Saturday, May 26, 2012

Everybody needs a little time away

Drew and I needed a break from each other today.  We’ve been in each other’s pockets for a week and a half, and as much as we love each other, we were starting to get snippy.  I have also discovered that Drew does quite a bit of talking in his sleep.  Last night’s was “Stop shaking it.  Don’t be such a baby,” followed by vigorous twitching of limbs and a high kick which launched the sheets up in the air an impressive distance.  Anyway, Drew’s out this evening with his friend Yeji hitting up Hongseong.

I went down to Yongsan and met up with Alex for lunch.  It was great to see him.  Before I left, I asked him if there was anything he wanted me to bring from home, and he requested Kraft Dinner and Flaming Hot Cheetoes.  They survived the trip (though I think the air pressure change in the plane poked a hole in one of the Cheetoes bags—Drew’s shirts smelled a bit like Cheetoes until we got a chance to do laundry), and I passed them along to Alex.  I got to meet Alex’s friend, Joyce, who is a fellow TaLK recruit and enviably fluent in Korean.  We ate at a burger joint in the food court of the giant Yongsan shopping complex and then wandered around.  We made our way to Dongdaemun where I parted ways with them and walked the length of Cheonggyecheon back to Koroot.  A relaxing, solitary evening wandering around the city was just what I needed to recharge.

Tomorrow I’m meeting my good friend Joon for coffee, and then meeting Amul at Seoul Station at midnight(!).  Amul will get a few hours to sleep, and then we’re off to Gyeongju for the next few days.