Well I am finally here, I’ve been meaning to sit down and write this guest blog for a while now. The truth is I’ve been a little nervous about it, everyone that reads J’s blog raves about what a great writer she is, so I feel immense pressure to not suck.
I’ve been here for just a little over a day and I could write on any number of topics, like the sensory overload I’ve experienced as a result of excessive bright lights and a million things I’ve never smelled before, I could also write about the stares Joia and I get walking through the streets, the overly aggressive old people, the men in heeled shoes and shiny suits, the persistent cough everyone here seems to have, the gym equipment in the parks, and the list goes on. I now realize I may have to write several guest blogs.
But in the interest of a giving you a good laugh, I will write about my first authentic Korean dinner last night. Joia and I ate a Galbi place. Galbi is marinated pork or beef. We walked in, took our shoes off and the waitress escorted us to our seats. When I say seats, what I really mean is our spot on the wooden floor, where we were to sit Indian style at a table less than a foot off the ground.
Joia gave me a tutorial on how to use chopsticks yesterday, I'm pretty nice. I only dropped one thing on the floor, which isn't bad considering that I had a bowl of rice. For dinner we had Galbi of course, which is delicious. It was served with several side dishes, kimchi soup, egg soup, some kind of fried vegetable patty, rice, and last but not least, Korea's national dish, Kimchi. Kimchi is spicy fermented cabbage, of course I did not know that before I tried it. This is a picture from my first taste of Kimchi:
This by far the worse thing I have ever eaten in my entire life. If I took a pot of chittlins and pigfeet and put them in a pot they would smell and taste better than Kimichi. This is me trying to figure out where I could spit that mess out:
Aside from the kimchi, this was a great meal, we ate all that food and had a Coke for just 21,000 won. That probably sounds like a lot but its about the equivalent of $21.00. So that was pretty awesome.
If you'd like to see more pictures from my first day, you can view them here.
More adventures to come....