When we were moving to Korea I got the idea that I didn't need to drive AT ALL while living in Korea. I thought to myself; 'there is plenty of public transportation, post has a bus system and if I ever need to go anywhere in Seoul I can take a cab, subway or bus. Plus - I do have a bike. There is NO REASON for me to need a car. We can save money and help the environment - yes, I'm going to go 2 full years without driving a car!' Sounds like a good plan doesn't it? I was 99.8% convinced I could do this. I thought I *might* have to drive in an emergency situation, but other than that I don't need a car. However I didn't share my thoughts with Hubby (or anyone) and it wasn't until we were on the peninsula and Hubby started talking about buying a 2nd car that I shared my thoughts with him. He laughed thinking I was joking. When I told him I was serious he looked at me like I had 3 heads and laughed again and told me good luck. (He knows me so well.) Then he told me that he was still going to buy a 2nd car because HE couldn't go 6 weeks without having a car (his Jeep wouldn't get here for 6 weeks from the time we arrived) and that when his Jeep arrived that we could sell the 2nd car if I still didn't want to drive. OK, I can live with that. (See how he worked that?) It took me all of 2 days to realize I WANTED a car.
Anyway, a couple of weeks went by and I was busy putting the house together. It wasn't until I put my curtains up that I realized I need my Korean driver's license. I NEEDED to go to the Fabric Market and I NEEDED to drive there. You see the last time I was here (2008-2010) I had curtains made for our house in Texas. Homes in Texas have MUCH higher ceilings than in Korea so when I put my curtains up they were about 3 inches too long! Grrr! I was so ready to have a completed house after living out of suitcases for so long and the curtains the were the finishing touch – I almost
cried when I hung them up. (Just FYI, moving is STRESSFUL and tiny little things can put a typically calm and relaxed person over the edge and bring them to tears.) It looked as if my house was trying to play dress up and it wasn’t pretty. So the next day I went and took my driving test and within an hour of getting my license I was driving to the fabric market (and I'm sure Hubby was having a good laugh on the inside although he never said a word to me about my crazy idea of not driving for 2 years.)
Once at the fabric market I went in search of my designer/seamstress. I had saved all the information from my last tour here. I had her stall number and a picture of her so I thought it would be easy to find her. I thought this will be simple - I'll find her have her alter the curtains and have them hanging in my house within 2 days. Well, as luck would have it, my girl was gone. Vanished. No longer in the spot she once was. I would have used the gentleman in her spot, but he wasn't very friendly and didn't give me the warm fuzzies, so I went on my way looking for my cute little designer. I showed multiple people her picture but I kept getting the little finger "X" sign, which means no. I'm not sure if that means they didn't know her or she is gone. Either way I couldn't find her and gave up looking.
I had 4 panels I needed altered and my friend did it for only 30,000 won!! ($26.64)
AND they were hanging in my house within 2 days.