Rose Ice Cream, Myeongdong 맛집, and Dongdaemun Night Market {10/20/18} NSLI-Y Korea AY

10/20/18 Saturday

Since coming to Korea, I’ve done a really good job at budgeting money {unlike my time here in the summer… we will leave it at that.} I have been able to make all the stipend handouts last two weeks, and I haven’t used any of the money I saved up from working a part-time job all summer yet. So I decided to treat myself this lovely Saturday afternoon by going shopping with Kaitlyn. In specific, I wanted to go to this shop called 6ixty 8eight because I knew their stuff was cute and affordable from watching YouTube videos on it. And so we did~ They were having a sale on summer clothing so Kaitlyn went crazy with that while I was really set on buying a sweater or cardigan. I ended up buying this really pretty mustard yellow/gold sweater and a striped summer dress since it was more than 50% off. It was a good day of shopping I would say. I spent under $35 so don’t come for me !!! We also went to H&M to see if I could find a fall coat that I like {My winter coat is too heavy and large for the current weather.} but alas I wasn’t mentally prepared to be able to spend all that money… yikes. (It got cold pretty quickly though so high key happy I did not buy another coat!)

After Kaitlyn and I shopped around for a bit, we planned to meet Josh at this famous traditional Korean restaurant called 명동교자. We wound up stumbling upon two of their locations while shopping and let Josh know which one had the shorter line. The line went out the door but the wait actually went by pretty quickly as the staff working there were really good at serving food and cleaning up tables before you’ve even gotten up from your seat!!

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We ended up ordering the traditional noodle dish they served (갈국수–Wheat Noodle Soup) as well as 비빔국수(Spicy Noodles) and an order of 만두 (Dumplings). I definitely have to come back and eat there again; the food was just too good not to come back! Kaitlyn, Josh, and I stuffed our faces and had great conversation. We talked about so many things and I truly really enjoy spending time with the two of them. We never run out of things to say {or eat apparently…} The moment that Josh put his chopsticks down and swallowed his last mouthful of the spicy noodles, one of the ladies working swoops in and starts clearing our table before we’ve had a chance to eat our mint/gum things. {You swallow it as if it was a mint but you chew it while it’s in your mouth…like gum.}

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Our lunch spread!~

We should have been done eating for the next few hours {or maybe days!!!} but we decided to check some cool ice cream off of our bucket list: rose shaped ice cream & honeycomb ice cream. I was being cheap and bought the discounted cone which was strawberry and yogurt ice cream. Though they also have versions with chocolate and green tea ice cream and some have three flavors rather than two. Josh and Kaitlyn, on the other hand, got honey comb ice cream which was just vanilla soft serve in a cup drizzled with honey and a physical honey comb piece. Both were okay but definitely made more for the aesthetic than the taste. Many convenience store ice creams taste better in my opinion. We walked over to the famous cathedral and enjoyed our ice cream in front of the beautiful architecture and autumn foliage. This Korean man walked right up to Josh and just stood there for a good 10 seconds. Then, he said “pretty.” He said it one more time before turning to me and saying it once again: “pretty” {in Korean of course.} I mumbled out a thank you and he replied with “Your Korean is so good.” At that time we all bowed to him and ran off in a laughing fit. That was a really weird encounter.

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I came home a bit before 4 pm and chilled in my room—studying— until all my host family came home. We planned to go to a night market in 동대문 along that the 청계천stream.

The night market was more modern than I imagined. For some reason, I thought we were going to a traditional market sort of place like 남대문시장 or 연시내시장. Along the stream were little stalls selling mostly crafty things: handmade jewelry, bags, dog accessories, caricatures, stationery, trinkets, etc. on the other side of the road we’re street vendors but not like the ones you see selling street food around 홍대 or 명동. These were full on food trucks with security and line attendees to take the orders and relay them back to the cooks.

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Massive Food Trucks

For dinner, we had some spicy chicken on a stick and beef sushi {what it sounds like, steak pieces laid upon rice}. It was all very delicious. We ate on some steps while enjoying a street performance. Later, my host sister made some really pretty clip-on earrings at this stall. As service, the woman running it allowed my host mom to also make a bracelet. She decided that she would give it to me~ I ended up receiving a black rubber bracelet with a black and gold charm with a letter E on it. It was such a nice gesture and I will definitely wear it often.

We also stopped by a book store for around an hour. We all picked up some books and read them in this seating area. I looked at this poetry book that my host mother showed me, and I have decided that I really want to be able to read this book! I was able to understand some sentences here and there (and looking back at the screenshots I took, I understand more now than I did back then!) which made me feel more confident. I will definitely buy this book soon!

We got home pretty late and because I was so exhausted from a busy day, I basically went right to sleep.

That’s all for this blog post! Did you enjoy it? Thanks for reading~

  • Emma 엠마

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