Before I left Korea, I got to meet the girl who replaced me at my school. I will say that’s definitely one of the benefits to staying an extra month after the contract is over: it’s a way to meet the person who replaces you. Of course you could end up meeting a complete dud. Lucky for me, my replacement is a super cool girl and my school is lucky to have her…she’s still fresh and not as jaded as I was. ^^

Anyway, I was showing her around town and we stopped at her apartment. We were organizing some of her things when she pulled out a giant tub full of nail polish bottles. Turns out she used to give manicures/pedicures back in the States.  I started looking at all the different colors that were in there and she offered to paint my nails.  …Say what!?

To be perfectly honestly, I told her no. The reason is because I paint my nails maybe once very two years. The most maintenance I do is clip them down super short whenever I notice they are getting long. As a matter of fact, I did not even own any nail polish remover in my apartment! I’ve also only had my nails professionally painted once in my life and it was a gift from my mom–not on my own choosing. But…moving on. She persisted on her offer so I caved in.

I wasn’t sure what color to choose so she helped me sort through them until we agreed on something. Ultimately she helped me choose a very deep purple. In Korea, people typically paint the ‘pinky’ nail a different color. I had been eyeing a green polish, so she did that as my ‘accent’. She also added sparkles.

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I’m pretty happy with how they turned out! Unfortunately, because I was in the middle of cleaning and packing, the polish was chipped off something awful by the time I came to the United States and bought some nail polish remover. I kind of wish she lived closer so she could do them again! Too bad I’m in the States and she has another 10 months in Korea. ㅠㅠ



One comment

  1. Anonymous · · Reply

    pretty cool, story, i only had my nails trimmed by a profesional, she happened to be my apartment renter. She was a foot doctor, we had a good friend relationship, i am pretty sure she is dead by now.. that was when i was in my 20’s

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