After waking up, we got back on the road for a two-hour drive to Icheon (이천) to visit one of Hyun-oo’s friends who is currently in the Army (from now on referred to as Army guy). Hyun-oo went to Army guy’s apartment to take a shower, change clothes, and wash a blanket that Sue had drooled (and vomited) on. I met with one of Army guy’s female friends to take a shower. She liked dogs and so she tried to make friends with Sue while I was in the shower.
The hot water hadn’t kicked on yet, but I figured I’d start by getting the ends of my hair wet. But…it never got any warmer. I told her (in Korean), “It’s too cold!” She answered and tried to restart it…but yeah…I ended up taking a freezing cold shower…it was quite awful. Then we sat in her living room and tried to talk (mostly me in limited Korean) while we waited for the boys to call.
When the boys finally called, it had started raining. We decided to head out for dinner (barbecue/grill pig meat YUM) and karaoke. (Sue got to stay and relax in the girl’s apartment.) It was a lot of fun and Army guy has an AMAZING voice. (He was training to be a pop singer before his mandatory military service.) Not only does he have an amazing voice, he loves 80’s rock music–I could have listened to him the whole time.
Our night came to a close around 10pm and then Hyun-oo and I were in the car faced with a decision…A monsoon came into Korea and rain was basically in the forecast the next 10 days all over Korea (scattered showers 50-80% depending on the day/city). I wanted to go to a camping place but if the rain was too heavy, we wouldn’t be allowed to camp (plus it would be dangerous). We could go home and wait out the rain for a few days and later tackle the northern half of Southern Korea. Or, we could head to Hyun-oo’s friend’s house in Busan (southern part of Korea) where at least we would have shelter from the rain.
I really didn’t want to go home. We headed toward the camping site, but the rain was coming down in torrents. Hyun-oo called up his friend and we ended up embarking on another 6-7 hour drive to Busan. In about a 26 hour period, we spent maybe 5 hours outside of the car. 😦