June 13, 2008
Today I played basketball. I have been playing for a week now or so, but today is a special day. I finally played against somebody! Woohoo! Before, I would walk around the courts, dribble my basketball longingly, and wish I knew enough Korean to say â€œCan I play?â€ As well, I doubt that the people there knew enough English to invite me to play.
Today, though, as I was playing by myself on one half of the court, somebody playing on the other half walked up to me, and, in remarkably solid English, asked me to play one-on-one. He asked me my name, where I lived, how long Iâ€™ve lived in Korea, and how long I would be here. We then played, first to eleven points, everything worth one point. It was fun. I beat him 11-2 but it was still fun. He was amazed by my moves (but, hey, so is the rest of the world), and asked me what time I come to the courts to play, because he wants to play more. Great! I have my first Korean friend!