Dear Korea,

Dear Korea - I've got a brand new bicycle....

Sport | September 29, 2010

Heya K,

So, things did change during our break.

My hair no longer looks like an escapee from a lesbian prison camp for one.

I'm not saying it's great or anything, but my Korean friends have at least stopped pointing to my head with a sympathetic look and a variation of "hair....so bad today - you have accident?"

Also, the last of the three pairs of jeans I bought from Australia died in a freak-barbed-wire-fence-jumping-incident.

They received the same ceremony as the jeans-which-died-in the freak- falling- spread-eagle-on-ice incident and the jeans which passed away after the freak-falling-down-stairs-while-drunk-dancing-incident.

That sad moment necessitated the Amy-needs-to-stop-eating-immediately-in-order-to-fit-into-a-pair-of-Korean-jeans incident, which began on the subway trip home after the jeans shopping experience and ended with the Amy-stuffing-her-face-to-forget-the-pain-because-while-Korean-denim-doesn't-love-her-carbs-do incident.

Also I bought a bike.

Her name is Esme. And I love her.

She is mint green with white polka dots and completely impractical in that she has a cane basket but not a lot of braking power.

But I found this note I wrote myself 24 hours after I bought her and thought I would share.

Bicycle cost - 200,000 won.

Bicycle cost after it was established prospective owner was not an American - 150,000 won.

Numbers of hours of bike ownership - 24

Number of crashes during bike ownership - 3

Number of scratches found on bicycle after first day of bike ownership - 2

Number of utilised signed bike paths which disappear into busy motorways where bikes are not recommended - 4

Number of near-death experiences - 8

Number of Koreans nearly hit by bicycle - 267

Number of Koreans actually hit by bicycle - 7

children - 3

adjummas - 3

non-descript Koreans - 1

Number of engagement/wedding ring searches in parks by the side of signed bike paths which disappear into busy motorways where bikes are not recommended - 2

Number of hysterical Korean women yelling at men while searching for engagement/wedding rings in parks by the side of signed bike paths which disappear into busy motorways where bikes are not recommended - 2

Number of engagement/wedding rings found - 0

Number of lights fitted to bicycle after bike purchase - 2

Number of lights left on bike after first 24 hours of bike ownership - 0

Number of muscles aching after first 24 hours of bike ownership - results still pending.

Anyways, K, I'd love to chat more, but I must peddle.

Yours in cardio-vascular fitness (or it could be if I peddled faster),

Me xoxo


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