Published: March 23rd 2008March 23rd 2008
This is the most common thing I see on a daily basis, The Mike and Eric show!
So the week ended with kids remaining crazy and I hope that the trend does NOT continue on Monday because I don't have enough energy, a voice or patience for anymore shenanigans! Claire, Mike and I headed to conversation club but first the 3 of us plus Natasha hit up our favourite little Italian restaurant Little Italya because they were all craving the chicken salad which I apparently just had to try to understand where they were coming from and since I haven't warmed up to Korean food yet I was all for it! We got there and were greeted, seated and served by the Head Chef/Owner (remember the one that Aurora loves and she didn't come with us because she was tired!) He laughed when we wanted 4 salads because it's not really a dinner but a side to share, but we got 2 pastas as sides to share and OOOOMMMMMGGGG this salad was heavenly! IMAGINE THIS $6.50 for a chicken salad made with fresh ingredients by a guy who was trained in Italy in the middle of Korea. Now imagine what that would set you back in Canada, the chicken alone would have been $6.50! It had this amazing
mustard vinagerette on it that Mike actually drank with his spoon when his salad was gone! The pasta was awesome to so was the service! There is actually a picture of the Chef, Mike, Natasha and Aurora on the fridge there so they are quite popular! We went to second round following the conversation (basically everyone just moves to a restaurant to eat, drink and talk some more) and then we went home before everyone else because the subway closes at 1130 and we all were getting up early the next morning.
Oh Seoul a place that I would NEVER want to call home! I have liked Daegu since I arrived and after being in Seoul for a mere 24hours I now LOOOOVE Daegu! There seem to be 100,000,000 people around you at all times sucking up what precious little oxygen is actually available. Honestly if you stay above ground and away from the shopping malls it's not all the bad but good god the subway was crazy and the mall was basically tiny booths of cloths bunched together for 7 floors. The aisles were wide enough for one tiny Korean to walk down and it becomes something of
a Labyrinth, seriously I was waiting for David Bowie to pop out in front of me.
It didn't help that it rained a lot and rain here is extra acidy making it fun to walk around without an umbrella. I should have bought one when I noticed every Korean walking around with one! They say here that the Koreans know when it's going to rain before the weather man does and I def. believe it now! My nice white shoes are now blue from my jeans.
We left Daegu at 11 on the KTX which is the Korean bullet train (didn't seem to be moving all the fast to me!) and we arrived in Seoul at about 1:30. I met up with K and her husband and a friend of theirs and we went to grab lunch. I was soooo excited for lunch I got a sandwich made with 12 grain bread and a real fruit smoothie!
After that we walked down to one of the palaces in Seoul and caught the changing of the palace guards, which is actually a reenactment that they put on a few times a day, but it was still really cool!
I realized that Eric resembles Fievel the mouse...you know the one!
The palace cost 1000w to walk through which is basically $1...biiiiig money! The colours in the place were incredible. I love being Canadian but our history stinks compared to this place! After that we headed down this street that had about 14 tiny wool shops, 15 tiny ribbon shops, 15 tiny bag shops, 15 tiny towel shops, 15 tiny crap shops, 15 tiny you can put these things on your shirt if you want to jingle jangle shops and about 19 elastics, bubble wrap, gift bag and spare parts shops! It was the strangest thing ever! I mean these people should just get together and open one big place! After that walk we went to the mall, scariest place on earth....no close I guess if there were agima's there it would have been the scariest! After that we headed to another part of town for Mexican...I find myself eating a lot of ethnic food that I don't think of when I think of Asian cuisine! We had taco's and margarita's and they were fabulous! The place was pretty full of Canadians. Then we headed to a cake place to get K a bday cake which we took with us to
the Rocky Mountain Tavern. There are 2 in Seoul owned by a Canadian guy and it was full of Canadians! And guess what...they had the Leafs game on so Ryan (on of K's friends) and I were super excited! And because it was her birthday she got a free fish bowl with some kind of soju concoction and we all got free jello shots! Korea is a cheap drinkers dream place, their alcohol isn't taxed so it's super cheap. We all did tequila shots for $2 each, that at home would get you like a whiff of the stuff...maybe the lemon slice to!
After that we headed next door to a hookah bar called Great! And it lived up to it's name! The owner spoke perfect English which was great, was really friendly (I find that owners of restaurants and bars love the Canadians here) , he helped get Claire, Aurora and Vivian there because they came later and I clearly had no clue where we were and how to tell them to get there! Anyway I tried the hookah thing and it was pretty cool. I didn't really inhale more sucked it into my mouth and blew it
the salad...ooooh the salad!
out. We had a rose one and then a rose and honey one, it left a really nice flavour in your mouth. We had a nice little international thing going to, Aurora and Vivian are Korean, K, Ryan, Jason, Claire and I are Canadian, Johan is South African and Laura is Irish.
After drinking ourselves stupid and barely spending anything to do it Claire, Aurora Vivian and I headed to Aurora's friends apartment to crash.
This morning we all felt a bit gross me more so because my cold seems to have gotten worse and breathing out of my nose is now impossible not to mention I've become a sneeze machine. Stupid pollution! We had Ramyan for breakfast which is basically Korean mr. noodles. I'm not sure I like soup for breakfast but it was spicy so it worked well against the stuffed nose!
Before we headed home Vivian, Aurora and I went to Kyobo book store in downtown and when I say bookstore I mean book mega center! This place puts every other bookstore to shame! They had a whole room dedicated to foreign books so I picked up a few more. I've been in Korea
my little nook on the KTX
for almost 3 weeks and all I have bought are books! I blame Aurora because she keeps taking me there! I did get another Korean book though that Claire recommended so I can really start to learn the language.
We got home around 5 and I am shocked that I haven't passed out yet because I am so beyond tired. I guess it doesn't help that I feel like ass. I felt bad because I didn't want to eat any Korean food I just wanted regular chicken noodle soup because when you're sick you just want what you know!
I am really not looking forward to work tomorrow because I just want to sleep all day!
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