I sold my car yesterday, but that doesn’t mean I have no where to go. I am still trying to prepare to go to America. I went out today trying to accomplish several things to prepare for the trip. I had tried calling the medical clinic because I need to check in with my doctor before I leave. However, one number I had didn’t work anymore and the other was a machine. I decided the first thing I needed to do was to connect with the doctor’s office. I hoped if I got there early enough, there would be a spot for me to get in today, and it would all be finished. I began my trek.
I got up early and headed for the closest taxi stand to my house. I was in luck because the taxis were lined up waiting for passengers. I was even in luck with the taxi driver because he wasn’t crazy at all. He seemed ver deliberate and serious about what he was doing. I was impressed until I saw him change lanes without signaling first. I guess not one is perfect. He dropped me in front of Women’s Ewha University Hospital in Mok dong.
I went to the international clinic. The nurse agreed that I really should see a doctor before I go, but she wouldn’t make an appointment for today. She made an appointment for Friday, so I guess I have to go back on Friday. Before I left, I went to the convenience store and bought a bottle of water and a rice ball because I had eaten breakfast really early and was afraid I would be getting hungry soon. I caught another taxi that was sitting in front of the hospital.
This taxi cab driver was easy to get along with too. I headed for the bank. He didn’t know exactly which bank I was talking about, but he was cooperative. He was surprised when we got there. I had had good luck with cab drivers. At the bank, I had to close my account. I sent all the money to my son in law’s account so I could open one in America and let him send it to me there. I had two banks, and the second one was in walking distance, so I walked to it. I walked through a neighborhood that we never go to at night. It is okay in the day, but at night, it is where everyone goes to party and get drunk. One Sunday morning, I had to drive through this neighborhood, and there were drunks still there form the night before. There was a pretty young Korean girl who had gotten drunk,and there were two men helping her walk across the street. The leaders among the students at KCU try to keep the younger students out of this neighborhood. The serious Christian students from KCU don’t like this neighborhood at all, and it is in walking distance from KCU.
I kept walking and got to the second bank. I didn’t have much money in this bank, but I closed my account anyway. The school had made me open it to receive my salary. They don’t give you paychecks in Korea. They place money in a bank for you.
Next, I headed for the phone place. The bank was behind Ganseogu chang, the city office. There was a line of police buses by the office.
I walked to the main road where the city office was. The phone place was down by Hwagok Station. When I first came to Seoul, I used to walk to Hwagok Station from where I was, but it is about a thirty to forty minute walk. The day is hot, and I am not as young as I used to be, and I didn’t want to walk that far. If I wanted a taxi, I had to cross the road. Taxi cabs only take people who are going the way they go. I went to the cross walk and crossed. I found a taxi to talk me to the station. It was a lot quicker and easier than walking. It had been a long time since I had taken a taxi to Hwgok Station, and when I told the taxi cab driver where to go, he didn’t understand. I had to back up and remember the crazy way I used to say Hwgok Station to get the taxi cab drivers to understand. I said, “Hwagong yong,” and he got it right away. It is spelled “Hwagok yok,” but that is not how it is said.
Down at the station, I had to cross back to the to other side of the street to go to the phone place. My daughter said had to get them to open the phone so I could use it in America. However, the people at the phone place said they couldn’t open the phone, and they would have to open it in America.
I decided that since I was at the station anyway that I would take the subway home. I used to use this subway all the time before I got a car. It only had stairs then, but they had new escalators,so I took the escalators. One of the reasons I stayed with a car was because the doctors had told me that I shouldn’t be catching buses and subways, but needed to go in a car because of my health.
There weren’t many people on the subway at all today, and it was easy to get a seat. I took the subway to Bangwha Station, the last station on the line. I was getting pretty tired, so when it was time to come out of the subway, I came up the elevator. There was a lady in the elevator, and I made a comment about how hot it was out, and she insisted I needed to get an umbrella to use, and it would seem cooler to me.
I headed down the road toward my house. I walked home from the subway station. I passed an outdoor shop and saw some tape. I bought it because I had used all the tape we had packing. I walked on home. It was hot, and I was tired. I was so happy to get in the air conditioning in the apartment! My trek for the day was finished, and I had accomplished some good things.