One month down, 11 to go
*A note – it’s currently 6:45am here, and I’ve been up since 4:45am. If this is a bit on the rambling side, you’ll have to forgive me.
Yes, the countdown has begun. I know that 11 months is a long ways away, but honestly, March has flown by. I can’t believe that we’ve been here for a month already! A lot has happened this month, with two trips to Daejeon, one to Busan, a night out in Masan – we’ve been busy on the weekends. But what has been so nice is living above our school. We don’t have to go anywhere if we don’t want to! And a walk to the grocery store is only 5 minutes away. We seem to be going there very frequently, which is good. The Lotte Mart near us has (almost) everything we need, and what we can’t get at Lotte Mart we take a bus to Home Plus and get it there.
Anyways, Ross and I have been kind of sick lately. He didn’t get it as bad as I did. But I, on the other hand, had a throat that was beyond swollen and no voice at all. I ended up having to go see a doctor yesterday, and found out I have tonsillitis. Fun times! I got a shot of antibiotics in my butt, and was sent on my way for only 14,000 won. (That’s about $13 Canadian.) Gotta love Korean health care! I don’t even have my full insurance yet! Then I went to the pharmacy to get my prescription filled. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the medicine in Korea, here’s what it comes in:
Nice and vacuum-sealed packets full of antibiotics, tylenol and other medicine that is supposed to make me feel better. So far it’s working, I guess – I’ve already taken two doses, and while my voice has returned, my stuffy nose and cough are worse. I have to go back and see him on Friday, let’s hope that I feel better by then.
This past weekend we were in Daejeon with Laura, our friend from Busan, and two of her friends Amanada and Dorrial. We showed them around Songchon-dong, and even took a walk through Dongchundang, where Bart was taking pictures of strawberries for a photography project. He put them on the trees for ‘a spot of colour’, then we left them there for the birds. Of course the Korean middle school girls all had to crowd around after to take pictures of what we’d left!
Then we ate at our favourite kimbap shop. It was so nice to have familiar food! I know, I know, I can get kimbap shop food anywhere. But honestly, the kimbap shop in Songchon-dong is beyond awesome. It’s so good, it’s worth stopping in when we go to Daejeon.
Then it was off to Dunsan-dong to go to the arcade (of course we did the 4D ride and the shooting range – I ALMOST got perfect), browsing through 501, convenience beers, and even a stop at Ethnic, the hookah bar.
We continued the night at Yellow Taxi for the return of the Man Wons! WOOOO! It was such a good show – lots of energy, dancing and good times. It was soooooo nice to see everyone again! I just wish I had taken more pics of people, but everyone was having such a good time, I didn’t really wanna pull out the camera too much.
Let’s hope that I’m better for this weekend. We’re going to try to have some Masan people over for a bit of a party because our roommates will be in Busan. I would love to invite Daejeon people, but we really have nowhere to house them at the moment, as our supervisor is still living with us. The situation is getting a little better, as we’re getting used to it, but we’re still looking forward to the day when we have this place all to ourselves.
Anyways, I think I’m gonna watch some Big Bang Theory and maybe fall asleep on the couch for an hour or so – getting up so early sucks! But I guess that’s what happens when you wake yourself up coughing.