An International Weekend

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, guys! I’ve had a really busy, really awesome weekend filled with food, music, and exploring!

On Friday, Steve and I spent the day in Seongnamdong (Old Downtown). It was a national holiday (Hangul Proclamation Day), so we had off from work. The streets of Seongnamdong were packed with families: children were carrying balloons and people were eating a variety of street foods.

Steve and I.

Steve and I.

We probably walked around for a few hours until we decided to have some dinner. We came across a dak galbi (fire chicken) restaurant called Yoogane, which is something we’ve been meaning to try, so we had to stop in. The place was so crowded, so it had to be good. We decided to get two servings of dak galbi with bean sprout fried rice (4,500 won/serving, which is about $4), one serving of ramyeun, and cheese to go with it. Oh my god. It was absolutely phenomenal!

Dak galbi.

Dak galbi.

After dinner, we made our way to JJ’s Bar, which was actually having taco night. You can’t say no to tacos, right? So, we got three of them with seasoned rice and refried beans. There was also a poker tournament going on, but we didn’t stay too long.

Tacos at JJ's!

Tacos at JJ’s!

On Saturday, we had plans to attend the Cheoyong Culture Festival at the Ulsan Arts and Culture Center downtown. The Cheoyong Festival is a huge outdoor festival featuring food, crafts, and musical acts from all over the world. Some of the food tents included Vietnam, Indonesia, China, Nepal/India, America, Canada, and (of course) Korean, among others.

Ulsan Culture and Arts Center.

Ulsan Culture and Arts Center.

We tried Indian samosas, Vietnamese spring rolls and banh mi, Turkish kebabs, grilled corn, grilled squid, red bean cakes, pajeon (green onion pancake), and even hamburgers! All the food was absolutely incredible.

Pajeon.

Pajeon.

The craft tents were impressive, as well. There was pottery, hand carved incense burners, handbags, trinkets, and other beautiful items from all over the world. My favorite was one pottery tent where the potter was letting kids spin on the wheel with him. There were also other tables set up with crafts for kids to do, like painting and drawing.

Music also filled the air all day, and there was everything from South American pan pipe performers to a rock ‘n’ roll band from Beijing. Later in the evening, there was a DJ set in one of the tents. Everyone was dancing and it was a lot of fun.

Outside the arts center.

Outside the arts center.

Outside the arts center.

Outside the arts center.

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I’m an Alien. I’m a Legal Alien.

I officially received my ARC (Alien Registration Card) from the Immigration Office! And the picture isn’t horrible!

Now, since I’m a legal resident, I was also able to open a bank account – which I did this morning. I went with my American coworker and he was actually able to get them to issue me an international Visa card, which will come in handy for traveling. Totally grateful for that! The process only took about an hour, and I will also be able to do my banking online including sending money home. Since my student loans own my soul.

My next step is getting a phone plan set up. I was considering getting a WiFi egg, but my coworker was explaining that you need an actual phone number to sign up on certain websites, etc. Whatever. I guess I’ll just suck it up.

Anyone also living in Korea, which carrier do you prefer? What is your plan like and how much do you pay monthly? Thanks in advance!

And here’s a little video. Because I like to think that I’m funny:

E-2 Visa Question?

Hey guys! I just got my passport back with my E-2 visa today. Yay!

However, as I was looking it over, I noticed that it said “single entry.” I’ve already begun making plans for traveling outside Korea while I’m there.┬áSo I’m a little confused.

Will I not be able to leave and re-enter Korea? Do I have to get another type of visa before I travel?

If anyone has any experience with this, could you please help/clarify?

I have a US passport if that makes any difference.

Thanks!