I'm back in the states now, after 2 months of traveling around SE Asia once my contract in Korea was up. So, I'm starting a new blog over here: http://mismatedsocks.tumblr.com/ with some pictures from the trip as well as other musings about moving forward with my life.
South Korea was an amazing adventure. I miss aspects of living there pretty much every day. That said, I'd like to give living in Seattle a go for a bit. I'm torn with wanting to travel/work/see the world but also wanting to start a life in the states. Not sure what draws me back to my home country, but for now that's where I'll be. Feel free to look to my tumblr site for updates and pictures.
Maybe someday I'll be abroad again and will come back to this blog. For now, it's time to let it (and all that went with the experience) go.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Hello there! It's a Monday again...and I'm heading into work after a full week of lazy vacationing. I decided to hang out in Suwon/Seoul for my vacation, in an effort to save money for the BIG SE Asia vacation headed my way in a mere 5.5 weeks. Here are a few iPod photos that I took. Ha.
|Outside my window. Storm brewing. We were supposed to have a typhoon...but it never really happened.|
|I spent the night with my pal, Chelsea, in Seoul. this was the scene the following morning as i walked to the subway. Wet and dreary. Hello, Rainy Season!|
The sun finally came out for the weekend, so Justin and I spent a "date day" in Hongdae, a part of Seoul that I wish I'd spent more time. It's near a university and full of artsy fun shops and countless cafes.
|I was nearing a low blood-sugar meltdown and this pineapple on a stick was the perfect cure.|
|Julio's Mexican. Their slogan: "Modern Mexican. It's better than authentic." I'm not sure about that, but it was definitely scrumptious.|
|Cuties waiting for the Rainbow Bridge to start!|
|IT begins. Too light out, still....|
|Ah, that's better! I'll post pictures from a REAL camera later this week.|
On Sunday, we went to the new Batman movie (great!) and visited our favorite Indian food spot next to Suwon Station. We go there so often that the owner/waiter knows our order. This time he said, "No change!"
Starting to feel the heart-squeezy moments as I think about leaving this place and life. With all of my complaints and yearning for home...it's been a fantastic ride. The next 5.5 weeks will be full of making (more) memories to store in my heart as this new life adventure--whatever it holds--takes root.
Sunday, July 8, 2012
The rainy season has joined us here in Korea, which means 80* weather with pouring rain. HOWEVER, this last weekend treated us to sunny skies and hot hot sun. Luckily, the boys had looked ahead and purchased (thanks to Drew's galpal, Lina) tickets to a HOT HOT game on Saturday. To give you a rundown, Doosan and LG share a baseball field. They are kind of, sort of rivals. And this game was AWESOME. I don't usually care for baseball (I usually just go to people watch) but I was definitely into this game. Drew, Lina, and Spenser are LG fans while Justin, myself, and Parham were rooting for Doosan. We were sitting in the LG section so it was up to the three of us to hold our own against the rival fans.
Oh, and Doosan eked out a win after a couple of extra innings, despite an in-the-park home run by LG. Whew! Quite a game, quite a game.
|Happy to be there!|
|I'm going to miss this guy! SPENSER!|
|I got a little obsessed with snapping pictures of kids. These two were my favorites.|
|Outfield section. We were front row, thanks to Drew and Lina!|
|Beer man. He had a keg in his backpack. Genius.|
|Wiped out. I don't think the game had really even started.|
|Cheering! (For the loooosing team.)|
|The group. Justin's taking the picture. I'm the only one smiling.|
|Parham! He's one of our newest teachers and is from New Orleans.|
|Christmas in July! He made me some balloon accessories .|
|Bracelet and hair scrunchie. AWESOME.|
|Rooting for the loooosing team. :)|
|What a cutie.|
It was a week ago, but I'm trying to be timely and get these pictures up now. Justin was really good about snapping photos...so everyone should give him a big thank you! :) Overall, the time spent at the temple was good. We had an interesting group....complete with a few children the first day... that made it for a different experience than either one of us was expecting. However, I must say that I felt more peaceful after the whole thing. Lots of sitting cross-legged and meditation. I got through the 108 traditional bows, which surprisingly, didn't hurt my knee (woop!). It felt good to get another Korean Bucketlist item checked off the list.
|We got pretty comfy on these mats after several hours of sitting!|
|Excited! (We had just arrived)|
|Yep, him too.|
|One of the babies who accompanied us the first day.|
|Guard for the temple. One of four.|
|Not proper temple etiquette...|
|The door was to let the spirit of King Jeongjo's father through.|
|One of our translators! She was great.|
|BIBIMBAP!! My favorite Korean food...and we got to eat it!|
|Gosh, those temple clothes look good.|
|With the sign.|
|We didn't actually stay in the temple, but at this, more modern facility, across the street.|
|The other two kiddos--verrrry energetic and creative.|
|We made lotus lanterns!|
|Our group with the Buddhist nun who guided us through the experience.|
|Breakfast! My first traditional Korean breakfast (rice/kimchi/etc)|
|Tired jollies after waking up at 3am.|
|He was handling it a little better. :)|
|Tea ceremony and Q&A with our nun. The end of the program.|
|That's us--in Hangul! (Just our first names.)|