Last night I was supposed to go to this part of Seoul that has night shopping. There is this huge mall with many many floors, and it doesn't open until like 11pm and stays open all night. Malls in Korea are NOT like malls in America. There are no stores, there are just little booths with a bunch of clothes from a certain brand crammed in. You can't try anything on. It's a lot different from malls back in America. Anyway, this isn't really a mall like other malls, because the booths have clothes in bulk, and buyers from department stores and real malls come at night and buy clothes in bulk to sell in their stores. Well I haven't been there so this is all what I've heard. Since the clothes meant to be sold to stores, you can buy a single item for fairly cheap. But I heard that sometimes the people at the stores can be very rude because they are looking to sell in bulk, so when people like us come and are picky and want to look for just one size and buy only one thing, they aren't really happy. But people say you can haggle(My favorite thing to do!) and get some cheap things. We were planning on meeting at 10pm to go, but then when we all got together, we quickly decided not to go shopping and to go out to Hongdae instead.
We went to o Bar first, like always. Liz, Jamie and her boyfriend Colin, Anna, and Megan came out. We normally get all dressed up to go to Hongdae even though it's not necessary, but because we only decided to go out drinking at the last minute, we were all in our shopping clothes. A famous quote of the night was when I screamed over the loud music, "I'VE NEVER WORN PANTS TO HONGDAE BEFORE!!!!" We played some darts, drank a lot, and then decided to head over to a bar called Jane's Groove. I've been once before with Liz who loves the place, and when we got there we were the only people there, and she promised it was never like that and it is so much fun. So we gave it a shot again last night, and sure enough it was very busy. They play a lot of old fun dancing music. Oh on the walk to Jane's Groove we saw a HUGE pile of garbage on the sidewalk, so Liz ran up to it pretending to jump into it, and she slipped and actually fell into it. It was hilarious and disgusting.
There were mostly foreigners at Jane's Groove. It is a great place, everyone was dancing and having a good time, and then right behind us a fight broke out. It hardly ever happens, and when it does happen it's always foreigners, never Koreans. So these two big white boys where fighting, we didn't really pay much attention to it, and then Jamie said, "Oh shit, that guy just stomped on that other guys head!" And we looked over and one of the guys was just laying on the floor not moving. The other guy ran out of the bar. Everyone around him just kind of looked at the guy on the floor, and he was not moving at all. I thought for sure I was looking a dead body for the first time in my life. It was so scary. Then he started making these weird convulsions, so a few people turned him on his side, and Liz told the bar tender to call and ambulance. After a few minutes of him shacking on the floor, he opened his eyes a little but still didn't move. His friends, or maybe just some guys who were at the bar, picked him up and carried him outside. He wasn't dead because I saw his feet moving as they dragged him out. It was very very scary because we honestly thought he was dead right there on the bar floor.
Anyway, besides that fight the night was awesome. My oppa came with some of his Korean friends and it was just a great night. We ended up staying until about 5am. When we came out of the bar the sun was up and it was super bright out. We all at the same time said, "Wow, it's morning!"
I'd like to share that I have given up drinking soda!!! I was drinking about 3 cans of Coke per day between work and home, and I quit cold turkey about two weeks ago. Well I saw cold turkey, because I didn't try to cut back and drink less, I just stopped drinking it. I did slip up a few times. Once my oppa brought me a Dr. Pepper because he didn't know I gave it up, and I drank it anyway. Another time I ate at KFC and I had one soda with my sandwich(no refill though). And the other day at work we had pizza day and I had one half of a small bathroom cup of Coke. I'm pretty proud of myself for making it this long(Unlike the time I tried to give up drinking for two weeks and only made it 3 days!). At first I got sooo tired at work. I barely made it through my classes and by the end of the day I had to come home and nap! But I think my body has adjusted to the lack of caffeine I was ingesting throughout the day. I don't know if this is a long term split between Coke and me, but for now I think I'll keep my distance for as long as I can.
Some pictures from Jane's Groove will come soon!