Before I even became an official yellow belt Master Kang asked if I would be a judge at the tournament they were having with the little kiddies. I said I would love to as long as I didn’t have to wear my uniform, I would be so embarrassed standing there with my yellow belt while little nine-year-old red belts were sparring and kicking boards and ultimately being a trillion times better than me. The tournament was the day after my yellow belt test and it was the highlight of my weekend. There was one little boy who was about two inches tall with the teeniest uniform and I wanted to scoop him up and pinch his cheeks. Being the professional that I am of course I didn’t do this.
Besides getting my taekwondo fill in this weekend I also forced three friends to go biking with me on Saturday. It has become a favorite activity of mine since the weather started warming up and I literally have to find different people to go with me every Saturday. Every time I take a new person though they LOVE IT and want to do it again. So there. This past Saturday morning I brought Jennifer, Saet, and Yohan to the Han River where we enjoyed anhour of bike rental fun (for less than 3 USD, awesome). The best part was getting Yohan (also known as John, I like to switch between the English and Korean version of his name, makes life more interesting) to try the traditional Korean style of swinging. Apparently this is an actual sport in Korea (swinging standing up) but it is only for the ladies, because frankly, the men aren’t very good at it. Yohan proved this to be absolutely true.
Rain was forecast the whole week for Saturday (I was so excited to bike after being devastatingly sick all week that I checked the hour by hour weather every morning and night, hoping it would change, or just be lying to me) and as you can tell by the pictures it turned out to be a GORGEOUS DAY. I got burnt on my forearms. Fantastic.
I also had the pleasure of seeing one of my favorite musicals this weekend, the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee performed by the Seoul Players in Itaewon. They gave a much better performance than I expected, which was a delight, some of them can REALLY sing.