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Seoul Forest

Eek I thought I had this post queued up to post, but apparently I messed that up somehow. oops.

During the last few days Andy was here the weather was beautiful.  On the Sunday before he left we decided to go to Seoul Forest.  Andy had been there on his own one day while I was at work, and he really liked it there.  I was excited to check it out.

We wore our couple shirts out and got a few looks and comments which I thought was super funny.  I got them kind of as pretty much a joke.  Koreans looooove their same-same and I just don’t get it, but these shirts were cute sooo we wore them out for a day in the park.

Seoul Forest is huge. Seriously so much green!

There is also a deer park, butterfly and insect houses, and tons of other things to do.  So we made the most of it, I think. First, we walked around for a while. Then we had been talking about getting a tandem bicycle so we went to the bike rental area and picked one up.  It was a rocky ride at first until we got smart and decided to adjust the seats.  much easier once that happened.

We rode over to the deer park and used the handy-dandy machine to get some food to feed them.

then ta-da deer feeding:

Normally, I am not a fan of caging animals in the middle of a huge city like this, but these guys really had a lot of nice forest land to roam around in.

Then we just rode around for a little half an hour looking at all the different parts of the park. After our bike ride we kept walking and headed to the butterfly house.  There were beautiful butterflies and squishy little caterpillars everywhere.

Sadly, the insect part was closing for the day when we tried to go in.

This place had a water treatment facilitation and eco forests as well.  It is huge. There were play grounds and sculptures.   It was so nice to see so much green.  There were so many people out enjoying the day. Families were camped out for the day playing games and having family time together.  I will say that Sunday is most assuredly still valued as a family day for Koreans and it is usually the day they spend fostering their relationships.

This was one of the huge sculptures and kids could climb inside and hang out.

Andy took me over to a bridge area that he had seen before.  It was really awesome.  It was nice to have the tables turned and have him showing me around.

Lots of pond area.

Also, there was that ever looming juxtaposition of the fact that this park is smack dab in the middle of this humungous city.

Then we headed to the small set of gardens we had seen that were set down at the this slope situation.  The flowers were beautiful and I really liked it…

but then I started noticing them.

looming

and it was not cool.

their spindly legs and huge creepiness. I really hate spiders. fact. and these were really big creepy things. I just imagined they were fast crazy guys and I just was itchy all over.  I made it through though.

ugh.

After this it was dinner time, but we weren’t ready to leave so we went to see if the guy who was selling pizzas he was making on the back of a truck was still there. Alas he totally was.  So we got a pizza for like 6 bucks and went back to the park to eat it while the sun was setting an end on the day.  We watched all the kids playing in the fountain and it was really nice.

 

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War Memorial of Korea

Sunday, Andy and I decided to go check out the War Memorial of Korea and museum. It was raining of course, but we figured that since a majority of everything was inside it would be fine.  We weren’t planning on spending more than a couple of hours there but actually ended up spending the whole day pretty much because there was just so much to look at and see and do.

Outside there are a lot of memorials that represent different things.

This represented the sword and the tree of life…I totally thought it was two sides of a bullet buuuut I was wrong. It was really cool to see.

These face ball fountain pieces did not have any explanation in English.  It was kind of strange though to see all these little faces on several of these throughout the court yard area.

This is a replica of a monument built for a great king.  Sadly, the original stands in China on what was once part of Korea during a heightened and stronger period, but now is Chinese territory.

This was a really awesome piece to see and read about.  The English text explaining the monument called the Statue of Brothers says this:

“The Statue of Brothers is an 18 meter wide and 11-meter high symbol of the Korean War. It consists of the upper part, lower part and inner part. The upper part of the statue depicts a scene where a family’s older brother, an ROK officer, and his younger brother, a North Korean soldier, meet in a battlefield and express reconciliation, love, and forgiveness. The lower tomb-shaped dome was built with pieces of granite collected from nationwide locations symbolizing the sacrifices made by our patriots. The crack in the dome stands for the division of Korea and the hope for reunification. Objects inside the dome include a mosaic wall painting that expresses the spirit of the Korean people to overcome the national tragedy and a map plate of the 16 UN Allied Nations that dispatched troops to the war. The links of iron chain on the ceiling signify the unbreakable bonds of a unified Korea.”

Bronze statues like these that represent all types of people on both sides that were, and still are, effected by the war between North and South Korea.  They were big and detailed and to me that made them powerful.

Also, along the outside of the museum was an area that displayed various planes, vehicles, and artillery used during Korean history.

