Saturday, March 22, 2008

Girls' Night Out

Tonight (okay, technically last night since it is after midnight) seven of us girls (and two guys who wanted to tag along) went out for a fun night together. We went to Tiare, a really cute Italian restaurant, for dinner. The food was okay, but the fruit juices and the dessert were out of this world! I had a glass of kiwi juice, which cost next to nothing and was delicious. For dessert, Nina and I shared a huge bowl of fruit bing soo, which consisted of fruit (strawberries, kiwi, banana), ice cream, syrup, shaved ice, and cornflakes. I am officially addicted. I must eat this delectable treat again, and soon!

While we were eating, we saw two other foreigners walking past the restaurant, so we sent Clare out to grab them and invite them to join us, which they did. They turned out to be a married couple who are working as teachers in Seoul. They're originally from California. It was fun to randomly meet more foreign people! I love how everyone is so friendly here in Gyeongju.

After dinner, we said goodbye to our two new friends, and went out to a really adorable coffee shop called the "Corner Cafe." There we had hot chocolate with Bailey's (so good!), talked, and played cards while listening to music. It was a great time for all. We parted ways a bit early tonight, so I got home at about 11:45 pm, as opposed to the wee hours of the morning like last night (technically two nights ago). Whew! What a busy, fun Easter weekend I'm having!

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"