I had to work Saturday, so after having dinner and a few soju-ciders with a couple of lovely Colombian research scientists (who I've just found out live in my neighbourhood) on Friday night, I hit it pretty early so I could wake my ass up at like 7:15. I'd actually prepared for Saturday drama class between classes that day, so I was all ready to teach for like 3 1/2 hours when I found out about 5 minutes before we started that all the classes were taking a trip to the library. No one told us that more than one class was going, but then, that's about how much we usually communicate. Awesome, whatever, that's less time I have to spend trying to keep them interested in theatre terminology.
So I do this cute, simple Red Riding Hood activity with them to teach them about dialogue using speech bubbles. We've been compiling everything they do and taking lots of photos so we can put little books together for the parents at the end - because a shiny finished product and looks are all that matter here - so I had also deemed a couple of related worksheets necessary and basically had them colour for 10 minutes at the end.
Then I headed downstairs for a short workout in the gym, reading a chapter of A Wizard of Earthsea while doing the stationary cycle. I've been reading and re-reading lots of adolescent stuff and Roald Dahl, because we have our own library and I dig nostalgia. When it was cooler having a quiet designated reading time was my favourite part of trying to get fit, but lately I've just been looking forward to gymming because there's a cold shower waiting for me at the end, even if that cold shower is sometimes full of old ladies and middle school girls giving me funny looks. There's nothing quite like having Mrs. Kim ogle you like one might try to decipher the behaviours of an animal at the zoo.
I had to cut my workout short because I had an appointment at the Teng Teng Skin Clinic, a great place in Sinsa with a Korean-American M.D. named Julius who only needs to talk to you for like 5 minutes about any given problem. Doctors are incredibly fast about everything in Korea. In 10 minutes I had a months' supply of antibiotics, determined as I am now to get rid of my mild late-onset acne for good. Fuck you, humidity-exacerbated blemishes.
Next I began what was to become a long subway sojourn to Hongdae. I actually dozed off on Line 3 and went a half dozen stops too far into pretty obscure uncharted waters, like a boss. All said and done I ended up spending over 2 hours on the subway that day, but at least I had a seat for almost all of it. At Hongik Station I met up with a guy I was acquainted with in college about four years ago who's punctuating his travelling around Asia with M.A. studies here. I took him to Cafe Slobbie, where I had salad bibimbap, he had kimchi fried rice and we shared a bottle of organic honey makgeolli.
After that he did a little sunglasses shopping we went to Castle Praha, a pretty neat central European cathedral-themed restaurant and bar, for another drink before we each had to meet other people. It was pretty warm inside and it's naturally a bit overpriced, but I've been meaning to check it out since I got here and want to go back to try their salads and wines.
Some of the tarantula enclosures are stupidly cute kids' furniture from G-Market, complete with tiny stately houses inside. I'm half-tempted to film a terrible 1950's-style B horror movie at the insect house.
At least I do a lot more here than I did back home, even if I'm not satified with how little I've done in the way of what I consider to be relevant or meaningful things. I'm working on that.