What time is it? It is indeed that time again, the time when I reveal that the only exciting things that happen in my project happen at lunch...
On Tuesday, Mongolia and I were dragged to lunch with the women's choir by two of the women in our office. The whole experience was very interesting, especially since the older generation was much more interested in Mongolia than in the US. Honestly, it was just a cool thing to get to participate in. We got to help a bunch of talented older ladies celebrate the end of their choral season. This group of ladies is also the same ones that I put up in a video on my Facebook page a few months ago.
Today brought another lunchtime "adventure". I went to a famous noodle soup restaurant. Yet again, the line was out the door, and yet again the bowl was larger than my head. In addition, it was also incredibly difficult to find, just like the other famous noodle soup establishment. I went with my boss and the one woman in my office who refuses to acknowledge my efforts to speak Korean. My sentences tend to have solid chunks of Korean plopped in the middle of English, since I cannot say very much, and she just says things like "speak Korean". Luckily for me, I can understand that particular phrase very well :/. My boss joked today that if I could not finish all of the soup in the huge bowl in front of me that I would have to pay a fee. Since I do not understand Korean humor, I ate all of it. I ended up eating more soup than anyone else at my table because I had no idea that the whole thing was a joke. The moral of this story is that eating is fun and nobody expects you to speak if you look really interested in the food. Basically, this is how I avoid embarrassing myself any further or frustrating that particular coworker any further who does not think I am trying... She just talks really fast and no one has ever taught me to say "please talk a bit slower"... Or at least, I cannot remember how to say that. It might just be one of those things that conveniently slips through the holes in my brain sieve right as I start to reach for them.
Ah well, Christmas is in 9 days now! Also, everyone in the office is pretty nice, I'm sure. Of course, I could be more sure of that fact if I could understand either Korean language or Korean tone of voice better...
Lots of love,
Everyday Acts of Activism