Friday, September 24, 2010

Goodbyes are never easy...

Had to say a lot of goodbyes already since I have been here. It sux, but the way of life here when people come and go- some for just a few days visiting, others just finishing their year contract and ready to move to the next place.

This past week I got to spend with Chad, it was nice to have my big brother around me for the week. Got to travel and do the tourist-y things I hadn't gotten to do yet. We had a blast walking for hours around the coast seeing waterfalls, beautiful cliffs, and water rock climbing to name just a few. Feel like we did SOO much in a weeks time that we both are literally wiped out- for me I have the stupid sinus/throat thing back for probably the 4th time already- hoping it goes away soon to get back to rnning daily and training for my half marathon on october as well as the vball tournament.

I think Chad hated to go, he fit in so well it was almost scary as people just thought he was a new english teacher just arriving and already with a new group of friends. Some people thought we were a couple just assuming since we were the only blondes in the room, but that happens in the states too! Although we might've gotten on each other nerves towards the end of the week, it was truly an amazing time- my apartment although is a lot cleaner now but hard b/c of it being so small adn having two people in there- think at one point I had a beach in my room!

Now, its back to reality- work week- gonna be a rough few weeks I think getting back into the swing of things and not being homesick after he has left but thankfully I have amazing friends who will stick by my side, cheer me up, and get me through week after week.

We took soo many pictures this week- think it was a total of 180 because of all the beautiful and intersting things we saw, and yet didnt get to capture everything!! The memories are in our heads and that is the main part. I am going to be working on a new blog I think, one that I can customize a bit more and have photo albums so that people can see everything and not just a few favorites here and there. Will probably have to work on it during my breaks at school though as my computer here is a bit slower-- maybe in a week or so I will have the link up and be able to keep up the blog a little better-- just feel there isn't enough time to do EVERYTHING i wanna do! :(

Hope all is well wherever you are and definitely keep in touch- the emails and postcards seem to be dwindling by each week!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Fun Adventure

This weekend was amazing!

Although a bit sad that a great friend left to go travel thailand and the rest of asia before returning home to England I did manage to spend an amazing weekend with him and the rest of our friends. Didnt realize how much of a best friend he really has been for me in the last 6 weeks until it was time for him to go. Hoping that his pinky promise to meet up again in March will come true as he is hoping to make it back to mainland Korea.
Friday night was a chill nite, just hung out oustide of the apartment on the porch and talked with friends until 12-1 in the morning. Saturday went for a bit of a run/walk with Beth and my new running partner Gret from Iowa (been on a few runs and feel so good to be back into it!) and then off to the southern part of the Island to a place called Dannaeko. Took the bus there winding around the roads and an hour later walked to the beginning of the river to climb the river rocks that leads up to a huge waterfall.

Of course I had never been water rock jumping up a river like Beth and Caroline had before and wasn't quite as prepared! Brought my pumas but realized they were a bit to bulky and decided that barefeet was going to be the best option. Rob and I later realized how much that sucked though as we had freezing feet and had to scream when walking on the smaller rocks when the water was just too high. My experience I knew was going to be interesting, the first rock I jumped onto my cell phone flew outta my bookbag and into the water. Picked that up and took it apart and in my bag and kept going! Then, the girls thought it was be cool to take a photo on a rock pretending to be amazon women swinging from a vine. Beth and Caroline both took there pics and then my turn i went to put my foot onto the rock to balance and look like I was in action when I became in action quickly and fell off the rock. They thought for sure I had badly hurt myself, broken an arm or leg or something but thankfully just some bruised shins and an amazing pic that somehow Rob captured.

After falling off I decided I needed to put back on my pumas as I had some sore feet from landing. Climbed up through the woods a bit, slid back into the water on my butt and then managed to get my foot stuck between two rocks. Really wish Caroline had been there for a candid moment of Rob and I frantically trying to pry my foot out but they were long ahead of us. Somehow he managed to pull it out and on our way up teh river. We stopped about 300 M from the waterfall, climbed up to the real path that normal people take and saw the amzing waterfall and relaxed! An adventure but a great one!!

