December 15, 2014
So I took a huge risk and got my hair cut in South Korea. AND WHAT A GREAT IDEA. Oh man it was amazing. So I went to Soonsiki in Hongdae and when I got there it’s a super classy place. Like wow high end stuff going on, but they speak English. So I put my name down and I have an hour to kill before they can take me. No problem.
While waiting Justine (who was there fore support) and I poked around and did a little shopping. Then we went back. When we got back they were surprised we came back a little early. Koreans run right on time or late, so early doesn’t quite compute. But we were seated and served food and hot chocolate as a free service. I wasn’t kidding when I said this place was top.
Then my stylist, Minam came over. I kinda freaked out because he was dressed in a suit and I thought he couldn’t possibly be a stylist, but he was. So he took me over to the chair after talking to me about what I wanted, and started trimming and cutting. We chatted a bit, and he was such a sweety. When he finished the dry cut it was time for the wash. The guy who washed my hair was even sweeter. So as I was sitting down I heard him mention something about a nose, and the two guys wanted to compliment me on my high nose bridge. What a weird experience. If you know me you know I am not a fan of my nose and think it’s too big, but Koreans seem to be fascinated by it. Lucky me?
Anyway as we’re washing my hair this new guy, (I want to say he said to call him Terry??? He was Chinese and trying to talk while washing my hair so it was hard to hear) he’s massaging my head and telling my to take care of my scalp because it’s oily and what a nice guy. He also had helped me put the gown on earlier and was super shocked at my height. Justine later commented on that saying they were both slightly amazed at the tall white girl. So after the wash we went to the chair again to dry and style. I had both guys on either side trying to dry my hair. I couldn’t hear much of what they were saying, but I think they were trying to figure out how I got my hair to color the way it did and what style I had. It was great. So my hair looked amazing and the whole ordeal cost me less than $30. I got discounts and you never tip in Korea. The only people that get tips are strippers, so it’s actually rude to tip. But I still felt weird about it. As a parting gift I got a hot pack and a little newspaper article from Minam and he escorted Justine and I out. What a guy. 10/10 would recommend and go back again.
After though…we got rained on. And I had no umbrella. So no nice pics yet. Give me a day~
I took the writing exam for KLI, and after that lovely seemingly too easy experience, I went to my Bible study.
After I went to BK thinking I was meeting friends there…but unfortunately soju was taking it’s toll so I had to go help one very sick friend get back to campus. It was an interesting end to the day to say the least.
December 16, 2014
Spencer and I hit Edae and Sinchon for a little shopping and lunch today. You can’t really practice for a listening exam, and reading exams are usually pretty straight forward. So we walked about in the freezing cold for a while, got some goodies, and headed back to campus.
After the reading and listening exams I went to what I thought was going to be my last day at Bible study. However, I will be going back on Saturday if only for a while…apparently the professor is preparing a farewell party for me, so now I kind of have to go. That’s alright though. I can get up early on Saturday and do packing, go out for a bit, and then just stay up later finishing. Or whatever packing is going to be like. I’m dreading it.
December 17, 2014
Oh man it’s the speaking exam today. Not happy about that one. We were told that there would be three parts: Q&A, role play, giving directions. Do you know how hard it is to do those? Instead of going out today I spent it reviewing most of the grammar and vocabulary for this test instead.
Come test time I’m freaking out about giving directions…only to find out we don’t need to do that. WAT. Oh man I was relieved. I messed up quite a bit, but not as badly as if I did have to give directions. After the exam it was dinner with the class! We went out for Indian food again since we all loved it so much last time. Then we got bingsu, went to karaoke, and then after that three of us went to drink. A lot if the class still had finals or papers to do, so they needed to wrap those up. I hung out with two guys and we went to meet up with some friends. Turned out I knew a few of them myself, so I was only moderately awkward. Mainly I stood out because these people were trashed. They were doing soju bombs (amaaaazing) and they had all been at it for a while. I had a drink and actually left to go meet up with other friends. Besides, I had big plans for tomorrow and wanted to be able to get moving.
December 18, 2014
I woke up and went solo to Insadong. I love that place and I totally wish I could go there more often…but I would wind up buying basically all the things which would not have been good haha. As it is I got a lot of shopping done, and after only an hour there I had to return to school because I ran out of money in my wallet. I had more in my room, but I didn’t think I would need so much. But there were so many good things! It was great.
We got our grades back in Korean today! I only did better on one section of the exam…all the others I dropped in. Oops. I mean the good news is I still received a good grade because of good vocab and attendance and all that. So not all was lost. Now I just need to wait until the 29th for the other grades.