|Lotsa boring crap...
||[Jun. 21st, 2012|06:32 pm]
I feel like I'm being terribly unproductive today, despite knowing that I really have been getting a lot of important stuff done.|
I somehow managed to find a site that lists a shitload of goshiwons, so I've been looking through the ones in the SNU-area all morning. I think I found some good ones, but I'll have to get some Korean peeps to confirm. In general, I guess you get what you pay for. I'd love to have an 18만원 rent (and not just because the number 18 is amusing in Korean *snicker*), but I'd rather fork up 30만원 a month than not have my own shower.
All the information is of course in Korean, which makes life a bit more difficult, but I'm getting pretty good at deciphering automated translations, and sometimes the mistranslations are amusing. Every place offers free "Bob" (rice), and one even lists "snow" (no effing clue) among it's amenities.
A year ago, when I was checking out goshiwons for my internship, an aquarium seemed to be a rather unique feature. Now, most places seem to have decided that an aquarium is a must. It's nice and all, but I don't really spend a lot of time at the entrance where, typically, the aquarium is placed. Also, at the last place I lived in, the aquarium started out all nice and sparkly, and I enjoyed it much. Then it slowly started getting murky, and I was just annoyed every time I walked by it because the manager was too effing lazy to clean the darned thing.
Some of the goshiwons I was checking out this morning seem to advertize having a pool, but I'm seriously not sure if this is a mistranslation or not. Not that it matters, I probably wouldn't use it much even if my goshiwon ended up actually having a pool. Some places have started offering free pizza, and I'm pretty sure this is not a mistranslation. When I first saw it, I thought perhaps that specific place was just catering to foreigners; free rice and kimchi is standard, and I expect them to also offer free coffee and ramyeong. Pizza, however... Anyway, after I'd seen a couple of places advertizing free pizza, I came to the conclusion that pizza (or possibly a pool) may be the new aquarium; something that one place starts offering to attract new customers away from the competition, and that soon enough everyone will offer as well for the same reason.
Britts, will you be getting any vacation days in connection with your conference? I was thinking about swinging by Japan before I hit Korea, and I was also thinking perhaps you'd like to swing by too. I can put off entering Korea long enough that if you get vacation before the conference, we could meet up. I don't know Japan nearly as well as I know Korea, but I don't know Korean nearly as well as I know Japanese. ^__~ So, while I may not make much of a tour guide in Japan, I think I'd definitely make decent company.
If you get days after the conference, however, I'll need to be in Korea by then. Orientation starts on the 23rd I think, and I really need to sort out some practical stuff such as finding a place to stay which I prefer to have done before school starts. I'd still love to meet up, though. ^__^