The weekend has come and gone, and Justin is back at Korea University in Jochiwon. We were very blessed with extra time this weekend. Last week we had a mere 24 hours together, and this was both bitter and sweet. It is so good to see each other, but knowing that we had to part the following day was miserable. Justin managed to organise that he would pick up the new group of camp students in Seoul. This meant that he could sleep over on Saturday and Sunday night, and then meet the new students at their Seoul meeting point on Monday morning.
Saturday Sushi and Movies
By the time Justin arrived in Hanam, he had spent half the day working, and then traveled for three hours to see me. It’s difficult to make plans when we are both so tired. Just being together is enough for us right now, and knowing that we had an extra night, we felt less anxious than last weekend! After some resting at the apartment, we headed to E-Mart to get some supplies for the upcoming week. The rest of the evening was spent at home, watching movies, eating sushi, and relaxing in each others arms.
I absolutely love these foot peeling packs!! Korea has great beauty products, and this is one of my favourites because it is incredibly affective. I bought a box (containing one set of foot peeling “socks”) for $7 at The Face Shop, in E-Mart, and I planned to pamper myself a bit while we relaxed for the rest of the evening.
These plastic “socks” are placed onto your feet, and then a liquid sachet is opened and poured inside. There are two small strips of plastic at the top of them so that you can tie them on and walk around, if you need to, while your feet are soaking in the solution. They have to be worn for 90 minutes. About 5 days later the entire rough surface of your foot peels off, leaving no dead skin and only baby softness. It’s amazing!!
On Sunday evening we decided to head to the main street in Hanam to enjoy some Korean BBQ. We realised that we haven’t done this since returning to South Korea. Shocking! The mere fact that we haven’t rushed to do this reminds us that we’ve had very busy schedules, because this would normally be one of the first things we do once we get back here.
As you can see, Justin is starting to get pretty hairy! It seems that he has fried his beard trimmer’s battery, so he is stuck without one until we can order a new one. I think this this is his official English-Camp-look. I remember him doing the same thing when we were on Jeju Island, doing a winter camp in 2010.
This restaurant has a meat counter where you can fill up on whatever cuts of meat that you would like to BBQ at your table. This is a great way to try out different meats and find one that you prefer. All you need to do is take a silver plate to this meat counter, open the glass sliding doors, and pile up your plate with whatever you want.
You then return to your table and cook the meat while chatting and enjoying a few drinks.
When the meat is cooked, you dip it in sauce, place it in a leaf of lettuce, add some kimchi, garlic, and salad, and then enjoy!!! Delicious and loaded with protein, so we love it!
In Korea it is believed that when the meat is burnt, you should not eat it. I quite like the “crispy” pieces, so I leave the meat on the grill for a couple of extra minutes. This is a big “no no” here, and often the waiter will try and remove the burnt pieces from the grill, and throw them away. It drives me nuts! The overbearing older waiters will pick up the the grill and walk away with it, taking your meat with them. Hahaha… They are appalled when we don’t want the grill changed as often as they think it should be, so sometimes we just sit back and let them take over.
What they don’t seem to understand is that the new grill takes a while to heat up, so we have to start from scratch!! As we have mentioned before, they don’t use knives to cut food here, instead they use a pair of scissors. This is genius and we kept this going while we were in Texas. It makes sense!!!
(Not that everything else does)
As you can see, this restaurant has floor seating, so we had to remove our shoes at the door, and sit on cushions. When we really don’t want to do this, we try to look for a place with proper tables and chairs. Being tall, this seating arrangement is rather uncomfortable for Justin!
When we realised that we had eaten way too much meat, we decided to take a walk to try and settle our food. We ended up strolling down this alleyway which might be interesting during the day, but felt rather dodgy at this late hour. We ended up at a dark dead end, and turned around to hurry back to the main street. Along the way, we stopped at Baskin Robbins for an ice cream ~ Another typically Korean tradition!
Anyone for a massive steamed crab as a midnight snack?!
The school that I am working for has no underfloor heating system, neither does it have a central heating system. Almost the entire building is made of glass, so right now it feels like an ice box. I am really struggling to get through each day without shivering to death. For this reason, we went “boot-hunting” after dinner, and I am very please that we did because it’s been two days and I am starting to get feeling again in my toes.
Parting ways on Monday morning was TOUGH! We knew that having an extra night together also meant that we would have to say goodbye in the morning, and then head to work. Justin ended up coming to school with me, and we had to say our goodbyes there. This was extremely difficult because we had to find a secret place to hug and kiss goodbye. All those little faces staring at us would have been too awkward to handle! We managed to hold back the tears this time, mostly out of fear of embarrassment. I hid my emotions all day, but when I was sitting at home last night the sadness washed over me, and I felt so alone and upset that he was gone again!
This will be our last week apart. Each period of separation has been shorter than the last. For that we are thankful, however that hasn’t made it any easier. I feel like we are able to handle less and less each time. I can’t begin to describe how hard it is to be apart. In a foreign country, and few weeks before our wedding, no friends, no family and no warmth.
On Friday Justin’s job ends, and I will travel to Jochiwon to meet him.
Three more sleeps…