On my way back to Seoul on Sunday, I realized I was down to the last dollar on my pre-paid phone. So after class on Monday, I went to the store outside the apartment to buy more minutes only to be told that my subscription had ended. However, I had talked to a representative on the phone a week before who had told me that the subscription was valid until September. Unfortunately, the man working there was not very friendly and told me I had to apply to extend my subscription in the Sinchon store since the Mapo store didn’t have that service. Extremely annoyed, I ended up drowning my frustrations in blue hair dye and nail polish. I don’t know why I thought that trying to streak my own hair navy blue by myself was a good idea, but I ended up doing so nonetheless. However, since my hair is extremely resilient, the dye didn’t seem to take so I decided to go ahead and use up the rest of the dye the next day . . . I suppose the upside is that my hair no longer looks brown because of the sun ^^;;
Tuesday, I was on my way out the door when my host sister decided to apply a temporary tattoo to my arm, probably because I had tried to look good since my host mom and I were FINALLY going to CoEx, the largest underground mall in the world. Even though there wasn’t an exhibition that day, it was still cool to be able to look around a mall that was somewhat similar to American malls . . . No claustrophobic “department” organization or employees following you around! After she was finished with classes, my host sister met us there and the three of us went to Sinchon to resolve the issue with my phone: yes, there were only two weeks left, but that’s why having a phone is that much more important! Fortunately, the people at that store were much more helpful and friendly, and I ended up just having to sign a paper and pay for more minutes . . . A happy ending I must say!
Wednesday, I had made plans to meet another former exchange student at Tech after class, but since she didn’t have a phone number I could call, I had to wait for her to contact me. Unfortunately, she never called, so I ended up attempting to occupy myself with some homework. Thanks to the stifling heat and humidity, however, my computer overheated way too quickly to accomplish anything (all of my homework involved the use of my computer) so any attempt to be productive was rendered useless. And so, I spent a pretty boring and uneventful Wednesday at home
My last day of classes was supposed to be a long one . . . Normally, my Thursday classes began at nine in the morning and I had to stay on campus until my second class in the afternoon concluded at three, but I was supposed to meet with my friend to work on our group paper until seven. Since I had a break between eleven and one, I took the opportunity to have lunch one last time with my Yonsei mentor. I’m glad that worked out, since he’s one of three good friends I had made at Yonsei and that may have been the last time I could see him . . . I don’t like saying goodbyes ^^;;
As for the rest of my plans, however, things weren’t as successful. My partner ended up having other things to do, so he canceled on me and we set up a time to meet the next day. Since my plans had fell through the day before, being canceled on didn’t put me in a very good mood. To make matters worse, I had woken up late that morning and had to lug my computer and text books to class in order to work on this project. (Note to self: disregard Korean standards and use a backpack if you’re carrying more than five pounds . . . your shoulders will thank you.) So, feeling a bit rejected and in an overall bad mood, I decided to take a walk along the Han-gang to take pictures and spend some time alone. However, this is Seoul, so it’s impossible to be alone. Therefore, although I had tried to find an isolated corner to jump rope to burn off some negative energy, I found myself being stared at by random bikers and senior citizens using the low-impact exercise equipment. Normally, I think Americans would either ignore me or say something to me if they thought what I was doing was interesting (I used to be on a competitive jump rope team in middle school), but these people just stopped and stared . . . and stared some more. It was extremely awkward, so instead of dispelling my bad mood, it was only aggravated under the uncomfortable scrutiny.
The next day, my partner ended up canceling on me again, so my day started to look like another failure. However, my oldest host sister needed some help translating a contract of some sort from English to Korean, so she asked me to come visit her in Jincheon. Since Jincheon is a city about an hour and a half from Seoul, I would just spend the night at her apartment and we’d return to Seoul together the next day. Since this weekend was the last time I’d be able to spend time with her, it was really nice to be able to hang out with her one-on-one . . . After I helped her sort through the extremely convoluted contents of the contract, we went out to eat pizza and visited some street shops before going to her apartment to catch the opening ceremonies for the World Cup . . . I ended up falling asleep during the South Africa/Mexico game. ^^;;
After we arrived in Seoul and had dinner, my host family had a goodbye party for me. They were so sweet- they bought a chocolate cake in the shape of a soccer jersey with PARK Ji Sung’s number and strategically placed candles that spelled “I love you” on top of it . . . They even ended up moving the captain’s band in front of the “7” to recreate my soccer number, 17! After singing “happy birthday” since they didn’t know what else to sing (I don’t blame them), we more or less decimated the cake while we watched South Korea cream Greece 2:0… Although I thought my host family was loud when PARK Ji Sung scored the second goal, I could hear horns honking and people screaming outside for a couple hours after the game ended!
Thanks to the World Cup, I think I can say my somewhat disappointing week turned out alright . . . There is definitely a reason why I love that sport! ^^