48. Pics with the foreigner
By now, I am so used to this that when Koreans ask me to take a picture with them I don't even think about it and just do it. Almost every time we go out in a group, Koreans ask us to take a picture with them. I've taken pictures with middle school kids, couples, kids, and 아저씨 (ajeoshis -married older men).
On one occasion, a group of about 15 expats were going hiking and of course an 아저씨 approached us with his camera. We thought he wanted a picture with all of us, BUT he only wanted a picture with one girl from our group, probably because she had blonde hair and blue eyes. It was awkward when he approached us, and everybody in the group was ready to take a picture, but the 아저씨 only wanted a picture with one girl haha.
middle school girls who wanted a pic with us
49. Fast deliveries...see 32.
50. Mirror toilets
I still don't get this one...at all. I get all the other mirrors everywhere else, but WHY...WHY would I want a mirror on the bathroom stall door crotch level? Am I supposed to see my tushie after I'm done to make sure it's clean?
51. Assigned seating at the movies
This is such a brilliant idea that should be implemented in the States and everywhere else. When you buy your movie ticket they ask you where do you want to sit, and they show you which seats are available so that so you can chose. It's awesome because if you buy your tickets in advanced, you can be late and you'll know for sure you'll have your seats waiting for you. Or even if you buy your tickets and there's a long line at concessions, again, there's no hurry to save seats. BAM! Korea is awesome!
This happened a couple weeks ago; it usually happens at the beginning of winter. In order to prepare for the long winter, families make huge batches of kimchi, actually enough for a whole year. I have yet to see this, but they let it ferment in a big brown pot that is buried so that it won't go bad. I have also heard of "kimchi refrigerators" which are exactly what the word says; so homes will have two fridges.
Last year a friend gave me some kimchi, but I couldn't finish it all because it was super spicy. This year, a coworker gave me three WHOLE cabbages ...the kimchi is still stinking up my fridge -_-.
53. Stationary Stores
Or for my Spanish speakers paperlerías! Yaaaaay never thought I'd see these outside of Mexico. I used to love going to papelerías because I love crafts and anything related...my scrapbooking station back home can attest to that.
These are stores where you can buy school materials on a daily basis, you don't have to run to the supermarket just to get a new pencil. And conveniently there is always a stationary store near every school, so if you need something for school, you can stop on your way to school. You can also buy tons of other craft materials for projects and DIY. The stores can range in size from small on a corner near a school to three-story mega stores...I go crazy in those! Gaaahh I love crafts!..sorry, I just a little moment. There's a chain I like called Alpha. They are pretty well stocked with just about anything. One just recently opened near my neighborhood, but they are almost everywhere. There's a ginormous one in Seoul where let's just say my wallet pays the price.
This past December 19th was time for Korea to chose a new president. Two great things came out of this event. 1) We got the day off. Say whaaaaaaaaaa? Yes, day off to go out and vote. Well, not me of course, but other people. I'm not sure whether EVERYBODY gets the day off. I asked my coworker about it, and she vaguely replied that sometimes people have to wait in line for too long to vote so they just get the day off just in case. Yay for us waygooks!
2) Campaigning, and the best way to do so in Korea is by blasting loud music and doing cheesy little dances. It is awesome. I took the picture below in downtown, Pohang. They are campaigning for candidate No. 1. Yes, they go by numbers, I believe there were 7 candidates.
No. 1, Mrs. Park was chosen as the new President. Not too many people around me were happy because she is disliked since her father was a dictator back in the day. Apparently she apologized for her father's actions, but she is still uber conservative. A coworker was so upset that she even got sick from the result and went home early on Thursday.
55. Wine Train
Wine + train ride = awesomeness! Yes ladies and gents, this is why Korea keeps winning! How can you beat unlimited wine for almost 8 hours?! Let me answer that, YOU CAN'T!
Ana and I decided to finally go on one of these on December 15th because we had heard about them and had been wanting to go on one for a while now. We paid 98,000 won (~ $91) which I think was a pretty good deal, like I said there was unlimited wine, snacks (cheeeeeeeeeeseballz!), the winery's tour, a hot wine footbath, a pretty damn good lunch buffet, and train transportation to and from Seoul. We were with the Travel Pants group, a group of about 15 waygooks.
We hoped on the train in Seoul at 9am and the drinking started at 10am. The only downside to the train was that it only offered Korean wine. Which I understand because the train seems to be organized by the Korean winery Chateau Manni. Their wine was alright, it got better after the third glass. On the the train they offered one white wine and three red wines...I think, a lot of things are a blur hehehe.
|hot wine footbath|
|I need this at home!|
I vaguely remember dancing with ajummas, stealing a couple bottles, making some odd smelling bags, bus number 3, awful drunk karaoke, and walking around a small town and seeing lots of ginseng.
<--- the odd smelling bags, I have no clue where mine ended up
The Travel Pants organizer also added a Christmas theme to the experience so we had a VERY drunk white elephant gift exchange on the way back...damn you person who stole the reusable hand warmer from me!
All in all, it was a great fun experience which I will definitely be doing again hehehe. And props to Travel Pants who did an amazing job!
<-- with our white elephants gifts.
Yay last day of school today!