Since I’m up and can’t sleep, I guess I’ll go ahead and write another blog right away. It’s been a while anyways. Also, I should mention that at this time we do not have internet in our apartment, and I’m not sure if we actually ever will. Fortunately E Mart, a good-sized department store a block or so over, has free wifi, so that might become the main place where we can connect to send e-mails, blogs, Facebook stuff, etc. Unfortunately, the outlet adapter we’re borrowing from the church is the size of a car battery and at least twice the weight, so we’ll be running our laptops’ batteries whenever we’re on the internet, meaning we’ll probably be cutting way down on our mindless Facebook scrolling, BuzzFeeding, Pinteresting, etc. Which is actually awesome, because we had a talk not long before we left for Korea that we really wanted to cut way back on our computer time. So glad we’re being forced into that for while we’re here in Korea! Oh, and all that is to say: I’ll be mostly writing these blogs beforehand, and uploading them probably hours later once we get to internet.
So, the guys who’d picked us up from the airport in Seoul and dropped us off at our apartment told us we were expected to be at the Galilee Church at 11:00 the next morning. We were up and wide awake by 6, and figured we’d grab some breakfast and wander around our neighborhood. As it turns out, our apartment is incredibly close to where we both use to stay when we were in Korea 3 years ago! We’re directly across from the church and where my old apartment was, and we can see the dorm where Eric use to live from our balcony. Since I was only here for a couple months it’s been fun to wander and see the old areas I remember, but for Eric around almost every corner has been a real nostalgic trip.
By the time we arrived for the church service we’d had 5 hours of wandering and exploring already in, and were beginning to feel the jetlag. I sketched during the entirely Korean sermon to keep from nodding off (I shouldn’t have been so concerned, the Korea guy next to me was sound asleep).
After the service we met up with Lucy and Belle. Belle was the one who helped us get set up with this visit to Korea and she had been the one who’d been my main contact at Galilee Church from the last time I was here. She runs the incredibly vast children’s portion of the church, and since her full-time job is directing an English academy for Korean kids, she works at teaching the church kids English during Sunday School and VBS. Lucy is a young Korean girl I knew from when I was last in Korea, and she speaks amazing English and helps out Belle wherever she can.
After lunch with Lucy Eric & I sat in on one of these Sunday School events and introduced ourselves to all the kids. Our jetlag was really getting the better of us though, so Belle sent us home soon after and asked us to meet back at the church at 7:30. At the apartment we passed out for about 4 hours, which turned out to be a pretty bad idea…
At the church at 7:30 there was a play production depicting a pastor who had decided to give up everything and live in community with a group of homeless people. It was pretty neat actually. Lucy translated the whole thing for us.
Even though it was late after the play let out, neither of us were tired after our afternoon nap, and so we stopped by our old favorite Kimbap Nara place for some kimbap and kimchi mandoo. (Kimbap Nara is kind of like the Korean diner, and you can find them all over the place. They’re open 24/7 and serve super inexpensive basic Korean food. Kimbap is the Korean equivalent to a sushi roll and you can get an entire roll of 12 or more pieces for about $1.50 US. Mandoo are boiled dumplings.) Sitting there late at night, eating familiar delicious foods, we felt so happy to be back in Korea.