On our fourth day in Seoul, we split into two groups. Christina and I went to a floral workshop that Christina signed up for and Grace and Marshellia went to do their own thing. Funny thing about the workshop was they supposed to provide a translator for Christina. But for some odd reason, they thought Christina speaks Chinese (I’m guessing there were probably a lot of Chinese participants in this workshop). We found out about this miscommunication the night before the workshop and they told her that the only translator that’s going to come tomorrow was a Korean-Chinese translator and Christina doesn’t speaks any Chinese. So as a last minute fix, I became the last minute back up plan. I’m in no way a professional translator, but I’m pretty good at understanding day to day conversations. So we thought it’s better than no translator at all.
We reached the place a little early and decided to get some breakfast first before heading to the workshop. When the time came, we were lead to this outdoor rooftop area where the teacher has already prepared some materials for the participants. And as soon as the workshop started, so did the light drizzle from the sky. It started raining lightly when the teacher was explaining to the group what they’re going to do for this session. Umbrellas were opened, and everybody was concentrating on listening under the rain.
When the teacher was demonstrating the technique she was teaching, there was this one girl who helped out the teacher and we both assumed that person was the assistant. But after a while, I started talking to her and found out that she’s also another participant. And guess what? She speaks perfect English. We quickly explained Christina’s situation to her and she gladly offered to help translate for Christina. And from that point on, my service was no longer needed. I ended up just hanging out and observing the workshop. It was pretty interesting since I never been to a floral workshop before.
The workshop soon moved indoor since the rain was getting heavier, which I’m kinda glad they did that because I was starting to get a little bit soaked since we had to share a small umbrella between the two of us. So for the rest of the workshop, we were all warm and protected from the rain. I ended up waiting for Christina to finish while drinking some tea that they gave to us. In the end, the teacher told her that she did a good job with her arrangements and we left as soon as she’s done with her session.