Monday, September 3, 2007

Lost in translation...

I'm going to start keeping record of how many times I get lost in a week....

After a fun week-end, I told Yang and Dimitri I'd take the subway home ALONE - my first time!
So...they wrote down step by step instructions for me (so sweet, right?!) Yang wrote the Korean version in case I wanted to show it to someone and they'd point me in the right direction, while Dim wrote the English version for me. Right down to where I had to exit the station...

They walked me to where I had to catch the subway, bid me farewell and wished me luck. I wasn't really nervous...

....I had my little subway map that Dim gave me in my hand, following every little stop, until I realized we were stopping at different locations than my map.

I TOOK THE WRONG SUBWAY!!!

After realizing this, I got off at the next stop. I had no idea where I was, and asked about 12 people if they could speak English, until a woman at the bus stop helped me.

Well, turns out I ended up in another city altogether - 40 minutes away from mine. I asked this lady to please tell a taxi driver to TAKE ME HOME. I didn't care how much it was going to cost, but I needed to get home

The taxi driver couldn't speak English and kept speaking in Korean to me. Then I called one of the teachers from my school who spoke to the driver in Korean. Anyways, 40 minutes later we arrived in my area and he tells me that I hope him 2 million won (or something like that).

I freaked out! ...but I gave him 3 x 10 000 won notes and he even gave me change, so I have no idea what was going on.

......sigh!

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