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Trip Start Oct 12, 2012
Trip End Oct 14, 2012

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Friday, October 12, 2012

All day on Friday I was antsy. I couldn't wait to be out of school and on my way and my classes were mixed out of order so it was putting me off my guard. I taught four of my classes and when it was time for seventh period, my class just didn't show up. I let go a sigh of relief and took this as a good omen for the easy weekend ahead. As the bell rang I started to pack my things up to go home. Friday doesn't have an eighth period class, so I was planning on sneaking out a little bit early so I could get on my way and start my weekend travels to the Lantern Festival. Just as I was sliding my laptop into my bag a boy came into my classroom and sat down. And then another. And another. Oh no! This was my seventh period class, finally showing up. 
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. But before too long it was over and I was rushing towards my apartment. I hurried through getting ready, quickly tossing my stuff into my backpack and rushing out the door to catch the bus. I took the bus from Shin Pyeong to Dangjin, and then went to the ticket window to buy my ticket to go to Daejon. I would be meeting a group of Native English Teachers in Daejon and we would be meeting our tour group to go to Jinju on Saturday morning.
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.
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Carlo on

Sulking over ice cream? Adorable image. ;)

Yeah, the rooms in that place look quite... adventurous! Still, hooray! for meeting up with peeps, for Mexican food and for RUM! :D

Benny on

Of all of the kinds of chain places I would expect in South Korea, for some reasons Baskin Robins would not have come to mind. I'm glad you found a space to crash in the end!

Mom on

I have the picture in my mind of you sitting on a bench, eating your ice cream cone and waiting for your bus. I love that you also found Mexican food in Korea! Cruncying on clip & salsa and drinking rum. Life doesn't get much better - except when we're all doing it together :)

Mom on

I just noticed the typos in my post - honest, I haven't had too much rum tonight!

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