|That cost me a pretty penny|
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Living in a foreign country definitely has it's ups and downs, if someone asked me to explain my life here in one word i'd probably say roller coaster (damnit that's two words). There are definitely days and weeks that fly by with excitement, field trips, energetic classes, weekend outings, good weather, I think you get the idea. Then there's the days and weeks that seem to n e v e r end it's like all the stars align and everything that could go wrong, does. Thankfully I haven't experience many of those, sure I have the classes from hell, or a rain day where I forgot my umbrella, but that could happen anywhere. Another thing that's interesting while living abroad is noticing those moments when you've transitioned from a visitor to a resident, not "legally" per say, but that moment when you're new country really feels like home. I've had that feeling on more than one occasion, and love it, but this past week I had a whole different experience that made me realize I'm not just floating through Korea as a tourist. Note: Scooter break down :(
The repair man didn't look too excited to be helping the foreign girl or maybe he just had too much soju the night before? Either way my bike was soon on the back of his truck and I was in the passenger seat, wondering how the rest of the night would play out. We had our 2 minutes of conversation "Do you speak Korean? Um yeah a little. Where are you from? America"....it ended there. We were soon at the shop where he proceeded to pretty much unassemble my entire bike and as Loudine had guessed, found the belt had snapped. Okay seems like an easy enough repair. I swear I would have been in and out in 20 minutes if it weren't for this other guy and his bike that seemed to want to hang out. He was there first so I guess his bike took prescience over mine, but it was a bit annoying when my repairs kept being paused to help this other guy. Finally around 9 o'clock I was told that it was finished and handed over my debit card. What a night of fun, and for only 130,000 won ($115) I was on my way. So yeah, that's when you can realize that you're really living here, not just passing through: scooter problems.