This ship is an exact replica.  The real one is housed at a different site and unfortunately we weren’t able to see the inside, but it was still cool.

Then to get out of the rain we decided to check out the inside of the museum. There was so much information about Korea’s history as a whole, not just the Korean war that divided the peninsula in two.

One of the interesting, funny little things about Korean museums is that they seriously love using dioramas. Seriously, they love them.

The swords that Korean’s used to fight with were crazy big and scary.

awesome fighting details.

Pretty much hoping I can find one of these awesome outfits around Halloween.

huge boat replicas.

A flag that was signed by a volunteer corps during the war in the 1950s.

Tear drop made of dog tags from the Korean War. It was a really cool piece to see.

On the bottom floor there was a really cool exhibit we didn’t get to see but it was kiiind of like our version of gingerbread houses only they were made out of toothpicks and this puffed Korean cereal and rice cake things.  It was really neat.

I didn’t take many pictures in the museum because there was just soooo much to see, and I was really focused on reading what I could and just trying to keep all the things that have happened in the long history of this country separated. I totally recommend this as a place to see if you ever visit Seoul, just make sure you have a good chunk of time you can spend taking it all in.

 

Yeouido Park

Last weekend the weather of course was overcast and looking like the sky was going to open up and drop rain at any minute.  We have been very persistent about not letting the rain effect our plans if we can help it.

On Saturday we went to Itaewon for brunch.  We had the absolute best breakfast I have had since arriving in Korea.  We went to a place called the Flying Pan-Blue.  It is a little tucked away place that is super cute inside and busy constantly.  I was not surprised once I tasted my food.  It was hands down the best smoked salmon eggs benedict I have ever had anywhere. It was on fresh sourdough bread with sauteed spinach and a grilled tomato on the side. All the flavors and the colors were beautiful on the place. It was superb.  Andy’s pancakes with bananas, walnuts, and a scoop of ice cream were also super tasty.  I might have stolen more than 1 or 2 bites.  Sadly, my camera was acting up annnnd I didn’t get any pictures.

However after walking around the area for a bit we decided to just get on the subway and go somewhere, sooo we headed to Yeouido.  Yeouido is actually a little island in the river.  We went to the river walk and figured we would just see what we could find.  Well, we found some really neat things.

We found this really cool fountain area that is used by children for swimming, splashing, and fun.  The water isn’t more than knee deep at most points and the kids were having a blast.  There were families set up along the edges with picnics and towels while the kids ran around and had fun.  I was kind of surprised considering the weather, but I guess after what has been 2 months of solid rain at this point you just have to go whether the clouds are out or the sun is shining.

And I was totally that weird person sitting on the sides taking pictures of everyone’s kids.  They didn’t seem to mind so I didn’t really feel bad about it.

This is one of the main entrance walkways into the waterfront from the subway.

Awesome weird artsy bench.  There were all styles and cool concept benches all throughout the park.

Andy sitting on the bench while I took pictures from 100000 different angles.  I really liked how it was made.

The part of the fountain park nearest to the river.

There were so many different types of fountains.

Boys being boys.

Floating stage dome thing on the river.

They went all out with their floating rings, goggles, and swimming caps. So funny. Some kids were in their clothes, others were in their swimsuits, didn’t make a difference they were all running around being kids.

I loved this little guy. He was floating his crocs on the water and splashing around with his grandma. The water made him a little anxious but they were having fun.

and of course a photo oh Andy and I.  Apparently we always sit on the same sides in photos. weird. We didn’t go to the 63 Building that is on the island because of the weather and we also didn’t ride the awesome tandem bikes, but we definitely plan on going back or to Seoul Forest before the next week is up!

 

Changdeokgung

Wednesday we decided to check out Changdeok Palace.  When we first left I was worried because I forgot to take my sunglasses.  Not that it mattered once we got there.  We arrived and bought our tickets and noticed it was getting cloudy.  Then we were waiting for our tour to start annnnd it started thundering.  So far no rain, so no big deal…then as we were ready to start our 2:30 tour of the beautiful and well known Secret Garden behind the palace it starts to rain…hard. Since I had been preoccupied with my sunglasses I definitely wasn’t worried about an umbrella. So, Andy and I were getting soaked but decided to keep on with the tour anyway.  Then a really nice lady offered us a spare umbrella she had to share.  So we weren’t quite so wet.  It stopped raining by the end and we decided that the rain, while annoying, was actually kind of nice in the garden setting.  It added something so the whole experience.

