So actually, the day I came back from Seoul and spent the wee-morning hours at a local bar and restaurant in Sangju (a few months ago…remember?), I had a date planned with a Korean guy that I had met through a mutual friend. This was the first real “date” that I went on (unlike the others that I don’t think I can even consider dates) and he basically had the day planned…or at least a rough outline.
He picked me up from my apartment soon after noon to go bowling. (If you still haven’t read the previously mentioned blog, I think I had about 4 hours of sleep that morning.) The bowling alley was pretty close to my home, but he still wanted to drive there. This bowling alley is the basement level of a building and there are other businesses on top of it (I think it includes a pool hall). The bowling alley was pretty small; maybe 8 lanes and there was only one other lane being used when we got there. Oh, and something else that I found odd: in America, when you want to bowl with a friend, you get assigned one lane and you take turns. Here, we were issued two lanes (side-by-side) like competitive team style. So, we each had our own lane. We still took turns for bowling within our respective lanes, but the games were pretty fast regardless.
I told him that I wasn’t that good at bowling, but the first round we played I did okay. I’m really not that good at bowling; sometimes I get lucky but I bowl maybe once or twice a year if at all. The second match was pretty awful: I scored less than 60. He was a decent bowler. I had way more gutter balls than he did, and he had way more strikes than me. My wrist started hurting during the second round. I don’t know if he believed me or just felt sorry for my weaksauce bowling skills, but we didn’t play a third round.
An ‘Amusement Park’ Gyeongcheondae 경천대
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but a lot of the amusement parks in Korea are like glorified carnivals. This amusement park is ‘in Sangju’ but really, it’s a bit of a drive outside of the main city. He warned me that it was small, and because there was some light rain earlier that day, the few rides that were available were closed. Anyway, we briefly toured the ‘amusing’ part of the amusement park and went on to the nature trails around the park. We walked up the small mountain, sat at the top, and then walked down to the river area that had a few traditional/old-fashioned buildings.
End of the Day
So this wasn’t a night-time date; there was no awkward how/when do we separate or other moments like that. It was a pretty lax ‘day’-date. Although it wasn’t the most exciting day ever, we spent the whole time talking and we both had a good time. We ended up not doing dinner, but had a few snacks at both the bowling alley and the amusement park. He had to meet his family for dinner, and well—I was tired. So, he dropped me back off at my apartment before 7pm and that was the end of a VERY LONG weekend… ^_^
Update: Our 100 Day Anniversary