So Saturday it’s being arranged for me to meet a volunteer. I’ve asked for some basic grocery shopping skills, such as: is that price on the fruit PER KILO or PER BAG? How can I avoid sugar? Is one of these dairy items cream? Etc., etc. Also, how to use my damn cell phone…Try to save a caller ID number and end up ringing the number instead – that kind of thing.
Sunday I’m meeting a 28 yr. old language exchange partner/college student for conversation and some tips on how to live cheaper. He lived in Australia by himself for a year, so he knows what I’m going through.
Maybe I’ll start going to Koroot events on Saturdays. Everyone was so great there, and I believe in what they are doing and how many visiting and repatriating adoptees they’ve helped. But it’s also a big deal to make the trip and spend that much time every Saturday.
Ran into a bunch of expats, all English teachers for GePIK, sitting in front of the gs 25 mart in front of my building last night, so I bought a can of beer (it was payday!) and sat with them before it got too cold outside. They actually LIKE this sterile area because it has more creature comforts than living in one of the older parts of Seoul. Found out that no, there are no other places to shop than Emart. But also found out there is a Saturday farmer’s market in the Central Park. Found out that no, there’s really no night life here, but Boemgye, the next stop over is more happening. Found out that you can walk to Boemgye, and it’s a direct shot from my apt., same street, about a half hour’s distance.
Of course, they were startled when this really forward Korean chick starts addressing ALL OF THEM in perfect English. And then they made the switch, and they started telling me where the Subway was, and the Dunkin Donuts, and croissants, etc. Contrast that with today’s lunch, where I was meticulously cleaning every bone from my fish and the Korean teachers were all amazed and asking, “how did you learn to use chopsticks?” I told them there ARE some Asians in North America, and that there ARE Chinese and other Asian restuarants.
There is no middle ground. With anyone here. NOBODY understands what it is to be adopted or Asian-American.