5:30pm - Last night I went out with a friend from the International Center. We started the evening shopping in downtown Gwangju. I had high hopes, but I couldn't find anything cute (that I couldn't find in the US). The whole time my friend kept saying how "cute" things were. I think that "cute" meant pink. There is a lot of pink in Korea. Some of the stuff was fun, but I really wanted a cool bobble head, and I didn't find it. I'm going to keep looking though!
8:00 pm - After our shopping excursions, we decided to have dinner. I suggested noodles, thinking we'd be served a bowl of tasty noodles. I was wrong. We went and had a meal where you are brought a pot of boiling soup. You then add thinly sliced beef into the pot and cook it that way. So you eat all of the greens, mushrooms (bleck) and beef. Then the adjumma (little old Korean lady) would come and plop noodles into the pot. We let them cook, then ate them. Then they took the pot away and brought it back with rice in it. It was all really good, even the mushrooms, but it was a lot of food.
9:30pm - After dinner we met another friend at a coffee shop that stayed open late. We hung out there for a few hours talking about boys, Korean culture, fashion, and life. It was good to talk with them, and I learned a lot about Korea. We finally decided it was late enough to go check out the club.
11:00 pm - When we walked by, it wasn't crowded enough to begin dancing, so we headed to a bar called the "Speakeasy". Which is a popular ex-patriot bar in Gwangju. It was good to have a few decent beers, not the watered down kind that are traditional to Korea. But the people watching was the best! Ex-patriots are an interesting group of people.
1:00am - We abandoned the Speakeasy and headed to the Bubble Bar (which I think it a misnomer since there were no bubbles to be found). It was a dance club, and boy did we ever dance! The music was all American, and it was crowded. Even here, it was clear that there was quite a difference how ex-patriots dance, and how Korean's dance. They are a little more modest in their dancing, and quite embarrassed by couples dancing all up on each other.
3:00 am - Since I am much older than the two friends I was with, I had to call it a night about 3:00am. The bars don't close until like 5 or 6am, but I couldn't handle that. We grabbed a taxi and headed back to the dorm. I exited the taxi only to realize that I had been let out at the opposite end of campus that I needed to be. I hauled it back to the dorm and arrived about 3:30 only to realize that my code wasn't opening the door. Luckily there were about 4 other girls coming in at the same time as me, so I was able to get in.
10:00am - Woke up and feeling fine thanks to ear plugs. My mom was able to get up and be noisy and I was able to sleep. Why hadn't I thought of using earplugs before?
Next blog post will be more random facts about Korea. There might be a few more posts this week, as I'm wrapping up my time in Korea and getting ready for Thailand!