This weekend I’m going on a trip with a Korean excursion company. I’m doing a river trek and temple stay. I can’t wait. Since I rekon I’ll get dirty at some point in the hike, I went shopping for some pants with my Korean friend Rachelle yesterday in the department store above the subway station by my house. I didn’t find the pants I was looking for but I got some jeans, a turtleneck (ideal for teaching, I think) and a t-shirt from a designer I’d been wanting since I first saw them here. No hiking pants though. We’re going to go try another area of town tomorrow.
The difference in eastern and western bodies is pretty apparent when you’re a big dude like me and you’re trying to find shirts. Even an XL long sleeve shirt was short on the arms and super tight on the torso. Pants were easier since it’s all measurements are somewhat standardized, but shirts? Woooeeee! And don’t even get me started on getting shoes! Just for kicks I went to the shoe store, took off my shoes and pointed at my foot. The guy looked at just laughed. For that kind of stuff I’ll need to go to Itaewon (the foreigner area of Seoul I mentioned last weekend).
So the kids at my school are having midterm exams for the next three days. That means that I need to be at school, but I don’t do anything. Today I finally finished reading Pirate’s Dilemma, tomorrow I tackle Desolation Angels. I even got sent home after lunch! Work for me.