Time is running out. Please stop saying, "Yeah, we will have to do that some weekend." I have exactly 6 weekends left in Korea and each is pretty much full from 8pm on Friday until late Sunday afternoon. I am lucky in that many of my friends in Korea are also leaving close to my departure date. We are all in a rush to eat lots of kimchi, find Psy socks to bring home and most importantly soak up each others awesomeness before we depart for homes scattered all over the globe. And oh yeah, I still have to find the confidence to make a jjimjilbang date. Umm, a little help please?
So, here is my list. I believe if I write it, it will happen. Isn't that how the saying goes? Please comment with other things I must do, see, taste, try or buy before I leave this fantastic country I have loved calling home.
I hope to...
1) Tour the MOCA. I recently learned that Seoul's National Museum of Contemporary Art offers free admission for select exhibits on the 4th weekend of each month. See you there?
2) Have one more epic weekend adventure with my favorite SHG guide. If you are moving to Korea or are here already I strongly suggest you check them out. But only if you like to have fun. Otherwise, forget I mentioned it.
3) Stock up on my favorite Korean cosmetics. Great timing Sheryll, I was getting worried I would leave before you shared this.
4) Finally suck it up, strip down and visit a jjimjilbang. If this story doesn't make you want to visit one, I'm sorry.
5) Get lost at the Korean War Memorial and Museum for an entire day. I am proud to say I am related to the late Captain Joseph McConnell Jr. who was a leading jet ace of the Korean War. I hope to learn more about him and the war.
6) Norebang with my favorite girlfriends in Uijeongbu one last time. The first night my friend voluntarily put on Call Me Maybe I knew I was going to be just fine in Korea.
7) Pretend to know something about electronics and peruse the Yongsan Electronics Market.
8) Stuff my face with one (or two?) Casablanca Moroccan chicken sandwiches. I visited HBC a few weeks ago and almost cried (like real tears) when I found the storefront dark and closed for renovations. A Twitter friend swears they are reopening before I leave. She better not be throwing fake promises around the Internet. You know who you are, and I know your Twitter handle.
9) Finally make it to a Hongdae Silent Disco. Check it out.
10) Dress super classy and do it up Korea Style.
11) Successfully order takeout to my apartment.
12) Not go overboard, but add a few more key pieces to my arsenal of Korean fashion. I can't help myself, I WANT EVERYTHING.
13) You tell me.
I have a lot to do, but I am grateful to spend these next weekends with friends who have kicked it with me in Korea for the past 11 months and have put up with me and my geeky love of planning. Last week we had an early Saturday morning outing scheduled and more sites to see in the afternoon. Friday night rolled around and we found ourselves at a favorite local bar enjoying cheap drinks, stories of teaching mishaps, college card games and a few sloppy rounds of darts. As you can guess, we didn't make it to bed until the early morning and our plans were scratched in exchange for recovery rest. My Saturday was spent sleeping and Sunday was also quiet with a friendly coffee shop session and a long walk in the evening. Our lazy weekend meant I had to rearrange my planner notes, but I promise, no one is freaking out.
I am impressed with my long list of Korean adventures accomplished in the past year, but just like "감사합니다" and "안녕하세요" will disappear from my daily routine come March, so will my friends who quickly became family in early 2012. So please, recommend your 'Korea must-do-see-taste-try-buy' item for my list, but if my friends aren't down then I may give it a miss.
Devan Meserve, a New Hampshire native and St. Lawrence University alum, decided that after two successful post college years living and working in Boston she was primed for exploration beyond the East Coast. With encouragement from friends and family and Aclipse’s expert advice she landed an instructor position with Chungdahm April English. Devan is loving life in Uijeongbu: she is continuously impressed and entertained by her young students and spends her free time following Anthony Bourdain’s advice, “I’m a big believer in improvising and getting lost.”
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