The garden really is the main draw in of this particular palace. It is built into the side of a mountain.  It was the gardens used for the king and royal women.  All of the buildings are situated in a way to make you gain new perspectives and think about all of the ways something can be viewed.    It was really peaceful.

This is a royal library.  Sadly, you can’t go inside and see that fact for yourself.

Little place on the pond.

rain, rain, rain. oh and more rain.

One of the servants quarters…I think.

pretty little gateway.

This was one of the buildings that really focused on perception.  From one angle you can tell it is a fan shaped roof, however if you stand in front of the other buildings you can’t tell the shape at all.

And unless you are looking at this building in this way you can’t tell that this building has a triangle shaped roof.

little pond guy. The other side of this showed a pond that is shaped like the Korean peninsula.

Koreans had this thought that fountains defy the natural law and flow of water.  Water flows downward not up, so there are no fountains in older settings, instead they would create waterfalls.

This thatch roof building has something to do with the harvest and the king’s involvement. Sadly, I couldn’t really hear our tour guide at this point.

As you leave the gardens you are directed to look at this tree.  It is a 700 year old tree that was given by the Chinese.  It is one of the oldest and original things on the grounds.

Since the rain had stopped we decided to take a gander around the palace.  It looked a lot like the other palaces.  It is a law in Korea that the buildings be repainted and maintained every 30 years.  Also, most of the buildings are put together in this lego style.  They do not use any nails, the wood supports itself.

This is the main coronation hall at this palace.

and the inside.

and then the rain came with a vengeance.  It was pouring soooo hard.  Andy and I were sitting on this ledge waiting it out and across the walkway was a Korean tour group. It was kind of awkward and funny.  Finally the rain let up and instead of pushing our chances we just went back to the subway station and headed home.

The gardens were really beautiful and I am pretty sure I will try and check them out again in the fall right before I leave.

Samcheok Part 2

On our second day in Samcheok we woke up to a little sun.  Hopeful about the situation we decided to head over to the bus terminal and buy our tickets for the bus to take us to the Hwanseon Cave.  It is the largest limestone cave in Korea, and one of the largest in Asia.

When we first got there it was just breath taking.  Everything was lush and the darkest greens.  The clouds were all low hanging and misty.

On the way up I was being quite whiny.  It is a really super steep 1.5km hike to the entrance of the cave.  I had hurt my knee the day before on our impromptu hike in the city, and this hike was not helping how it felt at all.

Along the way up we saw some gorgeous scenery and a waterfall that gave some relief in the heat and thick humidity that was hanging about.

This was a water weight situation.

There were river ways and little rapids everywhere.

The Fairy Waterfall.

Then we got to the top.


Inside the air was thick and misty.  The whole set up is made of these metal walkways that flow through the cave.  We just kept moving slowly through the caves.  There were so many shapes and textures inside.  I just kept wanting to touch everything to see how it felt, but only got up the courage to do it a few times.

The air was so misty, and because I didn’t want to wake any bats just in case they were lurking about I didn’t use my flash for 99% of the photos I took which was a serious challenge.

These formations that look like the nests made by a certain type of bee were my favorites.

The inside really was huge.  It took us over an hour to walk all the way through the tour.

The ceiling was full of huge holes and tunnels.  Some of them dripped water others were just being used by the bats as a shelter away from all of the people and lights.

There was a sign explaining how some formations were named after shapes people saw.  This one is supposed to be naturally carved into a heart cut out.

No really it was huge. So much so we spent much longer than intended inside and missed the bus that we wanted to take back down to the city.  At first, I was really bummed, but as the afternoon went on I was really glad we were forced to stay a bit longer.

The reason I had wanted to get back to the city was because I had ridiculous hope that the sun would last all day and I would be able to sit on the beach.  Instead at the bottom of the hill we enjoyed this sunflower patch and lunch.  We went to this Korean place right at the entrance of the park.  We were the only foreigners and I did pretty well with reading the menu.  Andy liked everything I picked.  We shared a Korean pancake and some bibimbap.  A really nice little family next to us gave Andy some makkali and cornbread.  It was all really good.

Once we got back to the city we had about an hour before we had to catch a bus home.  So we took a cab to the beach and sat for about half an hour.  The water was cold and it was completely overcast so I was glad that we had been able to enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery instead.


All of the Koreans looking like New Englanders in the ridiculously cold water.  I immediately told Andy it was freezing and then when we felt it himself he said it was fine.  I prefer my warm southern water any day of the week for sure.

