On Saturday (July 2nd, 2016) my host mom spent the day teaching me how to use the subway and showing me how to get to school (I would be starting classes at Sookmyung Women’s University on the fourth). My host mom told me she never uses the subway (because they own a car) so while she was showing me how to read the subway routes, she was also refreshing her own subway riding skills. The subway ride wasn’t bad at all, she really did help me figure out how to use the subway properly (I wasn’t paying too much attention to Tatum’s instructions during our survival in Korea mission). What did happen was that we got off a stop too early and my host mom was very confused on why we couldn’t find the university on the map of the surrounding area. She then asked a couple about directions to the university which is when we realized her mistake. It was very funny as we both laughed while walking into the next train pulling in.
When we got to the street that the university was on, we walked all the way up to the front of the school and then immediately walked back down the street to find a place to eat lunch.
My host mom asked this couple (a common trend) for what was good in the area. They told us about the place they were going to and we followed them to the restaurant. It was called Best Friends and it was the cutest restaurant I have ever been to.
The restaurant was decked out in Hello Kitty Memorabilia. There was a giant Hello Kitty stuffed animal sitting on one of the couches. There were shelves of Hello Kitty products like tea cups, a microwave, fans, and even toilet paper printed with Hello Kitty faces. The food there was very delicious as well. My host mom and I ordered this cheese Ddubokki set (치즈 떡볶이). It had Ddubokki, (Spicy Korean rice cakes) fish cakes, ramen, another type of noodle, mandu, (Korean dumplings) and lots and lots of cheese.
It was very spicy but we were also given a free box of peace juice known as 쿨피스. My host mom told me that Koreans drink this drink a lot when they eat spicy food. I told her that most people in America drink milk (at least I do).
The day was super fun and I really enjoyed having a lunch with my host mom. It really allowed us to bond before life would get crazy for the both of us (I would be going to school and she would be going back to work). It was definitely one of my favorite days of the program so far and I can’t wait to make more memories with my host mom and other family members in the weeks to come.
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- 엠마 (Emma)