Thursday, 19 November 2009

Plus ça change

Just so you know, I ate cheerios with chocolate sauce for breakfast, and listened to girly folky country music. Then I was late for work. Just so you know some things never change.

So I thought I should do some kind of update on the last almost two months, so here are the highlights from October.

Busan is the second (or third. Damn you Incheon!) city of Korea, and we went to see the fireworks extravaganza they had to celebrate the end of their international film festival. This was the second time I've been to Busan with the intention of meeting up with other people who went on a different train, and the second time I've failed. It seems to be a black hole where fun things happen and people get very lost. Luckily, we were quite the merry troop on our own, and all the stress of getting from the train station to the beach melted away immediately that the first rockets went up. We'd spent a good couple of hours fighting through the biggest crowd I've ever been in, and settled for a slightly blocked view, but within about 10 seconds we all looked at each other and acknowledged that it had absolutely been worth it. There were all kinds of new fancy fireworks I've never seen, and tons that were just plain bigger than anything I've seen before. Definitely some very pretty bombs.

Of course that was only the beginning of a stupendous night out that included standing in the sea, having our photos taken with three little Korean girls who were very excited to speak some English, being told repeatedly by the barmaid in a soju hof that we were all 'very cute-uh' and 'sexygirl' (it definitely sounded like one word when she said it), hanging out with some Korean students (who thought I was younger than I am....oh Korea, thank you), and running to catch the first train back to Daegu 5am. Good times indeed.

Fish feet One of our post-Korean class wanderings included a trip to a very unusual cafe in Daegu where you can stick your feet in a fish tank. And the little fishies eat the dead skin off your feet. The cafe itself is a lovely place to chill out (even if the only English language book was 'Eats Shoots and Leaves') and the non-lactose-intolerant among us tucked into the all-you-can-eat supplies of toast and other baked goods. The fish thing is quite a strange sensation, and you could definitely feel when one of the bigger ones was chomping away at your foot. Overall, it was ticklish and funny, if rather ineffective at making your feet soft or lovely. Later that night I had a kettle thrown at my head by an angry English hooligan type. It was quite an eventful day.

Halloween was as ridiculous as I thought it might be. Every foreigner in town gets dressed up, and the Koreans stare at this bizarre activity. On the 5 minute walk from the subway station, we got four 'wow!'s and one 'assah!' (a Korean exclamation – means something like 'woop'). I think this had very little to do with my somewhat homemade 'zombie climber' outfit, and more to do with the 'goth from clockwork orange' and 'hamburgler' I went out with. It took a good bit of chat with fellow revellers (and looking through facebook albums!) in the next few days to put together the whole night because we kept running between places and chatting with, well, with everyone. Suffice to say, it was awesome and crazy in the best way.

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