Saturday started extremely late, after a full day in Everland I was so exhausted that I didn’t leave my bed until 12 the next day. My friends and I decided to meet around 5 and go to Hongdae for shopping and dinner. We arrived at Hongdae around 6 and window shopped until it was time for me to break my fast (they window shopped and I spent $30 in less than 20 minutes). After dinner at a chicken place we went to the main shopping street in Hongdae, because my friend and her twin need color in their closet since every piece of their clothing is black. We went to this nice boutique with extremely nice employees with excellent customer service. For example, if you chose a piece of clothing one of the employee would show you 10 different ways you can style it – if you try on a skirt they will show you tops jackets, belts, and shoes that will go with the fit. My friend chose a nice skirt and me being me started helping her with how to style it and giving her suggestions. The ladies in the store didn’t speak too much English but somehow my nonexistent Korean skills were good enough that day that I somehow translated everything they were saying perfectly. At one point my friend asked how what was the best way to wash that type of fabric (that textile class from freshman year came in handy) and I explained it to her and the lady that was helping us was standing there listening to me (we realized she understood everything we were saying but just couldn’t speak it). She was so impressed with that she was like “do you want to work here” (in broken English of course) and at first, I thought she was just kidding so we all just laughed it off. Then somehow I started helping her with other customers in the store and when my friends were finally ready to pay they wanted to go to the ATM first and take out because paying with a card is more expensive but with cash, there’s a discount, so we left the store and came back 10 minutes later. So I think the two ladies were definitely talking about me when we left because as soon we walked back into the store one of the ladies came up to me and asked me how old I was and they literally handed me an application to work at that store, telling me that I didn’t need an interview to be hired, and I was genuinely so shocked! I was so embarrassed but lowkey so proud of myself, but i told her that i won’t be in Korea for long and declined the offer. Both of the ladies hugged me and told me to come to visit again.
I will literally never shut up about this, I was so happy when we left the store.
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