Hope everyone in the opposite hemisphere is having a good weekend.
We’ve had a nice one here–one filled with galbi (very popular Korean meal with yummy barbecued meat), new friends, lots of English teachers, and some hiking and motorbiking.
The temperatures are finally hovering in the 60s and the cherry blossoms are blooming, so there’s not much to complain about here in the Land of the Morning Calm.
Though I will offer one small complaint: It has definitely NOT been this so-called land of morning calm around Joeng Gongan (our apartment aptly–or formerly aptly– named “good space”) as they are building another apartment directly behind ours and about four inches from our bedroom wall.
They are not like their American counterparts. These Korean workers start at 7 a.m. SHARP. Sometimes 6 a.m. And ALWAYS on Saturday and Sunday. Our alarm clock these days is something akin to banging metal poles, the dropping and therefore loud clinging of the metal poles, hammering metal poles, the occasional jackhammer, drill and Korean curses. It’s lovely.
Back on topic. We’ve had a wonderful weekend and met lots of new foreigners (known as waygookins in these parts.) Teach ESL Korea, the recruiting firm who found us our jobs and who I now also work for (see the newsletter here: http://www.connect2korea.com/NewsLetter/GIG-April.pdfewsLetter/GIG-April.pdf), sponsored the hike and dinner and day of fun.
Well, sorry for the discombobulated post but between the drilling and hammering and Whit’s requests for lunch, please, up the street, away from the noise in our heads, I’ve lost direction a few times.
Until next time.
PS…as part of the fun last night, Whit and I sang a duet in the noraebang–“I’ll Make Love to You” by Boyz II Men (thanks Sum). It was received with a lot of laughs from friends and a few really strange stares and awkward moments by some people who didn’t know us that well. Ahh well. You win some, you lose some.