Elevator Woes

Something, thankfully, I never had to deal with much in Nebraska or Korea are elevators. Such a pain in Shanghai as many buildings are tall, really tall. I work on the 27th floor, my yoga studio is on the 27th floor, and I used to live on the 21st floor, now the 9th. The time I spend waiting for elevators probably adds up to days, months over the years. I try to best use the ‘waiting time’ to talk with colleagues or read an article saved on my instapaper.  The only time I really, really wanted the elevator was when I had to walk up 27 floors. Rant over.

elevators

Under the Weather

………really under the weather.  I have been sick lately, so sick that Kyle lovingly refers to my cold as “the plague”.  After a trip to the hospital for a shot and some medicine I am finally starting to feel better.  This cold knocked me out so bad that I didn’t even get to celebrate my birthday or New Year’s.  So I’ve got some catching up to do!  That being said, cheers to the New Year ~ here’s to a new year and great times!

 

The (bathroom) Situation

That thing above.  I. hate. it.  Really, I do.  It’s not what you are thinking.  No.  It’s not a urinal; it’s a woman’s restroom in South Korea.  It is the bathroom I have to use everyday, several times a day.  Sorry for this post, but I just wanted to share a bit of South Korea with others.  Yes, some, not all women’s restrooms are urinals on the floor and they are not pleasant to use.  I was none too happy to find out that our very nice, modern school did not have a regular toilet but instead, it had that thing above.  For the most part restuarants and other establishments have regular toilets but it is not uncommon to run into a bathroom like the one above.  Oh, and be sure to bring tissues because the likelihood that there will be toilet paper is slim!

Post Vacation Depression

Don’t worry it’s not anything serious!

Vacation was like something out of a dream.  It truly was paradise.  Although, it was a bit tough to come back home to Korea.  There was a long day of travel involved and Kyle and I were coming home (to Korea) but not coming home, home (to Nebraska).  The long day of traveling, Kyle being pretty sick (I felt so bad for him) and the layover in the worst airport ever (see “Manila Airport…sucks post!):  the combination of  all those things got me down a bit.

Flying back into Korea reminded me of coming home from studying abroad in Australia.  Australia was a great time but I experienced some homesickness there.  I flew back into Omaha when I returned and I remember seeing the lights of the city of Omaha and being really excited to be home.  Well, Kyle and I flew back into Seoul and seeing the city lights was pretty but it reminded me that I was not home, home.  It did not help that we still had two bus rides totaling four hours before we got to our house in Andong and we just came from a beautiful place with anything and everything we could ask for.  Andong is great but we cannot get any kind of food whenever we want and most importantly it is still a half of world away from our family and friends.  I think I am getting over this sadness, but I just wanted to share because everything is not always roses but it’s life and I’ll take it!  Overall, life is full of ups and downs and you just have to be able to handle both.

The Manila Airport………..SUCKS!

On the way to and back from paradise Kyle and I had to experience the Manila airport.  We had a long layover on the way back home and were able to experience the Manila airport for all its worth.  I just have to have a rant about this.  The airport is the worst I have ever been in!  There is free wifi, but only ten people can be on the connection at one time (this is an international airport, mind you).  There is nothing to eat, but there is two cigar shops.  This is the most international airport I have ever been in!  Okay, now I’m done..thanks!