Friday, April 16, 2010


There is nothing better than a night out with people who are engaging, articulate and have great senses of humor. I'm so relieved to be making friends outside my little bubble of work - even if those friendships started at an outlet mall.

Over dinner (at TGI Fridays, yeah, they have those in Korea. Same food, same prices, same everything) we talked about everything from Donkey Kong and serial killers, to cell phones and Dog the Bounty Hunter. When they kicked us out, we stood out on the side walk (I'm not sure why we didn't go to a coffee shop) for an hour and a half in the cold talking about other things - disciplining kids, stickers, dog behaviors, Argentinian beef and social justice cooking shows.

Stephanie and Ryan are a couple who came to Korea together. Stephanie likes reality shows and is from California. Ryan moved around as a kid and spent a lot of time in Argentina (not sure why, maybe military?). Leslie, who I met at Lotte Mart, is from Hawai'i, went to a boarding school for people of Native Hawai'i descent and works at a public school while the rest of us work at hogwons.

It was a perfect way to end the week and I'm glad its looking to be kind of a regular thing.

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