A Week in Photos #4

This past week started off beautifully, so much so it felt like summer….and you know what that meaaans! Ice cream season!! Woooooohoooo! Best of all, these scrumptiliumptions popsicles go for as little as 50 cents. Word yo, as it should be. 
It’s been nice to walk around and enjoy the weather and the smell of grass and flowers all around. The river next to my apartment has become a sanctuary. 


Korea is so …cute! Can’t help but take pictures of the little details. They love to love here. Sometimes it makes you gag…and other times you just want to smile and join in the cheesyness. 

Other times you stop and stare in confusion and think, “Did they really mean to name this cafe in such a backwards way? Or were they trying to be clever?” …. I’ll let you decide. 

This isn’t being clever … I hope. To have a stuffed animal made after an alcoholic beverage is either brilliant in a sort of evil way (see example here), or shows how puritanical us Americans are to alcohol. They must laugh at our bootleggin’ days. 

 

So aside from being incredibly brilliant in their business skills, maybe it’s Korea or the fact that 20 years have gone by, but I was shocked to find an old classic toy had been revamped. Remember when all you needed was patience and an imagination to make a dinosaur? Now it also comes with a battery pack to make it roar in your face. Sweeeeeeeet! 

Had a great time attending Mansell’s birthday pajama party 🙂 We watched a movie from the year he was born then headed out to watch an awesome band play at Urban. Live music….loved it. 

I’ve been pretty tired lately from work, theater practice, theater web stuff, training for a run, dance and the various etc.’s in my 
life. So using my random Korean word skills, I’ve come up with my slogan that I can pretty much use daily nowadays: 
오늘 많이 피곤해요 그래서 좀비예요 왜냐하면 뇌 없어요
Today I am really tired so I am a zombie because I have no brain. 
You should see the looks I get from people LOL. 


A Week in Photos #3

My bus ride was made so much better when I spotted this little boy “helping” take weight off her hands. He is so adorable! 

I got a nice surprise in the package my mom was sending me. As I opened it I thought, “What the…????” and had to laugh. My poor mother knew I had been so sick and decided to send me some tea. How that went through customs with no inspection is beyond me hahaha. 
 For three days I interviewed my freaked out students for a summer program where they have a change to be volunteer translators. They were so cute!

Had some of the best Thai so far in Korea. Drool … they make an excellent non-alcoholic mojito. Funny thing is, they double checked that we understood it had no alcohol. “Yes, I am aware most foreigners like to drink a lot. But yes, I will still enjoy this mocktail.” 

Matt always meets interesting people. This time it was a random grandmother sitting next to him who proceeded to tutor him on our train to Seoul once she saw him take out his Korean Language books. See what happens when a foreigner looks like they really want to immerse themselves in a culture? People reach out and connections are made. 

We went to Nami Island, near Seoul. A magical island.. promoted as a fairy tale of a place. ^_^

Play practice was extra awesome this week because I got to meet Koda. Rach and Simon adopted him the day prior. He is so freaken cute!
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A Week in Photos #2

The week started off with a beautiful powerful storm Monday morning, and it wasn’t so bad because it was like a summer storm. It was awesome seeing the dark clouds move over the mountains and bring the sun. 
It’s been a noisy busy week this week as supporters have been filling the streets pushing for voters to vote for their favorite candidate on Election Day, April 11th. There are 7 candidates running for Congress / Parliament. It wasn’t fully explained to me, and the people I talk to don’t really seem interested in politics enough to explain it. 
My friends have complained how the volunteers for each candidate have been driving around in these small trucks, dancing and chanting. These #6 Candidate supporters are wearing the candidate’s face. Memorable. 

Found the biggest book bag EVER! I want to crawl inside and have someone carry me haha

Snorted and choked on my breakfast when I realized what the name was. What a funky name .. heehee. Does it exist in America?

Massively stalkerish of me, but I love seeing Koreans wearing Brooklyn shirts. Plus see all the old people exercising at like 7 in the morning. They rock! … I wish we were more like that at home. 

They finally arrived!! (^_^) I love the cherry blossoms!
This place really hit the spot. It’s so popular, you often wait in a long line just to get in. Paper thin dumplings, a Daegu specialty, with a Busan-style gochujang, a hot paste made from chilli peppers, along with fish cakes and rice cakes (Ddeokbokki – 떡볶이). Sooo so good! 

My cast mates and I went for a night out, and I got to try out a new Western restaurant downtown. The theme that night was Hawaiian but clearly we lacked in that department. Needless to say, it was good bonding with them. 
My home for the past week and this coming week until our show on the 14th. Ouch how my body aches (ㅠ_ㅠ) but gotta make this show awesome! (^_^)

A Week in Photos #1

The week started off still recovering from a brutal cold from last week. A teacher was kind enough to make me Chicken Noodle Ginseng Soup. There have been many foreign teachers here who have experienced the hospitality of Korean teachers at their school when it comes to being cared for while sick. They take it to heart that you live alone and have no family to care for you. 

After being so sick for a week, it was refreshing to start a Monday morning with a beautiful sunrise. I couldn’t help but think of Norah Jone’s song. 

I was surprised to find that the footpath that usually helped me cross the river by my house was being rebuilt into a bridge. I’ll miss those steps! 

Spring finally arrived this week. I was walking around and couldn’t help but have a smile on my face. The good weather just brought smiles to everyone, it was contagious! So when I spotted the sun slowly melting into the horizon in this little beautiful alley, I just had to snap a pic. 

In that perfect night, when the breeze was just right and spring was just so present, we found this claw crane with the most random prizes. Take note of the Shrek key chain, the coffee Chiclets, hair clip and baseball themed lighter. In that mood I was in, it just made me smile and love Korea a little more. 

This car has been pimped out! This series is usually targeted for women, but these people went the extra step and added eyelashes to the car’s head lights. Great way to end the night’s stroll. I personally like the pink version of the Chevrolet Spark. 

A sign of spring!
It was Matt’s birthday week! So we celebrated at our favorite bar with our favorite bartenders ^_^

I had to say goodbye to Roman this week, who is heading back to Latvia (ㅠ ㅠ). One day I’ll visit you Roman! This is just a long “see you later”

We made homemade stovetop pizza! And by we I mean Dave…. the rest of us were awesome topping sprinklers ^_^
A friend played an awesome gig downtown. PMP Machine at Horus Garage – Great band, great songs. The vocals were just awesome!