could walk there from out apartments and it wouldn't be too far).
The next week our school had a going away dinner for Jennifer and a welcoming dinner for Anna. We had snow and king crab and it was amazing!
Halloween was pretty uneventful.
The next weekend (I think it's hilarious that my important events are almost always on weekends... the weeks are pretty much the same from week to week) the cracker club (that would be me, Brandon, Stephen, and Melissa) went out in Seungnamdong with Hyunggun and went dancing.
They had a modern ceremony and it's quite short.
I am out of time for now! You're caught up on October and I hope to catch up on November!