Really, they will. They will also point. Especially when you’re a 5’9″ Western woman in yoga pants who’s sweating profusely and trying to find lunch. It’s incredibly humid right now and you kind of need to take two showers a day.
Little kids will also brazenly come up to you, sometimes grabbing your arm, shout “HELLO,” and walk away giggling like a hyena. It’s a little jolting at first, but it quickly becomes adorable because they just want to speak English.
Today, I slept until after noon (which I never do). Going to attribute it to the fact that we didn’t get home until around 4 AM and there was alcohol involved. So, by the time I woke up, my coworkers had already left for the film festival and I decided to do some exploring on my own. This was mildly terrifying as I have zero working knowledge of Korean and had no one to ask a million questions to.
But I did it anyway. I decided to walk over to the Lotte Mart, which is essentially a department store on steroids. They have groceries, a food court, clothing, electronics, you name it. It was completely overwhelming and I didn’t stay very long.
Next stop was trying to find lunch. I walked back the way I came and made my way towards where we went out last night. There is a LOT of American fast food here: McDonald’s, Subway, KFC, Pizza Hut. They’re really easy to spot because, obviously, I recognize them. However, I wanted something a little more Korean. After walking down the main street for about 20 minutes, I turned down a side street because I saw a little cafe. Instead of the cafe, I spotted a place called School Food Blooming Mari. It seemed to be a chain, but the picture menu outside drew me in.
I wasn’t sure if I should sit down or wait to be seated, so I just walked over to the waitress and said “menu?” She smiled, gave me one, and gestured for me to sit before bringing me a pitcher of icy cold water. Everything looked so good! I decided on the fried pork cutlet. The waitress brought me a bowl of clear soup and pickled daikon. I was shocked when the food came. The cutlet was bigger than my head and came with a salad and white rice (which I didn’t eat). It was so crispy and tender and only 8,300 won (roughly $7) for such a big meal!
Look at the size of that thing!
After I ate, I paid and walked back to my room. I will probably take a shower and eventually make my way to the film festival because there are some animated shorts I would like to see.