Friday, June 29, 2012

장마 begins!

The rainy season came with a bang last night. Sunny in the morning, the skies slowly darkened as the day went on. By the time we got out of work, it was a torrential downpour. I don't believe it's stopped since. This is me after my bike ride home.


Justin and I are heading out in a couple of hours to do an overnight temple stay. I'm hoping the rain won't take away from the experience. Fingers crossed I can wake up at 3am and do 108 bows. I'll let you know how it goes...

Monday, June 25, 2012

Dinner Date with Chelsea

Chelsea and I went to Sinsa again on Saturday. This time, it was in the evening and we had a fancy dinner, followed by a couple of drinks outside Family Mart (just like a 7-Eleven in the states). We both enjoyed our meals and I would highly recommend Brunchic if you're looking to get breakfast food all day. She had french toast and I went for the more-traditional dinner food of butternut squash ravioli. To.Die.For.

Thanks to Chelsea for this cute collage. 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Best of the Scavenger Hunt Pictures

Team Awesome.
Last weekend, we did a little photo scavenger hunt. Justin made up a list of random things to take pictures with. There were 9 of us, so we split into 2 teams. I was on a team with Justin, Spenser, and Josh (a newer teacher at Avalon). We walked all over Seoul for about 4 hours and took pictures with ridiculous things. I won't put up all the pictures, but if you want to see more, you can check out Spenser's blog HERE. These are my favorites.

Spenser proposing to a stranger.

Soju

Bacon! We didn't win this one because it wasn't real.

Balloons. Don't they look happy?

Best accessory. We definitely won this one.

We had to do two of these to get everyone. Group jumping shot.



Nuns. Hahahaha. Josh's face.

Frog.
Made in Korea. I like our feet.

Couple outfit!!!
Lady frying street food. Hahaha, Josh.

Sword (pen) fighting on the subway.
Overall, it was a really fun activity to do. It was silly trying to get pictures of people without them knowing (lots of photo bombs)...and was great to see Seoul in a different way.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Summer treat!

Sunday, I bummed around the Sinsa area with Chelsea. We ate delicious sandwiches and sampled pretty (but not so tasty) cupcakes.



The best part, other than the delightful company, was the fresh-squeezed lemonade in a bag we got on the street.


Summer is definitely here!!


Thursday, June 7, 2012

beach getaway weekend

As I may of mentioned, we had a 4-day weekend. Justin and I went Mallipo Beach, which is on the west coast and easy to get to from Suwon. It only took a few hours, and we were setting up a tent in an empty campground and lazing around on a beach devoid of any people. The only slight problem was the big backhoe reconstructing...huge stone steps (?) that woke us up each morning. Otherwise, it was the perfect getaway!

Here are a few pictures from my ipod. Hopefully, more to come later from a real camera!

The first thing we saw on the beach! Drying..... rays?
Sunset from the tent. First night.

Starfish friend
Best Buddies
Feet pictures happened a lot.

Relaxation at its best. 

A new semester has begun. The last semester here in Korea. Feeling ready to be done and, as I mentioned in the last post, am trying desperately to live in the spirit of the moment. There is a lot to look forward to in the coming year. Day by day.


finding a little joy

This might be a little silly, but I'm going to put it out there.

I just danced (as in REALLY danced--back to my ballet roots) in the first time for.... many many months. Probably the first time in years. I jumped, pas de burrée-ed, swept my arms aloft and...smiled. Mind you, this is my box of an apartment. Darnit if I didn't feel ridiculously happy.

What brought it this on? An effort to heal my soul, perhaps. To get back to my roots. That, and this song. It brought out my dancing feet. This song, on repeat, has given me a gift. A memory of the joy I once found in moving my body; graceful and strong.



Sometimes it's good to remember those things that once brought you peace of mind. It's easy to forget joy as we grow up and become involved with different people and jobs...new lives. Why do we forget? Lack of energy? Time? I don't know. ...But I do know that it's nice to bring them back.

Working to find to my roots these days. Looking at schools. Dreaming of a future while struggling to live in the present.