So for our first weekend in Korea we went with some of the other teachers into the nearest big city which is Daegu. We arrived in Downtown Daegu and I was immediately over stimulated and amazed. Daegu was full of people-most of which are young and dressed to the nines. But, we had to prioritize our time in the city and so we headed immediately to….you guessed it McDonalds! Ordering at McDonalds seemed like it was going to be really scary and confusing so I did what I thought was the most rational- I walked up to the counter and put up 6 fingers (signaling I wanted the number 6), to which the cashier responded, “You want the number six, would you like that to be a meal?” I did, and told her so using my language this time and then Josh immediately jumped in and told her he wanted a cheeseburger plain….and he got it!!! According to other teachers here it is very hard to get modified food (understandable with the language barrier) so all in all it was a success!
After we fulfilled our foreigner stereotype quota for the day we wandered around doing shopping. We went to this store called Hottracks that sold alot of different small goods where I stared at pens for about 45 minutes….I love Korean pens. After this excitement I then proceeded to buy all the cute socks I could find. One of the other teachers and I played a game on finding the most outrageous English phrases on T-shirts and it was a toss up between “Be Based on Dopeness” (she bought this one of course) and “Yankee loves Sugar” (I’m still kicking myself for not buying this shirt as not only did it have an amazing catch-phrase, BUT also mesh camo sleeves).
Near the Downtown area there are alot of street markets where we wandered around looking at things and not buying anything until we got tired and needed to take a little break (the weather was quite humid that day).
We then visited a Baskin Robbins where I got a carbonated lemonade (gross) and Josh paid way too much for 1 scoop of mint chocolate chip. But, we did sit there for a while and enjoyed the free AC.
We did a bit more wandering around before settling on Little Italya for dinner. The food ended up being great! I was really not expecting much as many Koreans do not eat much dairy but the food was quite tasty. I ordered pasta with cream sauce and bacon and Josh ordered “sausage pizza” (no pepperoni on the menu). Josh’s pizza ended up coming out 10 minutes after everyone else’s with what looked like cut up hot dog on it and right before he took a bite our waitress stole the pizza right from under him. In the next couple minutes there was shouting in the kitchen (it was a small restaurant) and 5 minutes later he had a pepperoni pizza sitting in front of him! Quite a feat considering that it wasn’t on the menu.
Following dinner we hit up Daiso (Japanese dollar store, there are quite a few in the States) to pick up some random stuff for the apartment and then headed home!
Random Shots from our Adventure in Daegu:
Daegu was pretty awesome and I anticipate we will visit often as it was about 40 minutes from where we live by bus and subway. Plus, I need to go back just to stock up on more awesome socks :)!
Josh’s collages of the trip…