Wowee! I just had a terrific weekend. On Friday, it was my good Korean friend Se-Jun’s birthday. A bunch of us went to Seoul met up with him and celebrate. We went to a bar called SKA1 (or SK@ as I think they spell it) for drinks and mingling. SK@1 is a funny place. Imagine your buddy’s basement if your buddy doesn’t really like cleaning up because he claims he’s going for a rustic look and add 10 000won cover (with a free drink) and you’ll get the idea. It’s also great because the owner, or just an employee, is super flamboyant and will often dance around to Madonna songs, making the place that much livelier. It’s small, but it’s fun.
So we went there for a while and I eventually met up with two other friends that didn’t know Se-Jun, one from my neighborhood in Suwon and one from the last weekend. At around 12, Se-Jun called it a night and went home (I’m sure the reason is obvious). My two friends and I went for more drinks and eventually ended up in a Norebang (karaoke) with these two Koreans girls my Korean friend invited to come with us. We sang for about an hour until we decided to get some sleep. Here’s a question to see if you’ve been paying attention. Where do you sleep in Korea for under 10 000won? If you said SPA, you’re right! We cabbed it to a SPA near Youngsan station (still in Seoul) and spent the night there. We got up after our amazing 4 hours of sleep on heated floor and went our separate ways.
On Saturday night, I went back to Seoul to meet up with a guy I met through Couchsurfing and would be sleeping at my house on Sunday night. It was first time hosting someone on Couchsurfing. Couchsurfing is a website that matches travellers with people looking for a place to sleep. It’s free and it’s a good way to meet new people. So I met up with him and oddly enough, while we were planning his stay at my place, he told me he was going to ski on Sunday. I asked if I could come and he gave me the organizer’s information.
So on Saturday night me and my new temporary roommate slept in a Korean SPA because on Sunday morning, at 5:50am, we were heading to a ski resort. Like I said, Couchsurfing is a great way to meet new people in your area, even if you don’t plan to host anyone! So we got an amazing 4 hours of sleep on the floor at the SPA in a room no bigger than most Western bathrooms and packed with 7 Korean men. It was worth the hassle though (and horrible night’s sleep). Sunday was great. My second time skiing in Korea, and based on the lack of snow, possibly my last. I’ll be reviewing the ski resort soon.
After a good day of skiing, I capped off my weekend with a few drinks at the bar by my house with the three people I had seen naked that weekend.
Today, I’m tired and still coming down from an amazing weekend.