You just can’t go back… it’s never the same!

Anna and I went to Ulsan to visit our friends who are still there and while it was fun, it certainly proved the adage that you can never go back. It wasn’t that I expected everything to be the same, I knew a ton of things would have changed. This is Korea and change happens fast here; people come and go, businesses come and go. I’ve also kept in contact with my some of my closer friends so I knew about some of the changes. But I didn’t expect there to be no clubs!

When I lived there, there was three main areas that we hung out in; Mugedong, Samsandong and Shinae. There were clubs (or at least one club) in each area and the best one was in Shinae (S2). Well, GQ (Mugedong) is now a noraebang (singing room) and S2 (Shinae) is closed for renovations (or just closed, I couldn’t understand everything on the sign). It was very disappointing as I really wanted to see the DJ from S2 again to see if I still had a crush on him… plus for once, I wasn’t the one to suggest going clubbing.

I was fun spending time with Sarah though – thanks babe for all the goodies, especially for teaching me how to make doenjang jjigae (spicy soybean paste stew – my favourite!). It was also weird/nice to hang out at the YES building – very deja vu… I kept thinking that I had been there before… oh, right… I lived there for a year! Plus is was nice to see Lina and Gina – hope you both come visit me in Seoul.

I have to say… if there was any doubts about moving to Seoul, they are now erased! I love the variety of places to go out, restaurants, cultural activities, people. Best of all, the Seoul guys aren’t intimidated by me… now, if I could just figure out why they think that I’m a “good girl”. Seriously, I’m having a blast living here. Thankfully Paula, Anna and I went out Friday night so I had some fun and dancing under my belt so I didn’t go through any withdrawal. Plus there was some great ‘cute guy’ gazing opportunities at Q-vo (our new fav club)…the guy in the grey hoodie that works there (great smile and dimples) and the bartender with a hot bod. Both can dance too! Did I mention how much I love living in a country where guys like to dance and some can actually do it well!!

So lots of fun even if it wasn’t what I expected and I got the rest of my stuff so another good weekend even if sleep wasn’t high on the agenda.

Oh, a sidenote: I studied a second language for 14 years and I don’t remember using my dictionary (we didn’t have electronic dictionaries but I did have a book) to find the biggest word possible for my French homework. I will never understand why some of my students do that… and it’s usually the ones who are struggling, not the smarter ones. Kids, don’t use words you can’t pronounce in speeches!

Second sidenote: The longer I am in Korea, the more girlie I dress. Seriously, I think I now own more skirts than pants! And I just bought a white and light blue purse (it’s cute) for summer. Plus I wear light pink (Aunt Kathy, you would love them) ballerina shoes to work now that it’s spring. To top off my girlishness, I even bought my first blush (yes, it was my first at 32) and I’ve wore it a couple of times when going clubbing!

Cindy Zimmer

Live life to the fullest everyday - this is a the philosophy I try to live by and it's taken me on many adventures. I write about Korean culture from a non-Korean perspective as the editor/founder of ATK Magazine and I'm the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF). Previously, I ran a Korean-English language exchange group (in Toronto) for 3 years to stay connected to my three years living in Korea as an English teacher. I love music, film, food and sports and write about 3 of the 4.

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