first experiences with korean cultural institutions

I don’t live in a huge city. There are around 100,000 people here. But still, there is plenty to do and enough good people to hang out with. I have met around a dozen other foreign teachers who live here. They are from all different countries: the UK, Australia, Canada, South Africa, the US.

my first noraebang experience!

Last week I had my first noraebang experience. Noraebang is like karaoke but better because you get a private room with your friends and can bring your own beverages from outside. You also get two mics so you’re not singing by yourself usually unless no one else knows the song. Back home I would normally be too scared to do karaoke, but this was super fun. I guess it was a combination of the private room, the fact that I’d really just met these people (but liked them a lot already) and the dranks, but I can’t wait to go back. I sang Ke$ha, Kanye and Justin Timberlake. My choices went over well with my new friends. I can already tell that these are some smart people with great tastes in music.

Another awesome Korean cultural thing that I am now a strong proponent of is the jjimjilbang. Like with the noraebang, I have avoided similar establishments in the states, but decided to go for it since I’m here. A jjimjilbang is a Korean spa where there are a ton of different hot tubs, saunas and tubs with different minerals in them that are supposed to all do special things for your skin and different organs and whatever. The part I was afraid of is that you are naked for all of this. I was scared to be nakies with a bunch of old Korean ladies… but once I got over that I was able to appreciate the beauty and genius of the Korean spa. It’s like the amount of refreshment that you feel after taking a shower after being gross and sweaty for a long time… yeah, it’s like that times about 20. Amazing.