In the spirit of re-living our drunken university days – or post-18 Fridays in general – Danny and I ventured to Itaewon for some much craved Japanese style ramen at Menya Sadaime and a pitcher or three of beer at Geckos. Firstly, I can’t recommend that ramen place enough: it’s tiny, cheap, and tasty, a blink and you’d miss it kind of place. There’s an abundance of ramen here in Korea, or ramyun as it’s known, but authentic Japanese style ramen with the broth and soft meat and the gooey egg seems to be hard to come by, as is everything authentically un-Korean. I do want to thank Fat Girl for the heads up on this place; it was my second visit and it was even better than the first, even in the midst of a Friday night rush. We ended up sitting right at the counter, too, which was better than being wedged elbow to elbow on the tables. Because of this, people were actually eating alone, which is something you don’t see often here. Anyway, the whole meal came to 17,000 won, including gyoza, which is around £10. Insane.
We spent the rest of the evening in Geckos just talking and drinking an absurd amount of alcohol before calling it a night around 11:30pm and getting the subway back to Gangdong station, which is where we had the bright idea to walk to the nearest McDonalds. It wasn’t that far to be fair and the streets were heaving even past midnight, especially considering it wasn’t Seoul. So many 24 hour restaurants! I hadn’t been to McDonalds since being here, so it’s killed that craving.
Today, as a result, has been lazy. We woke up early enough, and Danny went out to a Twosome Place for much needed americanos, and since then we’ve walked into Old Hanam for a barbecue lunch and then generally not left the apartment. I don’t know the plan for the rest of the day – movies, Pokemon, browsing the internets. Tomorrow is not sounding productive, either. Blissful. However, next Friday is Elena’s birthday and the whole group is going out to an Indian place in Itaewon to celebrate. Plus on Saturday there’s a Pokemon event going on in Dongdaemun which of course I’m going to.