New information and my take on this weird place

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Monday, September 18, 2006

So, the beginning of my third week here. And i still can't find my way about. However - the taxi driver gave me a peach sweety when he was taking me to school today. There is kindness somewhere in this country.

So, last week I had a free period and fell asleep for the majority of it - in the staff room. Whilst sitting up. My head kept doing that floppy noddy thing. What a sight i must have been. I like to provide topics for conversation or make people laugh. So, its ok. That's my excuse anyways!!

Also, I want to tell you about something weird. There are men here, presumably legless men, who slither along the ground. I think they are balancing on skateboards, and their legs are wrapped in some weird thick black bag, well, it is attached to their body cos they have a lack of legs. Anyways, i was walking along in downtown the other day and this thing went slithering past me and i looked down and away went a wee man pushing a boom box playing korean music. I was like 'what?!?!?! what was that?!?!' and two seconds later another one went past!!! Its soooooo scary!! I felt like i was in Harry Potter or something?!?! Weird.

Whilst walking in downtown the other day, some random boy came up and started showing us magic tricks, and i was like 'Oh man! I have no money. Thanks anyways!' But he just showed us his tricks then walked away and dissappeared. Whilst he was magic tricking us, these people surrounded us and were taking picture after picture of him and then our reactions. Maybe we are on the truman show? or 'Look at these stupid foreigners' show.

The BEST thing here, or rather the weirdest yet cutest thing here is the fact that ALL couples wear matching clothes. Its adorable. Here, shirts are very popular. And all couples wear his and her shirts. Occasionally, the ones who must really be in love, wear matching shoes and trousers too. Sweet!! It's so funny. I will try my best to get a picture of it for you!! I'll be able to get about 5 couples in one photo - they are everywhere!!

Also, maybe my second favourite thing about here is that fact that for every car park - there is a dancing and talking lady to welcome you. She stands at the entrance and as you drive towards her, she does some jazzy move with her hands and tells you something - like have a great day. Or what a lovely car. Or something along those lines. I just love their dancing tho. Amazing!!! I dance back at them. And they have microphones and music in the background. The noise pollution in Korea is immense - there are no rules.

Outside every shop is someone with a microphone telling passers by why they should go into their shop. Crazy!!

Also, the fashion of flip flops and socks is basically code here. It is the done thing. Again - these people have more chat than I had expected!!

Weddings. Emma went to a wedding the other day, and OH MY. Basically, here, you get married in a hall. And as the wedding before you is going ahead, the bride is at the back of the room in a Glass box getting her picture taken with all of her guests. Here, there are no brides maids - only a girl who works for the wedding hall whose job it is to fix the brides make-up/hair/dress etc. Once the previous wedding has cleared out, the bride and groom walk down the aisle, are told to have lots of babies (as they dont say vows here or exchange rings) then walk back out and bubbles are thrown over the groom (as one mustn't ruin the bride) then the bouquet is thrown to a pre-chosen girl. They throw it about 15 times just so that they get the perfect picture. Amazing!! Then everyone gets a quick photo with the bride and everyone leaves. The bride and groom then go into a private room and bow to the grooms family (as men are more powerful in korea, and so only the grooms family count). And i think that is it. Wedding after wedding. One after the other. Every 10mins.

Interesting little place this is!!!

I must go now and teach another class. Au Revoir!!!!
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emyjane on

Weddings and all that jazz!
You tell the wedding story very well - almost as well as if you were there! Speaking of that!! The same lady who took me to the wedding yesterday is going to a wedding in a church in a couple of weeks and has invited me, you and Courtney! Fancy seeing the joyous occasion first hand?

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