Another scholarship! and karaoke

Trip Start Jun 19, 2008
Trip End Sep 04, 2008

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Hey hey hey!  I won yet another scholarship- this time from the Korean Embassy!  Apparently I am among the 110 outstanding Korean undergraduate/graduate students in the U.S. and Canada.  I should really start applying for more scholarships.  I just felt like I have not done enough to deserve a prestigious scholarship like this.

Yesterday I finished my second religion paper on the different uses of religious discourse in the West and the East.  I went to lunch with one of the girls from the program, and we totally bonded over mutual issues.  She wants to take American Sign Language (ASL) classes at Columbia.  I have wanted to become better at ASL for a while, but the classes are limited and expensive.  I wish my university offered ASL as a foreign language.  The University of Chicago does, which really appealed to me, but of course I chose my university over UChicago for several other factors, like social life for one.  When a group of us were hanging out under the bridge 2 days ago, a lady came to us with a bundle of bead keychains.  It reminded me of the Egyptian kids in Dahab, except she was selling the keychains for 5 ytl, not 5 EGP.  She turned out to be completely deaf.  When I tried to communicate with her in sign language, she took out her cell phone and texted that she is Ukranian.  I guess ASL is not a universal language among the hearing impaired.  She gave me a really cute blue keychain as a gift!  It has a turtle and evil eye charm.  Yay!

Back to last night.  I finished the paper and passed out until 7:30 pm-ish when other people got back from dinner.  We went to Klub Karaoke in Beyoglu.  According to one of the girls, the club website said the cover was 25 ytl/person (+ 1 free drink) and the happy hour was between 7 and 9.  But once we got there, we found the place pretty empty, no cover fee, and the karaoke was completely free!  We just had a blast singing our hearts out- the DJ played all of the songs we requested and more.  We are definitely going back to this place...  Then I hung out with my buddy from Uzbekistan (whom we call Stan because my friends cannot remember or say his name correctly).  Uzbekistan is a country in Central Asia, one of the only two double-landlocked countries in the world.  Many Central Asians look half Asian, half white, which is verrry attractive.  I have never met someone from that region and know minimal about it, so his stories fascinate me!  For instance, only men go grocery shopping in Uzbekistan.  When we went grocery shopping together, he carried the basket and picked out fruits for me!  Meeting people from such different parts of the world has made me realize how previleged yet so ignorant I am.  I am also very Americanized according to these people.  Well, I just received two Korean scholarships, so boo ya!
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