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Monday, April 09, 2007

2 Pairs of Shoes fixed for 4,000 Won.

The shack in front of Dunkin Donuts is where I got my running shoes and pumps fixed. The shack aptly says, "Happy Suwon"- the city's slogan.

Inside sat this man, who flashed a grin and promptly began fixing (and shining) my shoes. The windows let in breeze and the bike he took to work was leaning against the side of the shack.

I couldn't believe how fast he was. The heels had to be sanded down and rebuilt. He did that, and glued the soles of my runners back in place in less than 5 minutes, all for 4,000 W, or 4 USD. He let me tip him 1,000 W- probably thought I was an American.

My shoes striking a pose:

He was friendly and as charming as a man can be when he speaks another language:

12 comments:

John said...

haha...cute picture Eva...

I think you just made that dood's day...errr...year?

;)

MUD said...

Good Post. Did they change the spelling of Dude to DooD? Heck you couldn't get your shoes shined here for $5. MUD

Anonymous said...

You look awful pretty =)

Josh said...

Eva's hair looks really wavy, like a Three-is-Company era Suzanne Summers, thinks Josh to himself as he longs to kiss her again (Eva, not Suzanna Summers. Been there, done that...)

Gdog said...

Nice work...I've always wondered how much it would cost for those guys to fix shoes--now I know!

Btw, he looks pretty happy in that picture!

Eva Karrin McKinnon said...

I thought I was having a god awful hairday, so thanks.

I also couldn't get over how cheap it was! I was ready to shell out 15 dollars to get two pairs of shoes fixed.

The man was hilarious. When the next customer shimmied her way into the shack, the man and I pointed to each other and said, "chingu!"

We are proud new friends, thank you very much. Maybe I'll bring him some kimbap!

Anonymous said...

what does chingu mean?

Eva Karrin McKinnon said...

Chingu is "friend."

Calvin Seung said...

He looks like my 3 grade teacher. Wait a minute, he IS my third grade teacher!!!!

Helena said...

Awesome! And now he's famous!

Anirudh Dastidar said...

were in suwon is this place..need to get my shoes fixed b4 going back to florida :(

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