I just realized that I probably need to update my labels (2011 Korea is really 2011 - ? Korea, after all- I'm not discounting the fact that I could possibly stay in Korea beyond this year).
Anyways, I'm going to try to go back to posting the way I used to, with photos. I like having pictures on my blog, even if it's just for myself- I want to remember what I did, who I met, and what I ate. There are lots of weird and interesting things that I've been eating, since I've become friendlier with some people that now feel comfortable taking me to the dive-y places that have good food, even if their methods are a little questionable. It's the food equivalent of dive bars. Yum.
So, before I went home in December, I moved out of the old place and into a new place. I didn't take a video of the new place (which is warmer, without those single-paned enormous windows that the old place had) but I snapped one photo:
Anyway, it's much less sterile now, my little abode, so I'll try to take "after" pictures soon.
I've been going out a lot lately (A LOT) because for some reason, people keep wanting to go out during random weekdays. I went out every day last week and again yesterday, on a Monday. What is that about? I managed to rest up all weekend and catch up on sleep a bit, but man- I'm not in my early twenties anymore (kill me, I'm 31 in Korean age) and I don't know if I have the endurance to continue with this type of social schedule.
I've had pig intestine and cow intestine, and while Koreans seem very opinionated on which type they like better, I don't notice a huge difference. The biggest difference is size (pigs being smaller), and marination. Cow intestine tends not to be marinated, whereas pig intestines are (spicy, salt, barbecue, etc.), and I prefer the plain variety, as I like to be able to taste the actual animal, rather than just the marinade.
Also, while the photo above is small intestine, they do sell large intestine in the same manner. These types of restaurants tend to be very, very specific- this restaurant is just a cow small intestine place. There is another restaurant close by that is a pig small intestine place. There are restaurants that sell only cow large intestine. I find that this sort of very narrow specializing is quite common in Korean restaurants, whereas it's not nearly so easy to find in the States.
I like large intestine, too- I'll have to remember to take a photo the next time I have it.
Last night, we had bossam (보쌈), steamed pork, with oysters (I didn't have any) and soju. It's a wonder that I'm not gaining weight here- actually, it's a wonder that I'm losing weight here- what with all the fatty food and all the drinking. It's like the French Paradox, only it's a Korean Conundrum.
I'm glad that I'm making friends and all, but I do wish my newfound friends liked to do other things besides drink. I could really go watch a movie right about now...