Monday, May 28, 2012

Buddha's Birthday Weekend!

Ahhh, the sweet feeling of a 3-day weekend. While many of you back at home were celebrating Memorial Day, those of us here in Korea were happy to give thanks to Buddha. Three day weekends are the best.

On Saturday, we went up to Seoul and had a barbeque on a friend's roof. Check out the view: 



Sunday, Justin and I took another great bike ride and managed to find a new (big!) lake. Hopefully I'll snag some of his fancy camera photos for an update about that...

MONDAY (yes, no-work Monday!), we went with Spenser to a temple here in Suwon. It was a mad house. I had no idea so many people would be there! Despite the crowds, it was great to see the temple on a holiday, all spruced up with lanterns and people.
Today, it's back to work ... Tues/Wed only! We get Thurs/Fri off. Justin and I are heading to the beach to do a little camping! Yahoo!

In other news, we bought our tickets to Malaysia for when our contracts are finished. On September 2nd, we'll be saying goodbye to Korea and heading off on an adventure in Southeast Asia!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

back!

I'm sad this isn't a better picture. It doesn't capture the delightful scene I came across while out for a walk at the park. Maybe a hundred kids--of all ages--were quietly doing art. Their parents were observing and taking pictures while they calmly completed masterpieces. It was almost silent, save for a few rustling papers and birds chirping.

I can count this as one of the most peaceful sights I've ever seen. Later, I asked my students what the deal was.  They informed me it was an art competition of the area schools. Fantastic!!

Monday, May 14, 2012

super weekend

I had a good weekend. The weather was that perfect temperature between too hot and too cold, Justin and I had some quality time in Seoul, and I even got to go shopping! :) Thank you to Justin for taking me on a celebratory (no loans!) shopping trip. 

We went to Yongsan Park on Saturday.



After the park, we went over to Itaewon to eat the best Mexican food I've had since being in Korea. We even had margaritas for a treat.



And, I had to take a picture of this colorful bicycle! Love it!




Thursday, May 10, 2012

new friends!

Animal friends, that is. I went for a walk today (sick of not getting exercise) and found these cuties. Don't they look great with the blooming daffodils?

 


In other news, it's been a busy week. Justin was on vacation, so I covered one of his classes, we're in the midst of making summer intensive materials, and I haven't been sleeping well. Good times. I'm so happy it's Friday and I will have 2 days of rest. I'm desperately looking forward to the two long weekends we get at the end of May. Not too long now.

OH, and in very very exciting news--I'm about to pay off my student loans. ALL of them. The exchange rate isn't helping me out too much at the moment...so I'll wait until Monday to see if it improves. If not, oh well. It's bye-bye to undergrad loans! WOOOOOP!

gardening without a garden

Most urban homes in Korea lack outdoor space. It's not uncommon to see the more motivated plant lovers create hanging gardens on their verandas. These plants make the concrete just a little less apparent. They remind you that there is life. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

cribbage sunday

Justin and I had a relaxing weekend spent at a couple of parks. I'll update later with pictures from Seoul Olympic Park. For now, here's one from Sunday, playing cribbage. He's up-- two wins to my one.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

knee woes

I took a chance and attempted a run today. Let's just say it was, in large part, a fail. I made it about a mile when I had to stop due to the pain in my knee. Sad day! The only thing that made me feel better was the view during my run/walk. I know I post photos of this park a lot...but can you blame me?! The flowers are too beautiful not to share.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Prep work!

Korea's Buddhist temples are getting ready for Buddha's birthday, which falls at the end of May. I love seeing these colorful lanterns displayed along busy streets, smack dab in the middle of the city.