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.