I don’t really go to Seoul that often, so it’s usually quite an event. A big Sangju group was going to go Seoul to watch a Sangju Sangmu soccer game, but I decided not to join because of the weakening team. Instead, two other people in Sangju (an awesome South African chick and our Korean guy friend) joined me for a small adventure/night on the town in Hongdae 홍대.
Because we got there in the early afternoon, we had plenty of time to get the night started. So my friend got her hair done (cut and color) and I killed time with our friend by walking around and window-shopping. On our walk, I saw this really cool like goth store with some super cute clothes. There was this OMG cute black suspender mini-skirt dress with a hood with cat ears (ridiculously cute). I wanted to buy it but wanted to try it on first, but the girl working there can’t speak English. So I ask my friend to ask if I can try it on and like indicate that I want to go into the open fitting room. She gives me this no motion and then my friend tells me I can’t—WTF?! As soon as we leave the place he tells me she said that I’m too big/I’ll stretch it out. ARE YOU SERIOUS?! Now, I’m not even big for Korean standards…fairly average in fact. I’m short (156cm/124lbs) and wear an American size 2…grrrrr…well I am more curvy & muscular than the average Korean girl (who are either stick thin or ‘plump’), but I’m no where near the ‘average American’ size. I can understand the size 6+ getting refused (in fact some of my friends here have been refused). But come on! Anyway, this is still the only place this has happened to me…and I still really want that dress.
As far as the evening, my friend and I danced the night away. Our Korean friend joined up with the Sangju Sangmu spectators, so my friend and I danced mostly with each other/by ourselves. (I’d say that at much clubs you dance beside your friends/alone…that’s just the way the majority of Koreans dance.) Our friend finally came back and we stayed at the club until about 5 am and then went to Lotteria (a sub-par Koran version of McDonalds) before getting back on the subway to the bus station to return to Sangju. Needless to say, we pretty much slept the entire time on the subway and bus.
…I guess I should admit that I stayed awake more than I actually napped….