Further proof that I live in the middle of nowhere: McDonald’s won’t deliver to me. Even though there is a new one near Dankook University. They just don’t understand where I live. No one understands. I called the Korean tourism hotline for information about a bus route near my apartment, and she swore up and down that Cheongdeok doesn’t exist. Even though I live and teach here. Story of my life.
Why am I even talking about how I want to eat McDonald’s anyway? What is it about McDonald’s in Korea that is completely irresistible? Winter is turning me into a hibernating bear that only wants to eat chocolate and burgers all day. And I’ve still somehow managed to lose 6 pounds. Not sure how that’s possible…. As I sit on my couch, drinking a beer and eating leftover Pepero from Pepero Day.
As I’m sure you know already, it’s pretty much winter in Korea. It snowed in Seoul last night. I’m not ready! I don’t even have a proper winter coat. Or gloves. Or earmuffs. Or the heat packs my students keep throwing at each other. This weekend Johnny and I are going on a mission to finally get everything we need to survive this winter: coats, long johns, fleece tights for me, heaters and/or electric blankets, and TONS of food. I’m also going to hit up the cosmetic stores for some nail polish, hand lotion, body wash, and anything else I see. I randomly have an extra fridge, and I’m going to Costo this weekend to stock up on food and liquor. Since I’ll be spending roughly 94% of my time in my apartment this winter, I’m working on making my apartment as cozy, warm, and inviting as possible. I’m going to get some Christmas lights, candles, extra blankets. I’ve downloaded movies, and all 6 seasons of Fresh Prince of Bel Air. I also want to make a mini bar in my apartment. That’s the true key to survival. Mini bars and Christmas lights.
Last week, I got sick for the first time in Korea. Just a minor cold, but enough to keep me in bed all last weekend. I consider that a success, and partially attribute it to the fact that I work with middle school kids who never touch me. Johnny’s been sick way more frequently, and he works in an elementary school. Another check mark in the YES column for middle school!
My birthday is in about 2 and a half weeks! I can’t believe it. I was in Paris for my birthday last year, and this year I’ll be celebrating in Seoul with my friends and massive amounts of wine and champagne. Classy bitches! One of my students also asked me what kind of cake I like….if my students actually get me a cake, I may cry. They’re my sweethearts!
In other random news, I found out that I’ve become allergic to rice. Can you believe that? Allergic to rice! I noticed a couple of weeks ago that everyday after lunch I’d feel miserable. Bloated, gross, and it just felt like I wasn’t digesting my food properly at all. Apparently it happens when people who don’t eat a lot of rice, start to eat tons of rice, and they build up a toxicity to it, and stop digesting it correctly. As a result, I had to cancel my school lunches, which is a good and bad thing. It’s a GREAT thing because now I can eat whatever I want, and it’s bad because it’s much more expensive to buy extra food for my lunches everyday. It’s also bad because WTF I’m allergic to rice?! I told my students and they looked at me like I sprouted a tail.
Also, if you are looking for delicious tea, Shinsegae sells Nina’s Paris tea. I bought the flavors Hepburn, which is orange, chocolate and creme, and Je t’aime, which is vanilla and caramel. They are both incredible and really comforting. Coffee makes me feel like I want to die, so tea and I are sweet besties. I love to buy macarons from my favorite cafe in Jukjeon and eat them with my tea for dessert.
This weekend is going to be filled with delicious food, new cafes, shopping, and the GSP fight. Johnny and I are waking up early and making the trek to Itaewon early Sunday morning to watch the fight live. GSP is my favorite fighter, so I wouldn’t miss it for the world!
This post is a big clusterfuck of random shit, but…yea. It’s what I felt like talking about today. WERK!