Today I went for a run by the river and noticed how beautiful Korea is. I have noticed this before but not lately because it had been so oppressively hot out. Well, fall has finally arrived in Korea and it is gorgeous. I wish I had some pictures to show and will take some soon. Finally, I was able to get a good run in without feeling like I had heat stroke.
I used to not appreciate fall because I wasn’t into football all that much and knew what comes after fall (winter….eeewwww). This year I am so sick of the summer that I am welcoming fall with open arms. And, because boyfriend is so into football and because I really miss Husker football I’m even welcoming the football that comes with the fall.
So, it’s true. I always knew it was true, but now it’s official. I do have the best sister ever. A few weeks ago I longingly and wishfully posted about wanting a slew of September issue fashion magazines. Nothing important, or obviously, anything I need but something I wanted. Well, I asked my sister to send me a few things I had ordered from the U.S. of A. (cosmetics WITHOUT skin whitening products in them). She agreed to graciously send me my stuff and little did I know she sent along a whole other box full of my wants and needs (Starbursts and Skittles are needs, right?). Check this out:
There are six magazines in all. Besides the magazine and candy were some much appreciated and much-needed printed out pictures of my family and my adorable niece, Meah. With digital photography I never have pictures printed out, so it will be nice to have actual photos of the family around.
Kyle read about a website, dailymugshot.com, which is a website that takes your photo everyday. He started doing his mugshot and I soon followed suit. It’s pretty cool but also a bit scary seeing myself every. single. day.
It has been oppressively hot in Korea lately leading me to cease my workouts and generally lay in only one room in the house: the one with the air con. But, I have been forced to go outside every morning to take the dog out (one more day of dog-sitting!) so I snapped a few pictures of flowers growing on the street to brighten one’s day.
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!
I have just started dog sitting a puppy named Chloe. She’s a lot of work but a cute pup with a lot of energy. She’s a well-trained yellow lab and I will post some pics of her soon. There is also a video of her chasing her tail which is one of her favorite activities. And…..more on the garden TBA. Exhilarating, I know!
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.