In hindsight I think we allr ealize how dangerous the trek was up the river but we really tried to be the smartest we could about things and in the end had an amazing time! Truly a great bonding experience for us all and something that we can all look back upon as a last time hanging out with Rob.
Me, Beth, Caroline freezing our butts off in part of the river.
**Will ad some more pictures from my own camera later tonight- at work so just took what I could from Caroline**

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Busy.. fast-paced life= my island kinda life right now.

Sorry I've neglected this blog, knew time would come for that to happen-- to tell you the truth though I didn't know what to say and didnt have any pics until this weekend.

Was just chatting with Beth on the way home from school today about how fast time flies here. I can't believe its already been almost 6 weeks here. It seems like just yesterday it was sunday night and I was complaining to a friend leaving how I didnt want to go to school and how long the week was going to be. Finding that to not be so true here!! Not a bad thing that work has flown by, but a little sad this week since two friends are leaving. I have only known them for 6 weeks but with one it seems like we have known each other for longer, we just have clicked really well and seem to have so much in common! Hope we meet again, who knows maybe after the winter Jeju will be calling their name again!

With time flying and people leaving I feel it only makes me realize some of the great things in my life and great things not in my life yet that are out there waiting for me to take a part of, opportunities I may not know of yet but sure am excited to see in a year!

Last week was a few celebrations being it was the last weekend Kiara was going to be in Jeju as she is going back to Canada tomorrow. We decided to go out and celebrate by dancing and going to a noribang (a karaoke room). Couldn't really go to the beach the past weekend because of all the rain but managed to find other things to do to keep busy and enjoy our time off work! The rain has finally stopped for the moment, and hoping for a nicer weekend this weekend so i can get some much needed sun and beach time!!

Since my last post not too much has changed. I am realizing how much I love it here and findiny more and more things that make me love it! So far I have tried so many new things from driving our scooter (yes we got it on mon. night!), to going on buses and taxis alone without knowing much korean, to eating chicken hearts, sushi (tonight!!), raw squid, dried fish jerky, and tofu. Need to note that I loved it all except the dried fish jerky which was just a little too fishy flavored for my liking, and the raw squid because it was just way too chewy.

Feel I've broadened my horizons so much by hanging out with other people from all over the world I've learned many different cultural differences as well as opened my eyes to many new things I wouldve been too scared or nervous to do in America. Here I am not scared to walk down the road one bit at night by myself, at home I hated even going into my apartment at 10pm. Hoping these new opportunities continue to come my way as I have so many more months here, so many new things to try and enjoy, and soo many new friendships to be made!

Last weekend while we were in City Hall us girls met a guy who is working in Australia, from South Africa. Started talking a bit because he was wondering about some of the tourist-y things that were fun here on the island. As we continued to talk I was amazed because he told me how he has been to all 7 continents and has ran a marathon on each. Checked out some of his photos and the places he had been to seem to unreal, especially Antarctica, how close he could get to the animals there. I realized how many more opportunities and places are out there that I didnt even know were possible to see. His stories of traveling the world were such an inspiration to me that anything is possible and how much more open I need to be to experiences that come my way.

Time can only tell what God has in plan for my life-- for now I am going to soak up as much sun as possible, sit back and make friends, and just have fun with my kiddos everyday at work!

I did manage to capture some great photos from this past weekend... Beautiful view of city, but notice the clouds-- it poured all weekend and week... hope to get pics from Beth's b/f TJ of Friday night hanging out, I was absolutely dripping wet- couldve rang out my shirt!!

Caroline, Kiara, and Serenity singing at the Karaoke room (Noribang) sp?

Sachen (from chicago!), jacob, rob, me, and TJ (Beth's b/f) at Noribang