The girls ventured to Insadong, a neighborhood in Seoul that sells traditional Korean goods. We perused the shops for a bit and found refuge in a small coffee shop for a couple of hours. Then we did my favorite thing of the day, second to Taco Bell, of course. There is a completely English book store called, "What the Book" in the foreigner abundant neighborhood of Itaewon. I could have spent hours there. I love book stores-not because I'm a particularly avid reader. I like book stores the way I love watching the trailers when I go to the movies; except a bookstore offers an endless row of previews into what could or could not be the best book I've ever read. The possibility excites me, the pretty covers lure me, the idea of owning one thrills me.
Then we reached the pinnacle of the day. Yes, that flower tortilla filled with meaty goodness, mildly resemblant to low quality beef, topped with shredded lettuce and artificially flavored cheddar cheese sauce. It's hardly Mexican. Yet it's like crack to my taste buds! yUUmmmm! I think I said, "I'm so happy" at least 5 times during that meal.
Sunday I met a friend in Chuncheon and decided to try my hand at skiing. In all reality, it was very close to my first time skiing. I got the briefest skiing instruction from a friend a year and a half ago. That day only amounted to sliding down the slightest grade for a half day and I couldn't have really called it a hill or even skiing for that matter.
Sunday, again, I got the briefest instruction. This friend had me practice turns and stopping on a hill. So far so good. After a few tries on the beginner slopes, he convinced me that I was "ready" for the intermediate route. This might have been a tad premature. Lets just say that I found as I was rocketing down the slope that I hadn't quite perfected slowing or coming to a stop. I was, as this friend described, "a run away train." "Get out of the way children! Move children!" I could have prayed and probably should have, but instead, a stream of profanities ran through my head as I tried to find the clearest route, unobstructed by other skiers and snowboarders.
The irony is that earlier that day I had chuckled as I put on the most vibrant yellow ski pants and jacket. The guys at the ski shop probably sized me up immediately. "That's a novice, if I've ever seen one. Give her the neon caution suit, Park Min Choi." Now I thank those guys for giving me their most visible ski suit!
|"Pie, make a slice of pie! Big 'A,' Big 'A'! This isn't working!!"|
Somehow I made it to the bottom unscathed and managed not harm anyone else in the process either. I decided it was best to practice my stopping technique a few more times on the beginner route. With a bit more practice under my belt, I braved the intermediate route 3 more times. I was no Olympic skier, and I certainly didn't look graceful doing it, but I got to the bottom, lived to tell about it, and had a blast.
|I had actually pictured my end looking something like this|