Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Moving to Tumblr

So i've been really bad about updating on here. I've been playing around with tumblr and I think I will be using that from now on. It's much quicker for posting pictures and easier to update through my ipod during my lunch break. I've been giving it a test run to see that I actually use it.

Here's the link:

Friday, April 23, 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Thailand-scuba diving

I just realized that I never posted photos from Thailand. We stayed at Koh Tao and got our Advanced Open Water Certification. It was a great time. We rented a camera one day for our photography course. Unfortunately we did not see sharks that day, but we saw some pretty cool things. It was tricky getting used to the camera and not moving while taking photos.



Behind me is what Em and I called little Korea. There were tons of Korean couples with matching outfits that got off the ferry there.
Top deck of our dive boat.
A boat similar to ours with the gear on bottom.




Underwater prance..






Hangeul - Learning Korean

Long time no update.... sorry! Life's been a bit busy. Grad class just finished so I have some more time. A few friends and I just started taking Korean lessons. I love taking Korean lessons. Our tutor is pretty awesome and life is becoming easier. I mean I might be on a kindergarten to pre-school level, but at least we get some credit for trying. The reaction from my students is really interesting too. "Why do you want to learn Korean?" "Read this", "Your Korean is really good." or "Hahaha miguk saram." (the last meaning American)

I'll make a mini dictionary for you all:
안녕하세요? hello an-yong- ha-say-yo
미안해요 sorry mi-an-hae-yo
감사합니다 thank you kam-sa- nida
선생님 teacher sun-saeng-nim
미국 America mi-gook
한국 Korea han-gook
킴밥 kimbap
밥 rice bap- I first wrote bap just thinking that everyone knew what it was
하나 one hana
식당 restaurant sik dang
버스 bus bus- uh
서울 Seoul
정자 Jeongja
커피 coffee co- pee


There is actually an english way to write Korean, but I just kind of make up my own pronounciation. I will try to update with pictures soon. We just got back from snowboarding this weekend.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Snowstorm in Korea

We had a lot of snow yesterday that caused school to be closed early. We actually opened for about an hour and had maybe a dozen kids. Seoul ended up getting about 10-12 inches of snow. It was pretty hilarious to watch the snow removal process.

To begin with our school had "heated" sidewalks and roads installed. Apparently last year one of the guards decided to remove the snow the only rational way possible was by hosing it with water. Yes it did turn to ice. So naturally the next step was to install the heated road. Being from the midwest I knew any substantial amount of snow would not melt. Yesterday it failed. We didn't even make it half way up the smaller hill to get to school.

As for snow removal around town. Brooms- like halloween witch style, rakes, and pieces of wood nailed together were used. I did see a few shovels. The competitive Koreans were of course concerned about themselves and cleaned off the side walk in front of their business by pushing all the snow into the road. This caused cars and delivery trucks to get stuck. Fortunately for me I live a block from the subway so I only have to deal with that being a bit more crowded.

Unfortunately I left my camera at school. So you'll have to check out this NPR article for some quality photos.


FYI Heels are still worn in snow and umbrellas are a substitute for hats, gloves, and mitts..... can't compromise the look!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Beijing....Panda Adventures in the Forbidden City

Outside the Forbidden City... I would guestimate that it is bigger than my home town. The weather was a bit chilly on the trip, but this day was gorgeous. I just selected a few photos. We might have gone a bit overboard with Em's camera and using the timer. I guess Korea got to us.


I think this was on the South/East side. I think Chairman Li said this was part of the moat.
Commie hats...which we completely forgot to get at the market
In between two of the gates there was a pretty section with the water and many bridges. Be prepare for my excellent and informed guidance. Next time I will either read up on the Forbidden City more or get a guide, but it was awesome to wander.
Enormous!

Details on a pot that was used to burn something for something...


Lots of doorways, lots of tourists.

Love the red doors.


One of the more intimate courtyards by the "treasure rooms."

Going inside the gardens. I want to come back in the summer.

Outside by the north gate.
Artsy market "Sunday Market" I got some awesome original artwork. I could have spent all day here. A lot of the paintings are copies, but there are some very good originals. I feel bad for how little I paid for an excellent oil painting.