Free at last!
Trip Start Oct 12, 2012
3Trip End Oct 14, 2012
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I tried to put on a good face, giving them the energy and attention that they deserved, but we were all pretty much done with being at school for the day and class was a struggle for both me and my students
I went up to place my ticket order, intending on catching the 6:00 bus (it was only 5:40 after all), but came to find out it was sold out. I sullenly got my ticket for the 7:00 and went across the street to the Baskin Robins to eat an ice cream cone and wait for my bus. Eventually I was on my way, on the bus, in a cab, and headed to meet up with the group.
They were stationed at a place called The Cantina for the evening. It wasn't particularly easy for my Taxi driver to find, but eventually he did. I rushed up the four flights of stairs and met up with my group. We laughed, we drank, and we ate more Mexican food than I would like to admit to. And the food was gooooood. I shared Doris' quesadilla and filled up on chips and salsa. On top of that, this bar had rum! We chatted and crunched on chips until around midnight when we decided it would be best if we headed out. We all had an early morning after all.
Out into the streets we went, and we started to circle around, looking for cheap accommodations. We weren't having a whole lot of luck when I happened to see a pair of unfamiliar faces on the street. Waygooks, like us. Being a little tipsy and more than a little tired I just started to talk to them loudly and for some strange reason they decided to help us find somewhere to stay. They lived in Daejon and were familiar with the area, so they were good guides. One guy said he knew of a place nearby (not near enough) and lead us off into the night. Unfortunately "nearby" was more like a 15 minute walk, but eventually we got to a place to stay. We were deposited at a "Love Hotel", which honestly isn't as provocative as it may seem. Love Hotels are basically just cheap places to stay in Korea, and not much more. The boys and girls split up and each took a room. The walls were a bit grungy and the bathroom had seen better days, but it was a place to stay. All we really needed was a bed and a roof, and this fit the bill.