Saturday, February 5, 2011

Curveball life on Jeju... changes. moves. new beginnings...

Yes, my new year resolution may not look to be holding up too well, but I promise its only because lately Ive hardly had enough down time to skype my family and get the proper rest, let alone get my computer out and write something I put a lot of thought and time into.

Finally have a new home! A home, home! Not a small studio apartment where I literally eat, sleep,and get washed up in within feet of each other, but a 3 bedroom apartment with a proper kitchen, living room, washing room, and even a porch just big enough for two chairs to lounge in and drink coffee (or english tea! :) ).

Having a roommate is kinda nice, always someone to talk to instead of talking to yourself and have a feel more like a home since we are able to cook dinners, have friends over, and lounge around. Vicky my director has been awesome too at making sure its a home Liz and I enjoy as she bought us comforters, bright colored warm blankets, even pots, pans, dishsoap-- basically the whole bit, though I'd love to post a pic of the "sofa" she got us, as Liz is right in looking like something that one might find in a doctors lounge. Not too comfy, but actually the extra comforter and a few extra pillows we have are working as an okay place to lounge and watch movies or hang out.

Lately we've been having more people over since we can, watching movies, having girl talk. I'm finding I enjoy doing that just as much if not better then always having to get outside downtown and hang out with what usually turns into an obnoxious, loud, and sometimes embarassing group of people. Had a small party at the house Friday, thought it would be lame but ended up crowded and with a consensus that this would now be an amazing spot to chill!

This week we've been on vacation for Lunar New Year, lasted from Tuesday on.. did so much stuff I think this it he first I've actually sat and relaxed in the apt. for a bit and still getting a bit antsy.

Wednesday us girls attempted going to the green tea museum down south, however about 30 minutes in to the trip on the bus I realized the lady at the bus terminal had put us on the wrong bus. We thought we had found a gem by stopping at the trick art museum. Although we took a few pictures, nothing too exciting or worthwhile. Think we were on the bus for longer than actually at the museum!! We did learn to rock climb, suspend in air, and even turned into a giant!

Jeff, Bill, and Bill's older sister
Thursday was the actual holiday. Thought I was going to end up hiking an olle trail alone down south for some peace and relaxing me time, but ended up Wednesday night the director Vicky called to invite us to her in-laws to see the traditional holiday. I ended up going with her early in the morning to see and participate in it. Amazing!! Truly was great to see how much time and effort they put into this celebration and just how much they feel about their ancestors and family. Ate some fish soup, kimchi, rice, and many other Korean side dishes, followed by some amazing Korean pears and hallabong oranges. Ended up afterwards taking the directors son Jason and his two cousins hiking on a small place called Sarabong. Guess its only to take n hour but despite many stick fights and tired kids I think we made it back, all in one piece... in 2 hours!
view from top of Sarabong


Near Iho beach.. can u believe its like this in February??
Friday was the big party night, however its been so beautiful outside I wanted to go for another hike. Again about to go alone with my friend Tim asked to come with. Were planning to head down south when he suggested we stay nearer and just walk until we were either 1. tired, or 2. time to head back to get ready... Ended up hiking for I think almost 5 hours to IHO beach from my house, down along the shore, and then back along a main road. Found amazing bamboo we made into a candle holder, lots of treasurable trash, some cool rocks, and what we thought to be amazing Chicago Style Pizza by the looks of the van reading Chicago pizza Factory. No luck, but have to say I truly enjoyed being out in the peace and quiet, let alone learning how to skip rocks followed by a small nap on a huge dock right on the water.

Saturday I went to ultimate frisbee for the first time. decided that if I'm going to be in the tournament I better shape up, get used to throwing a frisbee (since many know I am awful at throwing a frisbee) and sprinting up and down the field. Though I had my doubts I would hate the sport, I actually can say I love it and probably found something new to do every Saturday morning!

As I sit here today, I'm excited to get to finally hike Sanbasan, see Yungmori, and possibly also Sangakson. Should be a great day filled of sunshine, laughter, and beautiful moments on the beautiful southside! Can't wait for the experiences that follow for today and to post some pics!! :)

Until then..