Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Put that in your pipe and smoke it!
So apparently they had the Olympics in Korea at one point. I kept seeing signs for this Olympic Park when I hopped on the bus. So on Saturday, I decided to go exploring.
I took the bus to the mall and walked about a mile down the road. There was a giant park in the middle of Seoul. I can't say I remember much from when I was 8....but I'm fairly certain I don't remember watching the Olympics. (ok for the record I don't remember much of anything...ever...)
So I walked around the park for a few hours...you can see from the sky that it was a beautifully, smoggy day. After enjoying the weather, I stopped by the bookstore in the mall, picked up a few books and headed home. This was most of what I had planned for the weekend.
And then I got a phone call.
My British friend (that teaches in central South Korea) was visiting Seoul (which is in northern South Korea) and want to know if I wanted to hang out....so I didn't have any plans...so back on the bus I go...down into the depths of the Subway...to emerge at Seoul City Hall. Ok...so cell phones make meeting friends just a wee bit easier...especially in a city of 10 million people. So my friend is meeting her Amercian friend from Australia in Seoul (ok...got that...2 girls...one British English teacher...one American working in Australia)
They are going to a musical (called "Miso")...well sure...why not...so I grab a ticket and we catch dinner.
Now, I'm not a big fan of musicals to begin with...so sitting thru something that in a different language is not on top of my list. I ended up watching the band play more that anything else. I was almost thru the entire thing...when 2 of the drummers got up and started walking in the audience.
So one of the drummers picked a random Korean girl and brought her up on stage. How do I know she was random...and not some plant that just pretended to be surprised? ...Because they picked me too!!!! For the record I did not volunteer and I am definitely not a plant!!!
They drag me on stage and have me take part in a twirling plate-thingies on a stick thing they were doing. It looked a lot harder when they were doing it. After that part of the show, they finally let me back to my seat....but not before giving me a bamboo pipe.