And of course like every post so far this one will include a cute picture of us at the beach. I keep forgetting that finally there is someone taller than me in the pictures.  I keep cutting off Andy’s head on accident. oops.

The bus ride home was only supposed to take about 3.5 hours but due to rain, traffic, and finally a detour we didn’t arrive home until 5 hours later.  We were both comatose sitting on the subway ride home from the bus station.  We definitely fell into bed and slept like rocks.  Our two day trip felt like it had been four.  All in all, it was definitely an adventure and I learned a lot about planning and researching, and not leaving it all up to fate.  And even with the ridiculous weather we definitely made the best of it.

 

Samcheok Part 1

Andy (The Boyfriend) and I had planned to take a trip with my friend Eileen and her boyfriend, Matt to Samcheok because we had a work holiday during the first part of this week.

We woke up at 5am on Saturday morning and started our adventure eastward.  We had a basic plan and itinerary. Though I must admit it was the most I had ever  been unprepared for a trip and already I can say lesson learned.  I am just not the type of person who can buy a ticket and it all magically work out for me when I get there.  No, life is not as awesome as it is in the movies when people travel on a whim, or at least it definitely wasn’t this time.

We were waiting at the station and Eileen calls me.  Apparently Matt is really sick and they won’t be making our bus, but will try and get on the next one…she calls me a few hours later to tell me that they won’t be coming at all.  Also, all week she had assured me that the weather was supposed to be wonderful and we were looking forward to some sun…it rained the entire trip there.

Finally after hours of being on the bus it stopped to unload. We got off the bus and started walking…only after wandering around for an hour Andy informs me that the station we got off at said Donghae and not Samcheok…why didn’t he say something earlier? Who knows Korea is a funny little place you never know what the buildings will say…so we are definitely not even in the right city.  We go inside where a guy tries to tell us we need a new ticket and a woman directs us to another guy who is the manager and we are put on the next bus headed the 25 minutes it takes to actually get to Samcheok.

It is still raining.

I had read on blogs about places to stay, only once we got there I couldn’t find any of the places.  I was getting so frustrated at myself, and our situation.  All of the hotels in the area were so expensive and just not what we had really budgeted for, because I had read that in places things would be cheaper.  It is stilllll raining at this point.  Finally we settle on a place and just give up the search.  I have a small break down about the rain and just really wanting it to be a good time and all it had been was a disaster up until this point.

Can’t cry over spoiled milk though, so we dropped off all of our things and headed out in the rain.  We walked in the direction that we thought was the beach…and we did find the coast, but it was the port and not so much the beach.  However, along the way we saw a sign and took a chance and went on a really nice small hike in the rain.  It was beautiful and had a park at the top of this little mountain. Andy  I ended up with a handful of mosquito bites, and I had almost convinced Andy that he totally should have gotten a Malaria vaccine, but really it’s not even an issue here. It was pretty funny at the time. So here are so pictures from our hike:

There was this really cute little bridge that we got to walk across.  Koreans really love putting stairs in places that people usually hike up.

After our hike we kept on heading toward “the beach”. We saw parts of the little city and some of it was so impoverished.  There are homes here that do not have showers.  There are public showers they can use if their homes don’t have them.

Houses up on the hills.

So many low hanging, looming clouds.

I found this little lonely sunflower. Then we found a park that was on the coast.

There was a big green soccer field.

This wooden thundercat character.

This really colorful walk-way.

There were ocean liners and stuff. oh yeah and us…all damp and tired.

Then we got to the port which was not the beach…but still it was neat to walk around.

Then we walked all the way back, ordered a seafood pizza, and watched the Harry Potter marathon on the Korean channel OCN.

oh and it was still raining.

Friday Night by the River

Last Friday night the rain finally stopped for a few hours.  To celebrate such a time instead of really thinking about our 5am wake up Saturday we went down to the city center.  I had never been to this particular area during the day or at night.  It was a nice little surprise to find so many awesome things in one area.

I took him there because I had this idea that it was a totally different place.  In dramas there is always a scene down by this huge dam here in Seoul.  At night when the water is released into the river there are beautiful lights and its so pretty on TV.  Well, this totally wasn’t that place, but we still enjoyed ourselves all the same.

