It's been a nutty last few days. Two of our five friends (Jess and Zack) who left a few weeks ago came back to Busan Monday after travelling around SE Asia to grab their stuff (including one very adorable puppy) and head back to the States. I knew this was the last chance I would have to see them for a few months (if at all ever, but that's another story...) so I wanted to see them as much as I could. I get off work earlier than most people so I headed to Abhay's to hang out with them for a bit before we met others in Seomyeon for dinner. It was so nice seeing their faces! We met up with more friends at Beer Chicken to eat and then headed out for the night. Although working the next day was inevitable, working at 2:00 really isn't that bad so coming home at 6am after a night of amazingness was worth it.
Wednesday was election day here in Korealand so that means NO SCHOOL! Me and only a handful of other friends were off. While the majority of the rest of everyone still had to work, it didn't stop everyone from a long last Tuesday night in KSU before Zack and Jess were off again home. It was one last hoorah for them to get everyone together so that's exactly what we did. We all went to Sharky's for old time's sake for dinner then off to KSU we went. About 4am (?) we left where we were to head to the Spaceship Noraebang (aka greatest karaoke joint in Busan) where we all stayed singing our faces off until 7:30 in the morning. I got in a cab and got home about 8 while Al stayed out a big longer. I went straight to sleep and woke up about three hours later unable to sleep any longer. Since it was a holiday I pretty much just laid around all day while Al went Christmas shopping for me (!). Later Wednesday night, a few people were going over to Abhay's for "Christmas Night" with Irish coffees, wine and Home Alone and Christmas Vacation. I went a little early since I was off work and bored and helped decorate Abhay's place, which now looks fantastic thanks to mine and Jess's amazing paper chain making skills. Once 2:30 rolled around and I was starting to get really tired I decided it was finally time to tell them goodbye. I holed myself up with Jess in the kitchen for about 20 minutes just getting some talking in before some very sad hugs, gave Zack a cuddle on the couch and went on my way.
After getting hit on relentlessly in the taxi by the very young driver, ("You have boyfriend?" "How old are you?" "Very beautiful!" "Oooooh, so beautiful." All while continuously turning around to look at me) I finally got home about 3:15 and slept for a glorious 8 hours that I desperately needed.
It's now Thursday evening and tonight will be the last night of getting any adequate sleep until Sunday night. Tomorrow night we're heading off on our ski trip! We have to meet everyone at 2:30am to catch the 3am bus that will take us 5 1/2 hours north to the resort. There are 30 people going I believe and it's going to be a blaaaaast. We're definitely not going to go to sleep tomorrow, it's pointless. And then Saturday night there will be 30 of us in one amazingly large "cabin" with some hot tubbing and a lot of booze...who's sleeping Saturday night? That's right. Nobody. So Sunday when we get back will be the next chance I'll get to sleep. And you know what? It's been worth it.