Walking home tonight I came across a car that was parked in the middle of a busy intersection. Since the car was sliiiightly parked to the side, I just thought someone had poor judgement and had done a shoddy parking job. The car was pretty dark inside, and I assumed it was unoccupied. A crowd was watching as buses nearly plowed into the back of it. Seriously, they were so close to hitting it and the drivers were laying on their horns, but to no avail. Suddenly, I noticed that there was actually someone sitting behind the steering wheel! As I watched, I saw it was a woman who was repeatedly dialing someone on her phone. I wondered if she was drunk, or just hysterical over something. I mean, who the fuck sits in the middle of the intersection while buses and cars are careening towards you!?! It seemed like someone should say something or help her… but of course no one did.
Here are some photos from the weekend. Most of them are from the Korean Folk Village in Suji. The last one is from a hiking trail I found in Pangyo.
OMG today needs to end ASAP. I am so tired that my eyes feel all stingy and I feel like I need to stretch every muscle in my body. I didn’t do laundry like I should have, so I’m not feeling my outfit today. My students are being super rowdy and loud and I do not have the energy to deal. I also feel like a whale because I haven’t exercised in 9 days… I really should renew my gym membership today but going home and plopping into bed sounds so nice…
Today is no.
Despite the tragedy that feels inescapable in Korea at the moment, I had a pretty good weekend.
I went to the Korean Folk Village in Yongin on Saturday. It turned out to be a lot more fun than I expected. The park is so large and there are so many different things to do. At first, we went on some rides, including the Viking. Even though it was smaller than other Viking rides that I’ve seen, I was terrified. I was proud of myself for doing it, though. Then after walking around for a couple of hours, we got grilled pork skewers and makgeolli which was delicious. Just as we were finishing, a kind of show started right where we were standing. Actors wearing traditional clothing were reenacting historical-ish scenes. However, they would randomly break character and start dancing to Psy or Orange Caramel. It was actually pretty hilarious, I think, but I was also buzzed from the alcohol.
That was kind of an exhausting day because we walked around outside for about 4 hours. At about 9, BF came to pick me up in his ~*new car*~. We drove to Yatap and had dinner and then we headed to Yuldong Park… As we drove there, BF explained that there was a tradition of christening a new car, and he would do it in front of me. He stopped to buy a bottle of makgeolli and then we parked in the park’s lot. He opened every door of the car, the trunk, and the hood. Then he walked around the car and splashed makgeolli on the tires. He then proceeded to fully bow several times in front of the car. Then he told me to do the same. I don’t know if this is an actual… thing. Anyways, it was hilarious.
Today we drove to Pangyo and had lunch and Oreo bingsu. We found an awesome hiking trail near the library and walked that for a while. When we got cold, we decided to watch the news in the car. This ended up making me feel really depressed, but we had some good conversation about the current events. Eventually we were hungry again, so we had beers and pizza at Craftworks and then came back to my house. BF gathered his belongings and left after a short nap. When I woke up, I felt disoriented and strangely depressed. I had had a dream about going to school and seeing many crying parents. I felt emotional when I had to say goodbye to BF. Now, it seems kind of silly but I guess I just watched too much news today… It’s hard to avoid it.
I should be going to bed pretty soon but I’m just feeling weird. I hope I will sleep well tonight with no bad dreams. I plan on posting some choice pics from the weekend tomorrow.