Seoul is a city that sometimes has so much to offer and really it is a place to love.  Other times I feel so trapped by all of the tall buildings, crowds of people, and constant smog.  However, at night the city isn’t full of these blemishes.  It’s cleaner looking, brighter, and kind of mysterious.  I wish I had gotten photos to really express what I mean by that, but alas I wasn’t so lucky.  I did get some photos though sooo without further rambling…photos:

First, we wandered around Gwanghwamun Square

Awesome celestial globe guy, and a close up of the inside.

 

King Sejong, the man that brought Hangul to Korea, and the celestial globe guy, and a close up of the King.

It was cool because at the very end of the area was the gate to Gyeongbok Palace, which we went to visit earlier in the week.

and then there was a statue of Admiral Yi Sun-shin.  He is accompanied by a fountain.

and even though it was after 9 pm there were still children running through the water and playing.

Then we walked along the river where there is a little waterfall, just not the huge one I was expecting. ^_^ It was still really pretty.

the walkways down by the river were nice and a lot of people were just sitting and chatting.  We decided to do the same. It was nice to just have the ability to do so since it wasn’t raining.

There was a bridge and stuff, too.  We walked around for a while, we sat for a while, ate some dinner, and took our shoes off and just enjoyed our time in the city.  It was really nice at night. We are already talking about when we will be able to do it again.

I have a whole queue of posts that should be showing up over the next few days.  I haven’t had internet for some reason so I am just now able to get things up and going. ^_^

Monsoon season

I haven’t posted in forever. I suppose I haven’t really done anything new or exciting.  I haven’t even been cooking.  I am blaming monsoon season,  what literally has been weeks of rain with only a few scattered days of clouds or sunshine. I don’t mind rain.  It’s nice and cools everything off, but after days of endless rain it really starts to wear on a person.

I feel like pretty soon if Chanticleer doesn’t come back well…we all might just drown…or get eaten by owls or something.  and I feel like that’s totally a reference only my mom will get.

I started a new set of classes at work.  So far they are going pretty well.  They will all change again in about 2 weeks, but that’s okay with me.

And speaking of two weeks, today marks the official 2 week countdown start until The Boyfriend arrives.  In 14 little days I can take the forever long train ride to the airport to pick him up.  It is strange in how it seems like it was just a couple of weeks ago that we were even buying his ticket, and now he is almost here! Also, my boss had this weird day where she gave me all of the vacation time I asked for all those months ago, meaning I will get to spend 5 whole days not working while he is here and a 3 day vacation the whole company gets. Assah!

Of course though his arrival comes with the departure of Rachel and Sara.  They are currently traveling around Vietnam.  I am totally jealous.  They had a going away party a couple of weekends ago.  Our Korean friend Ken was there and brought all kinds of cameras with him.  One of them happened to be a fujifilm instax.  He let us take as many pictures as we wanted.  I took pictures of the pictures even though someone had put their grimy thumbprints on them which made me sad.

I also am looking to buy the instax 210, or maybe a different model I haven’t decided yet, for myself in the next couple of weeks.  They are a lot of fun and a good way to get some instant memories.

So, here are some of the pictures we took.  They also aren’t that great because the lighting inside Met is pretty low and using a flash was too reflective. annnd of course it was raining and I had forgotten my umbrella for the 5000000 time since monsoon season started so I had to pin back my bangs which made me sad.

The last one I got to keep for myself, and it sits in a little holder on my desk at work.

It was a good night. Lots of fun, laughs, darts, tears, and ‘hey remember that time….”

I should be posting more often after the next week or so.  I have mudfest coming up, and then all of the adventures to be had with The Boyfriend including our trip to Samcheok and a national park on top of all the awesome sightseeing to be had in Seoul

 

Happy 7 months

I have officially been in Korea for 7 months.

This past month has been a pretty good one.  The weather has been getting better and better, even if it is much more rainy.

Rachel and I decided to poke around and found our way up on the roof of our building.  there are signs posted to make you think an alarm will go off.  All lies. Instead we found amazing little garden boxes and weird chicken birds that look a little like hawks.  I want to take some pictures but haven’t remembered to take my camera up yet…cause you know it’s so far away and stuff. Point is, it has been nice that in this past month I have been able to grab a towel and a book and just sit on the roof trying to absorb some vitamin D that is fighting its way through the smog and pollution that is trying to fracture it in all directions or something.  Meteorology was two years ago at this point. how sad.

This month I realized I have officially been out of college for 2 years which means it is time to really think about going back.  I know that is some ways off since I would need to study for and take the GRE but still, I have been missing the role of being a student lately.

