2 Canadians in Korea
I've been blogging a lot of facts and I feel I should say that some of it is copy pasted from books, the internet and the signs that I took pictures of at the tourist site itself.
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Saturday, April 12, 2008
The theatre wasn't the best venue I've been to. It reminded me of a cheap school theatre that didn't take comfort into consideration when it was being built. The seats were hard plastic and the back of the chair only went 3/4's of the way up my back (made for smaller people I guess) which wasn’t the recliner feeling I was hoping for.
The crowd was very involved and everyone cheered throughout the play. It made the crowds at NHL hockey games back home sound like nothing. Let’s just say that if they did the wave, everyone, and I mean everyone, except for a few foreigners, would have gotten up.
The play was really cool. There was no dialogue but lots of music and dancing. “B-boy” stands for break-dancer and that’s exactly what we saw, a lot of really amazing moves that told the story. Since you probably won’t see the play, in the end the Ballerina becomes a break-dancer to be with her man, any they live happily ever after.
The tickets were $40 Cnd each and were very easy to get (click here to see what I mean) since a friend of ours figured it all out for us. Thanks Ben!
Friday, April 11, 2008
The most famous has to be "Soju" which is South Korea's version of Vodka, in my opinion. Koreans usually drink this straight by the shot, and at an average of $1.00 Cnd per bottle at 20% alcohol, you could easily do some major damage with this stuff. We find it is best mixed with other fluids like juice or pop and although it isn't the best alcohol we've had, it is definitely the most cost efficient.
Beer or "Mek-ju" is probably the most popular drink here for foreigners and Angèle is even finding herself with no other choice but to drink beer. Hite, also known as "Shite" by foreigners, is our favorite, although it isn't that good of a beer, it will do the job while we are here. (that rhymed, unintentionally.) The most cost efficent for drinking at home is the 1600ml bottle which is $4.30 Cnd.
Drinking is very popular in South Korea, as it is in most countries, and it is very common for a group of men to go drinking after work while the wife takes care of the kids. We often see groups of men wandering around downtown drunk out of their minds by 9pm. If you are asked to go out for drinks after work, it is considered insulting to decline, so no one does. It would be hard to be a recovering alcoholic here.
Drinking at the table with friends in Korea is quite fun. You don't usually order anything for yourself, but everything is ordered as a group and you share. You never pour your own drink, even if you get a bottle or pitcher and start pouring for everyone else. Once you're done, someone will quickly take the pitcher from your hands, grab your glass and pour one for you. Koreans are very good at noticing when your glass is low and they quickly fill it up. It's sometimes hard to keep an empty glass! Restaurants or bars never split the bill. I'm sure they would if we asked but we just figure it out for ourselves.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
In Canada she would have been off the street in 2 minutes and would have received a 24 hour luxury stay at "hotel" jail. She might even have been charged with 'drunk and disorderly' or whatever that charge is. I don't know how this ended because I got bored and I had to go teach. I think they waited until she was sober and then went on their way.