Hostel Lives

When I arrived at Down Undah Backpackers, there were a couple of Thai girls sleeping with their computers (does not everyone these days?) in the air conditioned comfort of this guesthouse.  I did not get any pics of them, but I managed to get a pic of some of the products that they bought (see Makeup Galore, below).

After they left, there arrived some girls from Russia.  Guzel and Leisan are from Kazan, in Central Russia, Tatarstan to be precise.  Here they are.  They are Moslem, but when asked more about their religion, Leisan admitted that “We are not serious Moslems.  We drink.  We eat pork.”  I asked them what they did on Ramadan, Leisan responded:  “On Ramadan maybe we send each other a text message or two.”

Leisan was a crack up.  When asked to explain why they slept in (not nearly as much as the Swede), she responded:  “We are on Kazan time.  It is 5 hours earlier there.”

Two Russian girls from Kazan.  Guzel on the left (viewer perspective), and Leisan to her left.

Two Russian girls from Kazan. Guzel on the left (viewer perspective), and Leisan to her left.

This is Simon from Sweden.  I have never met anyone who sleeps as much as he does.  He usually wakes up at 7pm, and goes to bed around 7 the next morning.  He wears his baseball cap reversed, hence the nickname “Justin Bieber.”

Simon from Sweden.  The first time I saw him he reminded me of a delinquent Canadian celebrity, so I nicknamed him "Justin Beiber."   He has been that ever since.

Simon from Sweden. The first time I saw him he reminded me of a delinquent Canadian celebrity, so I nicknamed him “Justin Beiber.” He has been that ever since.

Below is Nika from Russia.  She was part of the second wave of girls from Russia to invade Hongdae in the last couple of weeks.  It’s the Russian invasion.  Yikes!

Nica from Russia.  Another Russian girl staying at Under The Bridge.  Nica is/was a trooper and helped cleaning the floor today.

Nika from Russia. Another Russian girl staying at Under The Bridge. Nika is/was a trooper and helped clean the floor this morning the 28th of August, 2014.

I met Duc at Down Under Backpackers (actually,  Bridge Backpackers), in Hongdae.  She is from the USA, although she moved there from Vietnam at age 3.  When I asked her why people from Vietnam love Americans, in spite of all the bombs, she had this to say.

“The older generation does not really like Americans.  It is the younger generation that never knew the war.  As for me, I am grateful for the opportunity to live in America.  If it had not been for this war, I probably never would have had the opportunity to live in America.”

Duke is from Vietnam.  She migrated to the USA when she was 3 years of age.  She had insect bites on her legs from Japanese, Chinese and Korean moquitoes

Duc had insect bites on her arms and legs from Japanese, Taiwanese and Korean moquitoes

Insect bites from Korea

Insect bites from Korea

Insect bites from China

Insect bites from Taiwan

Duke's legs exhiting insect bi

Insect bites from Japan

Jill is a student studying business.  She is from Germany, and she came here to learn Korean.  She will be doing that at nearby Sogang University.  Here she is showing me a picture of her flying in a glider.

Jill from Germany is a glider pilot.  She has soared more than 250 times.

Jill from Germany is a glider pilot. She has soared more than 250 times.

Felix, or Schnitzel as I refer to him, showed up one Saturday evening.  The next day, Sunday, we were completely smashed by 9am.  Schnitzel will be studying Korean at nearby Ewha Women’s University, the creme de la creme of Korean institutions of higher learning.  Jill says, “Yeah, that is good for him.  It is all women over there, so he should be happy.  Could you imagine going to school surrounded entirely by women?  That would be absolutely crazy (think of a strong German accent at this point).  I could not stand it.”  That is Matahari from New Zealand in the middle, and Nick from England in the straw hat.

Felix from Germany, who I nicknamed Schnitzel.  That is Matahari from Down Undah to his right.

Felix from Germany, who I nicknamed Schnitzel. That is Matahari from Down Undah in the middle. Nick anchors the end of the couch viewer right.  It was not quite 10am, and everyone was very drunk.  Matahari kept saying “Gentlemen, grab your cocks.”  Schnitzel kept playing Motown on Youtube.  A memorable morning, to say the least. 

Joyce is from Singapore.  She is studying Korean at Hongdae University.  She is not quite sure that she likes Korea.  “The people here are a bit rude,” she says.  Still, she perseveres, often by killing time watching Japanesee anime subtitled in English.  Here she is hard at work.

Joyce, taking another stab at cyberspace

Joyce, taking another stab at cyberspace

This is Karsten, from Germany.  The English lads, Nick and Ricky, called him "Jim Carey."  The name stuck, as did the smile.  Karsten is one of the funniest people that I know. And he is usually sober.

This is Karsten, from Germany. The English lads, Varon and Rikki, called him “Jim Carey.” The name stuck, as did the smile. Karsten is one of the funniest people that I know. And he is always sober.

What blog entry would be complete without a picture of Yours Truly, hard at work

What blog entry would be complete without a picture of Yours Truly, hard at work

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4 thoughts on “Hostel Lives

  1. Лейсан

    Наконец-то могу оставить комментарий. На русском, я помню. ))
    Про Рамадан уж жестковато написано.)
    Не уж то там нет моих фотографий получше?)
    Я так понимаю мы открыли волну нашествия русских в дом код мостом.)

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  2. I have no idea what you just said, but I will Google translate.

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  3. Лейсан

    It wouldn’t help much.)

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