While the semester has gotten off to a mostly smooth start, a minor prayer of mine was answered when an honest-to-jeebus Japanese style ramen restaurant opened up near my office. I tried it last weekend and it came pretty close -- close enough -- to the real thing. (The place downtown is better but also more expensive. So be it.)
Thing is, I guess I'm not the only one jonesing for ramen. The place has been packed, with a line out the door, ever since it opened. And believe me, this is about as sleepy of a Daegu suburb as can be. But it's also a college neighborhood, and 4,000 won ramen (not much more than three bucks) is hard to turn down.
It's even got the Japanese-style ticket vending machine by the door, which I find cool and off-putting at the same time. Human contact is for losers.