What have we been doing “these days?” (These days is an expression that English speaking Koreans say ALL THE TIME, usually incorrectly.) These days, we have been gallivanting around South East Korea, seeing what it has to offer, and secretly (or not so secretly) counting down the days until we are home. In 13 weeks we will be leaving, but until then we have been trying our best to live in the moment and enjoy our time here. Here are some pictures of life’s recent shenanigans.
A few weeks ago we went to a wedding for one of the teachers at my school. As soon as we arrived at the wedding, I was very aware that we had no idea what we were doing. The wedding was at the fanciest and most prestigious place in Ulsan, Lotte Hotel, and we were told that because of this we needed to give the couple $70 upon arrival as a gift to pay for our food (don’t ask questions in Korea). We followed the signs to the wedding, and when we arrived at the top of the escalator a line of people were staring at us, and we had no idea what to do. I panicked and called my co-teacher to come out and get us. She obliged, laughed with us and then told us exactly what to do, god bless that women. We then sat down at the lunch table which was in the same room that the wedding took take place. You could eat and watch the couple get married at the same time.
This event was a clear depiction of just how different Korean culture can be. As you can see, being at the wedding felt more like being at a show. The couple was broadcasted over two huge screens while they were getting married on a stage and we were eating. Also, the person who “presided” over the wedding was a high up person from the cell phone company the groom worked for. All in all, a very interesting endeavor that included wonderful food, so we were happy. The whole thing was very precisely timed and lasted about an hour and 15 minutes, in and out. Totally Korean style.
This is the Jinhae cherry blossom festival. Every spring for about two weeks, the tree bust to life with beautiful blossoms that cover the country. We signed up in advance to go to the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival, the supposed best place to see cherry blossoms. We were set to go on a Sunday and the Saturday before we had a massive downpour. Needless to say, when we got to Jinhae most of the flowers were now covering the earth instead of in the trees. There were some trees that were salvaged though and we were grateful to see those.
This week Lacey and Matt (Davo’s sister and brother-in-law) are coming to visit us all the way from New Jersey. We are very excited to see them and we have some fun things planed including a trip to Seoul and seeing Sigur Ros! We cannot wait! Stay tuned for our latest adventures and blog post about that!