New Crib, New Classes and Seoul’s French District!

The weekend before last, I moved out of my cube and into a new building across the street from work. Although the move was hectic and exhausting, I’m happy to be in a new environment. My apartment is spacious and very bright. I have a real kitchen now, so cooking is much easier. It only takes me 5 minutes to get to work in the morning and I have an enclosed shower stall. Woo! Here are some photos:

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I also received 8 new classes. So last week was kind of a disaster. I had a lot of lesson and monthly plans to make and had (still have) quite a few names to remember. This new semester encompasses a lot more work than my previous one, so I’m just trying to get accustomed to all of the changes. Nevertheless, my students are full of energy and have a ton of personality.

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This past weekend, Michelle and I ventured into Seoul’s French District, otherwise referred to as Seorae Village in the Gangnam district. I had heard a lot about this area, as it caters to quite a few French expats in Korea. The reason for its popularity began with the opening of an international French school in 1985. Since then, it has attracted many foreigners due to its abundance of quaint cafes, restaurants and its infamous French bakery, Paris Croissant. Although this is not an overly huge area to explore, it is definitely worth the visit, if not just for the bakery alone, for the Macaroni and Cheese at Shy Bana. Michelle, Sarah and I walked into Paris Croissant and were like kids in a candy shop. There were pastries, tarts, cupcakes macarons, chocolate, freshly baked pies, cakes and bread. They even have a restaurant serving brunch on the second floor! It was awesome. I ended up buying some carrot cake (which was super tasty), spinach bread, a stuffed olive crescent roll (surprisingly good) and some foccacia bread. It’s not cheap but I can assure you, it’s worth every penny spent. A couple steps away from Paris Croissant was Shy Bana. Apparently, there are a few locations around Seoul but this was the first one I had heard of since arriving in Korea. It received good reviews online, so we decided to check it out. Judging by its outer appearance, it didn’t look too fancy. However, it promised to deliver “American soul food.” Had I not heard anything about it on the internet, I probably would have passed this place up. We were pleasantly surprised. We ordered their Mac and Cheese set which came with a cornbread and butter biscuit basket, a coleslaw/corn salad and a decent portion of their original Mac and Cheese. We also ordered their popular Jambalaya and lastly, their Pork with apple sauce, potatoes and beans dish. All three of them were good. Not to mention, the portions were generous. We took home leftovers. I’ll be back for the Mac and Cheese for sure.

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After finishing up there, we headed back to the Express Bus Terminal subway stop. We spotted two thrift stores underground. One was fairly small but had a bunch of women’s tops/sweaters and pants for $2-3. The second place called Vin Prime was really big and very busy. They had so many items, it took a while to go through all of the racks. Fortunately, I managed to find a GAP jean jacket for $12, which I can’t wait to wear in the Spring/Summer. The great thing about Koreans is that they take really good care of their clothing. I don’t know if that’s attributed to so few of them using dryers, but I’m not complaining!

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That about sums up the last couple of weekends! I’ll be back soon. Enjoy the rest of your week! 🙂

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