This month my friend Eileen celebrated her birthday with a masquerade party.  It was a lot of fun for the most part.  The best part though is that she took the opportunity to raise money for the Angel House, the orphanage that we have been volunteering at.  She raised over $300 which is just amazing.  She is such a great and giving person!

And of course I took some pictures of the night soooo here are a couple from the masquerade party:

Me, Eileen, and Rachel

Me and my coworkers minus Eileen.

Also this month I have been spending a lot of time with Rachel, Sara, and Catherine as pretty much all of them are leaving soon starting with Catherine this coming Tuesday.

A couple of weekends ago we went to a very affluent part of town where people drive porches, BMWs, and even Volkswagons which are expensive imports here.  We found this amazing little Italian place on a side street that was amazingly delicious.  I think we all were craving something that wasn’t Korean at all.  Of course we found one of our favorite, and very common mistakes on the menu:

Crap meat! In Korean the symbol that makes a B sound is also used to make a P sound sometimes soooo…crab meat and crap meat are often confused.

Buddha had a birthday recently and their was the national holiday here called Children’s Day, and that brought with it a small two day vacation that was both needed and necessary.   I never get a day off.  Even when I am sick with mild food poisoning like a couple of weeks ago, I have no choice but to show up.  In my contract I am given 3 sick days, buuuut my boss is…my boss.

Anyway, even though she can be SOOOO difficult sometimes, for once she was awesome and convinced our company to pay us before the holiday instead of paying us 5 days late because of the holidays and weekend. So we decided to take advantage of the early pay.  Rachel and I decided we would go to Everland.  Now I thought it would be an amusement park like a classic Six Flags or Carowinds, but alas it was very much geared toward children.  There was a redeeming factor though, the T Express.  It was raining when we went and we were lucky that the storms had pretty much passed by the time we finally arrived.  I love that Korea is so great about public transportation, but I made a joke about cross country skiing all the way there by the time I had take a bus, an hour long subway ride, and then another hour long bus ride, and a shuttle bus to finally arrive there in the first place.

I also realize that things like Everland should have their own post, but I just kept putting it off and now I am just trying to cram in a lot.  Sorry, guys!!

The T Express is legitimately the scariest thing I have ever been on.  For one there is a bar across your lap but not one on the actual car that you hold on to, just the lap bar.  You literally can’t stay in your seat going down the first hill.  It is awesome and so frightening.  Of course, we rode it twice.

Pictures!

The entrance.  It was still sprinkling then.

The T Express. You can’t even see the scary drop, but we were still definitely psyching ourselves out.

Part of the kids show and the other side of the T Express

There was a part of the park that had really pretty and awesome gardens.  It was also supposed to be Holland, which I feel is a really random choice, but whatevs.

Oh you know…we had too.  There are ones of Rachel too, but I don’t really feel okay posting them…so just me ^_^

Really awesome tree that was near the entrance.  The park closed at 9pm so we got to see it in the day time and at night and it was pretty awesome.  Also, we rode the T Express at both day and night which was awesome because it’s wayyyyy worse at night.

All is well and I still feel like time is flying.  The boyfriend is graduating soon and will be here to visit in 2 months.  I just can’t believe it’s already so close.

I know too that I need to start really trying to find a job soon.  I have been browsing and stuff, but soon I really am going to have to update the resume and get things going.  If you know anyone in Western NC that is hiring let me know. ha.

Until then though this month should be interesting and I am looking forward to it.

Umbrellas

Umbrella companies will never go out business in Korea. Seriously, they use umbrellas for every kind of weather element.  At first I thought it was kind of humorous and now I find it down right annoying.

In the winter I was surprised when every time it snowed , andwent the umbrellas.  Winter hats clearly weren’t good enough.  Then of course logically when it rains up they go.  Then there is the case of the Korean allergy to sun.  Therefore, when it is sunny all the ajummas put on their visors and up go the umbrellas.

It also is unfortunate that they use them so often because the height difference between me and most Korean women leaves the pointy parts of the umbrella at my eye level.  I can’t tell you how many times I thought I was going to lose an eye.

It has been raining a good bit lately and people that already don’t believe in personal boundaries take that mentality right along into their umbrella etiquette, too.  It is quite unfortunate and at times frustrating.

You can buy huge umbrellas everywhere and for ridiculously cheap.  I feel like every person owns at least 3 and I know in my closet alone there are 4 from others before me.  Every time I see my coworkers they are sporting a different shape or color.

They just love the umbrella here.