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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

together at last



What a happy marriage this is.

Friday, April 24, 2009

for Casey

Some swords.


Monday, April 13, 2009

History, Mountain Climbing, Seoul


On Saturday, 4/11, Mr. Lee from our church asked Lewis and I if we wanted to go mountain climbing. We agreed, and it turned out to be a lot more than just mountain climbing. First, we visited the Memorial Hall of Korean patriot Ahn Choong-Keun (neither my spelling or the Wiki article's is incorrect; the transliteration is just a bit arbitrary). The museum was located in a park at the foot of the mountain. As you can see, the cherry blossoms were out in force.

At the top of the mountain we found a great view of Seoul (though hazed by
the 황사) and a little surprise:

But that wasn't all. We followed Mr. Lee around downtown Seoul for the rest of the day, and he gave us all kinds of interesting insights into Korean history, politics, and theology. I was thrilled to finally see some interesting architecture.

The night photos aren't very good, but you can at least see a bit of the downtown area. There's a lot of "downtown" in Seoul, but this is the cool looking part.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Everland (2)

The biggest deal at Everland is the T-express.



Above is a Youtube video for your reference. For coaster-newbies Lewis and self, it was possibly the most horrifyingly frightening experience ever. Here is the before and after commentary from Lewis, his co-teacher Hyelim and me.


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Everland (1)

Wednesday was a day off in lieu of elections in the Gyeonggi Province and Lewis and I went with some of his fellow teachers to Everland.

More too come...

Saturday, April 4, 2009

I-talian cafe



For those of you who care about such things: it tasted like a fairly long shot (as though the barista took a bathroom break at some point during the pull). It had the barest impression of crema - more like the faint Socratic recollection of crema wanting for maieutic assistance. The flavor profile successfully recreated a "Nyquil and vinegar" sensation, and the mouth feel was predominantly "orthodontic." Lingering in the finish were notes of cardboard, anxiety, and fermented Ramen.

downtown

this was too ethnic not to catch on tape.