I successfully completed my second week of classes. We covered American Thanksgiving because Korean Thanksgiving was this past weekend. I showed my students some clips from Friends and The Simpsons that showed how Americans celebrated. I never grew tired of the Friends clips, but after watching the one from The Simpsons 30 times, I'm OK if I never see that again.
Saturday marked the beginning of the Chuseok holiday, meaning a glorious 5 day weekend! A group of us decided to attend a Korean baseball game. I was so excited because when I was in Japan, we went to a game in Hiroshima and had an amazing time! Korea did not disappoint. So Rachel, Sam, Emma, Rich, Emma, Andy, Steve, Katie, and myself all met up at the Jamsil Baseball stadium around 3/3:30, got out tickets then went and had a few drinks before heading into the game. We purchased seats along the 3rd base line, second level, 1st row. These ended up being amazing seats...with a bit of a twist.
Unlike American baseball games, Koreans get into the game so much! Outside of the stadium they were selling thundersticks for both teams, the Doosan Bears (home team) and the KIA Tigers (away team). In Korea, all of the professional sports teams are called by the company that owns them, not the city that they are from. So most of us purchased white, Doosan Bears thundersticks, as we were there to support the home team. The thundersticks for the KIA Tigers were yellow and we really didn't think anything about the difference until we went to go find our seats. Turns out that we had purchased seats in the heart of the KIA Tigers section.
We walked into the stadium to find the stands literally split in half. Along the 1st base line and into right field was where all of the Doosan Bears fans sat. Along the 3rd base line and into left field was where all of the KIA Tigers fans sat. We walked right into the KIA Tigers section with our white thundersticks and got heckled by a few of the fans. So after quickly deflating our thundersticks and stowing them away before starting a riot, we found our seats. Only problem was that there were two Korean gentlemen sitting in them. So after some exaggerated hand gestures and stern negotiating, they moved and we took our seats. They could not have been better! We eventually were able to attain the correct thundersticks, allowing us to join in on the cheers and excitement of the game. In the end, the Doosan Bears were victorious, 6-3.
|R to L: Andy, Emma, Steve, Katie|
|R to L: Sam, Rachel, Rich, Emma|
|The view of the field from our seats|
|The KIA Tigers fans and their thundersticks|
|Showing my support for both teams!|
After the game, Andy, Emma, Katie, Steve, and I headed out to Hongdae to grab some food. We ate at a very good chicken restaurant that had some very interesting artwork. See below:
|One of the entrance gates with the mountains|
|L to R: Sam, Rachel, Me, Emma, Katie|
|The King's Palace|
Today (Wednesday) has been spent relaxing and catching up on some much needed sleep. I'm planning on getting together with a group of people for dinner tonight in a new part of Seoul to see what there is. I've been surprised how much I have been eating out since I've been here, but the meals are not overly expensive and it beats cooking at home with ingredients or food that you really don't know what it is or how to cook it.