Last weekend the team talked to me about going to Uljin, a costal city in our province that is about 4 hours away. I guess it’s a weekend trip with a couple of big games to be played there. Because the communication is limited between my team, and me rarely do I know what exactly is going on. Most of the time I just nod and obey the hand gestures haha. The problem is…last time they had a traveling game, they told me I could go, and they’d like for me to go, but b/c of some rule or issue, I wouldn’t be playing. So I might get bored, seeing as there’d be no one for me to really talk to. Well, those thoughts came up again, but they were not discussed this time. They acted like I was going, and I assumed playing. I was really thinking, oh, since I'm scoring more and getting better, they think I'm ok to play in the tournaments now.
Last night at Dragons (Korean friend/coffee shop owner/liaison to soccer) we were talking and it seems like if I go, I still wont be playing. Apparently one of the club’s “captains” has gone to city hall on more than 1 occasion, and called multiple times, trying to convince them to permit me to play. The team keeps arguing that since I have a Gimcheon address, then I should be allowed to play, but city hall is denying the request, stating that (translated) I am not naturalized. So I guess they really don’t want foreigners. And I’m still torn on what to do because the generosity and hospitality the team and individuals have shown to me is 2nd to none. Its shocking actually, what they go out of their way to do for me. So I don’t want to seem ungrateful or selfish, by not going with them on account of me not playing. So I really don’t know what to do. Decisions decisions. Regardless, here are several more pictures.