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Asia » South Korea » Seoul February 17th 2006

And a merry evening to you all... Hope you've all eaten well and are resting like good little boys and girls... ready for a big weekend as usual... We went to see some sort of stage show today involving cooking... knives... kung fu and all sorts of jive... it was pretty good! We had our mid semester exams... we both did fairly well... scoring 80s and 90s for most stuff... After the exams we had a bit of a party... at the end of it matt disappeared and came back 3 hours or so later with a box of frosties... who knows! Any hooz... I'm sure I'll find something more interesting to say once I look through the photos of this week... ... read more
A thankyou drink
Valentines
The Toad

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Seodaemun-gu » Sinchon February 17th 2006

Thursday Afternoon: I have just had the most traumatic last few hours. Two to be exact, and they were spent in the Woorie Bank. I first had to exchange the rest of my USA currency. Then I went to go open my account. I gave the teller my money order and she stood up and hurriedly escorted me back to the currency exchange speaking to me in Korean the whole way. This was after she had asked me if I spoke Korean and I told her that I did not. So I waited in line again at the currency exchange (after waiting in line at the bank). When it was finally my turn, the lady told me that the money order (which contained all of my money other than what I carried over on the plane) ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Seoul February 12th 2006

Well, its February in Seoul...and its a lot like January, haha. We had a good snow on Tuesday, and i promptly fell on my butt walking to school. It was pretty embarassing until the guy behind me fell down too. Saturday I got up at 4:30 am to get myself to Seoul and run along the Han River with my running group. We ran 11 miles and then went to the U.S, base and ran a 5k! So a total of 15 miles. Needless to say, I am a little sore today, but I feel more ready for the Seoul International marathon in March. Then after the run I was off to Damdaemun for a little shopping trip. I was overwhelmed by the staggering number of Gucci purses for only 20 bucks, so of course I ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Seoul February 9th 2006

Hey all... been studying a little too hard... not only did I have 4 hours of class this morning... I had an oral exam... and I've been studying as well... so many hours... this is much more than I'm capable of, as you all know... Anyways... so we don't seem quite as alcoholic as we have to date... I thought I'd take a break and make an update before we have our after exam parties... hehe. As for our pass times here... we've been doing a lot of singing... we met some deaf people while we were out one night for dinner... and have managed to communicate with them on paper and play a few games of pool with them. There's also been about 16 hours of snowfall and some fairly cold days... Overall, life goes ... read more
I don't wanna be a star!
English at its best...
The National Museum

Asia » South Korea » Seoul February 7th 2006

I leave on my trip in a little more than three weeks, and while I'm whittling away at my to-do list, I still have many things to do. The past six months have flown by and I have not been as active in my planning as I should have been. For example, I am still looking for a way to get the bulk of my possessions from Korea to the U.S. in an inexpensive manner. I think I'll have it figured out by today because Jackie, my girlfriend, is calling movers today and if their quotes are good, I'll use one of them. Otherwise, I will end up leaving quite a few possessions in my apartment for the next occupant to use, throw out a bunch of old clothes (which I should do anyway) and shipping ... read more

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Asia » South Korea » Seoul February 6th 2006

Happy Lunar New Year! I’m a few days late but apparently we just got through one of the biggest Korean holidays. My students explained to me that it is a time of offering to ancestors where the whole family gets together for the weekend to wear traditional clothing (hanbok), eat foods that are strategically placed on the offering table, and bow to their elderly who then in return give the children money. For Colin and I it meant a three day weekend and an empty city because everyone headed back to their home towns outside of Seoul. It was the strangest feeling to walk the streets with so few people. It felt like we were walking down a street at home actually…like downtown Edmonton on a Sunday morning. It made us realize how used to the ... read more
Near the first peak
Gimbap snack at the top
Jun and Colin

Asia » South Korea » Seoul February 6th 2006

What is it about Itaewon that draws one so consistently back? I know what people that have been here are thinking...you are lazy tourists that want to avoid the authentic experience and hide away in your own pre-established routine and plethora of expectations and don't want to be challenged or embarassed (HA! to those who think Itaewon can't embarass you). I think it is the hockey. Jen and I had an errand running day....back in Bundang. We were wandering the suburbian streets last night at 2 o clock in the morning because we were too tired to argue with the Korean cab driver about expenses and street names. Where's the logic there I wonder? So we have time to kill. So what if we chose to stick to the familiar. It is a very strange place ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Busan February 5th 2006

Sometimes the best nights are the ones that sneak up on you. The truth is, those are always the best nights. Small town Korea is a strange experience. Coming from a legitimate Canadian small town, I wouldn't say it is exactly the same thing. This small korean town is 500,000 people. However, if you find the right little hole in the wall, the right crowd, then you can still find that intimate good small town feel. But the intention wasn't really to party it up. If anything, I was just trying to go with it...stay awake. I have to retrain myself to party all night. Travelling isn't necessarily about partying, but it is about going with a good feeling in a good place, staying up if it means meeting more people, having good times. Last night ... read more
This guy is so rad
Dancing
Dancing some more

Asia » South Korea » Seoul February 5th 2006

Well, the day we were supposed to hike the famed Bukansan with Mr Rhee, the temperature dropped to about minus 14. At first, we werejust going to buy icepics for our shoes, but Mr. Rhee thought it would be a tad dangerous. Instead, we loafed around the local Musuems... they are all so giant! At night, Matt, the teacher here from Texas, took us out to "Rodeo", which is the happening spot for overworked, wealthy Koreans to let loose. We first stopped atanice restaurant called "alcohol hall", which was filled with Koreans dressed in suits...apparently westerners don't have to live upto thedress ode. There, we ordered some food and tried their "Soju", which is a cheap, potent, Korean drink - a standard for any night out. Kind of like what Oozo is to Greece. Our next ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Seoul February 3rd 2006

So much has happened since our last little blog... day 2 (wednesday), we found a nifty mountain to hike on the internet... "GwanakSan". So we hopped on a subway, and followed the people with the hiking gear, and found the trail entrance pretty easily. They actually have gondolas bringing up military officials (they have a base somewhere up there), but of course, since we're soooo hardcore, we hiked it. well, it wasn't as cool as the peak (kidddinnng)! It was so rad! nifty pine trees and mountains made of giant balls of granite were all around us... and we had a great view of the monstrosity that is Seoul below us. Apparently, Koreans love their hiking, so we said Hellooooo to them as we passed. Well, when we arrived at the top, a Korean named Mr. ... read more
Sushi Dinner
Geongbokung Palace




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