Happy Lunar New Year!!
This year’s mini vacation turned out to be a 5-day weekend! Every year I say I am going to take a trip somewhere and see more of the world. And every year, I end up doing nothing. This year was no different 🙂 Five days would’ve been perfect for a mini trip to Hong Kong or Japan. But, I am moving on February 28th and my apartment looks like it was attacked by wolves.
I slept in & woke up to start cleaning my apartment. Outside of work, I am a lazy fuck so cleaning was pretty casual. I got rid of a lot of things since my new living pod in Seoul will not be able to contain everything. I stepped out to Eunhaengdong for a bit to get some cosmetics before returning home. Next, Asuncion, Gaz, and I went to Cheongju via taxi to visit Bob, Sunny, and the kids. The ride took about 40 minutes for $40. We hung out at Road King and had dinner at Monster Pizza. They played an impromptu show which blew everyone’s minds. The crowd in Cheongju was so respectful, I love it!
I boarded a 10am KTX and landed in Seoul around 11am. I was sick all throughout January so this trip was long overdue. I met up with Martha for some window shopping and street snacks. Our first stop was this super cool juice bar I’ve read about online. They have this little pegs that represent different fruits and vegetables. You pick three and they make the juice according to what you pick.
We walked around for a bit before settling into Myeongdong Gyoja for lunch. I’ve been wanting to eat these mandoos for so long! The food was glorious, as usual.
We tried to do more street shopping afterwards, but it was so windy and miserable. The Lotte Department Store was closed so we couldn’t take advantage of the free heating in there. We retreated to Forever 21 for a bit before settling into a cafe for desert. The pictures made it look so attractive. However, I’m not sure about the ice cream actually being real ice cream.
To further escape the cold, we went to see Kungfu Panda 3! I normally don’t watch cartoons in theaters, but this movie was good. Movies about chubby pandas are always a win in my book. After the movie, I picked up some take-out mandoo before heading to the station to go back to Daejeon.
I spent the day casually cleaning. I am more alert and ready to clean at night, so the first half day was very casual. I watched re-runs of Law & Order SVU in between cleaning breaks. I took a lot of stuff down to the recycling area in the basement. My goal is to move with as little as possible. Nothing was open so it was a good thing I had my take-out mandoo from Seoul.
Asuncion and I had plans to visit Cheongju one last time before Bob & Sunny left. We took a bus from Yuseong Station around 2pm and landed in Cheongju around 3pm. We somehow ended up at a jimjilbang, where we spent the majority of our time. The last time I went to a jimjilbang was in 2009, when I studied at Yonsei University. This jimjilbang was definitely not as fancy. The place was super crowded and noisy since people were probably dying to get out of the house after Lunar New Year. We grazed around and did nothing. It was nice just hanging out with the kids. After that, we went to Pizza Hut for dinner. I’m sad to see them leave, but I’m sure we’ll all see each other again very soon.
Again, I slept in. After getting back from Cheongju, I casually cleaned until about 4am. I had some more take-out mandoo for lunch. Since things were supposedly open again, I ventured out to the Daejeon Station area around dinner time. I went to the sketchy Vietnamese restaurant for some pho. I wanted to buy some ham from them, but they already cleared out their Lunar New Year display. I made a quick to Home Plus afterwards and was back at home by 9pm. I did some more casual cleaning before going to sleep.
Here I am, back in my classroom. I still have a lot of cleaning and packing to do. It will get done eventually. I will be leaving my job at Chungdahm April in exactly 15 days. I really think this is it. Daejeon is a nice place to live, but it also needs to come with the right job. Seoul is a great place to live and I now have a great job to go with it.
I am excited to move back to Seoul, but I know that once I am there, I will be working A LOT. I will need time to readjust and get used to everything again. Until then, back to finishing this 2-day work week and more packing/cleaning this weekend.