Published: February 7th 2010February 7th 2010
My schedule changed a bit this week. I no longer have a 3pm class so I have a little extra time on my long lunch break. I have a sneaking suspicion I will soon be given an 8-9pm class though. I finished up at the gym as well. I can now do 5k under 30 minutes consistently on the treadmill. I will look into joining the gym near my apartment sometime this week. My shoulder is still sore from skiing but it is gradually healing.
Wednesday I went out to lunch with Andrew and Tonya so they got to meet for the first time. We had some grilled meat which was quite delicious as always. Friday night I went out with Jemal, Yogita, Andrew and JT and got to sleep at about 3am. I was very tired from the week even thought it seemed to go by quickly. I got a care package from my mom this week also so I will not be experiencing a sock shortage anytime soon now.
Andrew was going on a trip with his girlfriend on Saturday so I made alternate plans to go to Seoul. I left my place around 1pm and got
into the city at about 4:30pm. I was trying to get to the casino first but the information I had written down was not sufficient enough to navigate there on the subway. Luckily Koreans are incredibly friendly and helpful. I had not one, not two, but three chivalrous Koreans come to my rescue and help me decipher what stop the hotel/casino was at. One guy even called information on his phone so I could have the hotel's number. Thanks mysterious strangers!
I played poker for about 4 hours. I was up, then down, then up again. I ended up walking away with my pocket about 160,000 won heavier. The casino has a free restaurant for gamblers so I ate some "steak" before I left which was really just beef stir-fry. I can't complain about a free meal though. I met up with Tonya and two of her friends from EPIK in Itaewon where they had a hotel. The two new girls were named Hope and Ashlea, sorry I didn't snap any pictures of them but they're both about my age. Hope is from Texas and Ashlea is from Canada. The reason we were all meeting up was to go
to a show at Club Volume which was attached to the hotel. Apparently it's award-winning and ranked top 30 worldwide as far as dance clubs go.
We started out trying to go to a pub called the Wolfhound Pub I think...? It was ridiculously packed so Tonya and I ducked out whilst the younger two ladies stayed and conversed with their compatriots amongst the din. We went to a less crowded bar ironically called Bedlam and drank some long island iced teas and shots before the show.
The DJ I went to Seoul to see was Gareth Emery. He plays trance music and does many of his own mixes. I listen to a lot of his stuff on afterhours.fm. The show was absolutely fantastic. He played for over three hours and I danced hard for 2 hours and 55 minutes. The club was crazy...an upper VIP section with rails for dancing, tons of lasers, a crazy back lit pulpit for the dj and bumpin speakers. At high points in the set the lights would flare up and cold steam (i'm not sure what else to call it) blasted down from the ceiling. The coolest part was that there
were tons of green lasers that came straight down from the ceiling to the floor so they would hit people...you could touch them...it kind of looked like trippy neon-green laser rain.
I never saw Hope or Ashlea at the show but apparently they were there...I guess I was too entranced. After the show we went to McDonald's at about 5 am to refuel before bed. They were serving breakfast. Perfect. This morning I woke up around ten, Tonya told me she didn't hear me snoring at all which was a shock to me. I had warned them I probably would but apparently was too tired to. Hope, Tonya and I went to Hongdae so I could buy an iPod (my 30gb video of the last 5 years has a dying headphone jack). They turned out to be absurdly overpriced so I'm going to try and get one from the US somehow. We did get some really tasty felafel so it wasn't all for naught. I got back to town at about 5:30pm and have been lazing since then. The upcoming weekend is a long weekend because the Koreans celebrate their lunar new year. I'm thinking a trip would be
fun but am not sure at this point.
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