Discovering the Real Cheonan

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July 26th 2007
Published: August 5th 2007EDIT THIS ENTRY

Last Thursday, we discovered a whole new Cheonan. One of our fellow teachers, Perry, that happens to be from New Zealand decided to show us around town. We thought we had seen it all, but little did we know.

After everyone had finished class, we jumped on the bus and headed over the downtown Cheonan. We were all pretty amazed because it was almost like a minature version of Times Square. Lights, people, cars, restaurants, shops, and clubs were everywhere. Our cameras were definitely in full force.

There is a glitzy department store/mall called Ya-Woo-Ri, and it also has a theatre. There are so many restaurants including one devoted entirely to the mushroom. There is also an art museum that has all art displayed all along the street. There are so many shops and lots of street vendors. You can get rip-offs at about every corner. I bought myself some adidas socks for about a dollar; I was a little too excited.

We had dinner at Outback; it felt pretty good to have a western-style dinner again. I had the Alice Springs chicken with a wonderful baked potatoe about the size of a baby’s fist. This is where we discovered the wonders of Korean service. Things are so competitive that service is expected to top notch. Our waiter would not walk to get refills - he would run and knock people over in the process. He even took $5 off our check and gave us the address of his cyworld (Korean myspace) homepage. The best part is that tip is not expected.

After our great night on the town, we then headed back to Namseoul in a taxi. Very fun!

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