Turns out I had to work on Saturday. Though I shouldn’t really call it work, I had to be at the school for 8am. At my school, every second Saturday is Club Day. This means that kids have to be at school until noon participating in club activities. I ended up playing badminton with some boys. It was a good time. After that I went to Seoul for more adventuring with Lorne and Julia and we were joined by Julia’s Korean friend Rachel for the day. So that was another fun, though a bit exhausting, day.
Today, after a good night’s rest, I tried tackling my laundry. I heard some washing machines in Korea have a washer built in, but from what Lorne says, it stretches clothes. I had no idea if my machine had that feature, so I spent a little while online trying to find a translation or at least a manual for my machine, but to no avail. I was also looking for instruction. I was a bit concerned that I’d activate the “genetic algorithm” on the machine and it would start shooting radiation or something, modifying my genetic code. In the end, I just loaded my stuff in, threw some soap where I’d figure it should go, tried to interpret the drawings and crossed my fingers.
After an hour or so (European and apparently Korean washing machines take around an hour as opposed to the North American machines that take about 30 minutes), my clothes came out clean. Mission accomplished! I’ve got clean underwear again!
I mentioned a few posts ago that the shower and the washing machine use drains in the floor. I had forgotten about this when I started my wash. For a split second, I started freaking out when the water from the wash started flowing on the floor.
Oh! And good news. I made a friend yesterday. On the bus back to my place from Seoul, Rachel asked around to see if anyone was getting off in my neighbourhood. Since it was my fisrt time on this bus, I would have gotten lost without someone holding my hand and telling me when to get off. Turns out there was a girl who lives in the huge apartments by my bus stop. We chatted on the way home and I’m going to help her out with her English and she’s going to try to make me sound not retarded when I try to speak Korean. Win-win!