Last Saturday I went to a jjimjjilbang (sauna) with Erica, Yijing and her boyfriend, and a girl from Yijing’s class. We pretty much spent the whole day there relaxing and having fun! Saunas in Korea are usually huge places with lots of fun things to do, and it’s very common for couples to go there, or for a whole family to go together and spend the day there. When you pay to get in, they give you a t-shirt, shorts, and two towels, plus your locker key for the changing room (of course there are separate changing rooms for males and females). The changing room however, is not just a changing room; there’s a huge area where they have lots of showers and various hot baths. You can also pay an extra fee to get a body massage or some kind of face mask/peeling thing. After showering and changing into the clothes they give you, you can go out to the area where everyone hangs out. The place we went to had some snack-stores, a restaurant, PC-room, a big game room (so much fun!!), a TV-area, rows of massage chairs, and of course many different kinds of small saunas. We bought something to drink, and then sat down to play cards for a while. Then we walked around to explore the place, realized there was a huge game room, and spent an hour or so playing various games. After that we just relaxed, tried different saunas, ate dinner etc.
Me and Erica made hats out of the towels (it’s a korean thing haha). I had so much fun - wanna go again soon!!
Other than that I went to Dongdaemun with one of my classmates the other day, just for looking around in the different markets there. Dongdaemun is honestly the most confusing place I’ve ever been to - especially inside the markets.. I probably wouldn’t have found my way out of there if I went alone..!
Two pictures I took as we walked by Insadong on our way there.
The lovely vending machine coffee in school, and a sign that’s funny because it has my name in big letters and then it says “parking lot” haha.
Earlier this week I had lunch with my classmates, before most of us went together to a coffeeshop nearby, to practice for the presentation we were gonna have on Friday. We could choose any topic, as long as we used as much of the grammar and words that we learned so far this semester. The performance went better than expected, and it was fun to see what the other groups had come up with as well!
Today I spent the day at Baiwei’s place again, watching movie together, eating yummy lunch and delicious dinner that his mom had prepared for us (I always eat way too much when I go to his place haha), walking around outside, playing games and studying a little. Somehow every time I go there, I meet strange people in the subway.. Today for example, there was this one guy who spoke korean in a strange dialect that I couldn’t understand (well either that, or he was just mumbling a lot), and he kept talking to me and I kept nodding even though I honestly didn’t understand much of what he was saying.. and just as I was gonna get off the train, he yelled “nuna~~!!!” (what guys in korea call girls who are older than them) and waved to me like crazy.. haha do I look that old?? obviously he was older than me.. oh well. Tomorrow I will study lots - final exams are in less than two weeks!!