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Trip Start Jun 29, 2006
Trip End Jun 26, 2007

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Monday, November 27, 2006

It really must be the holiday season because I am busy and stressed out!
I'd like to start by filling everyone in on October. The night before I sent my computer off, I went out for Kang's birthday and ended up at a party for one of the English clubs at the University. It was a great night where Brandon and I ended up hanging out with some kids from Sangjae's English club... which have since because rather regular friends! On Saturday I managed to find Fedex (with considerable difficulty) and sent my laptop home to be repaired. That afternoon I went to the University to meet with Mr. Jung's English club. After that it was time to celebrate Brandon's birthday. A few of us, including Hwaran (my roommate from AIP) joined up for dinner and then celebrated in style at Yes! (which we had also done on Friday night). Afterwards we met up with Kang and some of his friends from his military service and we went out yet again. Sunday was a soccer game at Munsu stadium. It was a cracker affair - me, my roommate, Brandon, and Melissa. The three of them ended up having a few drinks at a bar in Samsandong while I met with Winnie.
The next week was a big holiday in Korea. Chuseok! Actually, there were two holidays in the same week so many people had the whole week off of work! Stephen and I just had to work on Monday. October 3 was Korea's Foundation Day, which literally translated is more like the day the sky opened up and Korea was created. Friday was Chuseok, a sort of Korean Thanksgiving. People travel to their hometowns to pay their respects to their ancestors. Brandon, Stephen, and I hung out on Tuesday night and then on Wednesday night Sangjae took Brandon and me to Busan. We went out and about on Thursday, visiting the big market, Haeundae beach, the aquarium, and Onceonjeon (because I wanted to see some art installed around town for the Busan Bicentennial). Brandon and I caught a bus back to Ulsan in the evening. Friday morning we went to Kang's house for a modified Chuseok morning ceremony. Brandon and I even got to bow to his ancestors! It was a very cool experience. That night the three of us went out to Bangeojin to Kang's friend's house where we had dinner and played drinking games (there's no point in not just saying what we did!) until around midnight.
As usual I was the only girl and that was just fine with me! Saturday was pretty quiet, I just met up with some of the Asians to walk around Munsu. On Sunday I had lunch with Urara and Youngin then met Brandon and walked a long way to Seungnamdong and back. It was a nice, comforting holiday. I thought about going somewhere, particularly Japan but travelling during that time is crazy and expensive so I opted not to.
The next week Brandon, Melissa, and I attempted to go to Wal-Mart but ended up going to Save Zone because E-Mart was finally changing the Wal-Mart store into their own. The lady at the door did give us "Sugar bubbles" (soap) for the inconvenience. That Thursday after work I met up with Wonkyo and some of his inline skating club for some bowling. Wonkyo and I went for sushi afterwards. The next night Brandon, Stephen and I went to the batting cages and then out for a quiet evening. Stephen and I were going to meet Melissa early the next morning to hike. We did, trekking all the way up Munsusan (Mt. Munsu). It was good to be outdoors and exercising, even though the last 500m is a steep uphill climb. After coming back down, Stephen and I raced to Munsu for another soccer game and we managed to get their early enough to buy supporter jerseys. Brandon joined us for the game and this group of little kids that was at the game last time remembered us and we talked to them. Afterwards we met up with some Koreans for chicken at Oh!My Dak and then we met up with some more Koreans and Daniel (a fellow I had met through my old roommate).
I registed for Korean conversation classes the next week and met with the teacher. I also saw Wonkyo and Dean Jin and we discussed some things going on in the international studies office. My interest is in the possibility of a new position opening up for a native English speaker. They're still just working on the idea at this point. Brandon, Stephen and I had a western style dinner on Saturday and watched a bootleg version of Jackass 2 before meeting up in Mugeodong with some Koreans. On Sunday Stephen, Melissa, and I trekked out to Seonbawi (Standing Rock) which is actually fairly close to where we live (we could walk there from out apartments and it wouldn't be too far). It started raining while we were exploring the woods so we headed back. That night we met back up for Indian food in Seungnamdong. It was nice to have a different sort of meal for a change.
The next week our school had a going away dinner for Jennifer and a welcoming dinner for Anna. We had snow and king crab and it was amazing! That weekend Brandon, Stephen, Sangjae, John (one of the Koreans in Sangjae's English club that we love) and John's friend David (a Korean) went out for dinner and noraebang. On Saturday Stephen and I tried to go up to Paraseo waterfall but had to settle for Seungnamsa Temple because the bus driver told us he didn't go all the way up to the fall (maybe because it was autumn?) so we hiked up the river bed. We ran into David, which was ironic! That evening we met up with a bunch of people in Mugeodong for Halloween. There ended up being about 15 people at Oh!My Dak, including another girl from Seattle. Actually the group was about half Korean, half foreigners (mostly brought by Brandon's coworker Sara). Afterwards they headed to Tombstone (and later Benchwarmers for a halloween party) but the Koreans I decided to call it a night. On Sunday I met up with Sangjae for coffee and to check out the flowers on display at the university for "community days" then met up with Winnie and Hera, followed by a lovely, impromptu dinner at Youngin's.
Halloween was pretty uneventful. Our director and teachers told us that there would be no party or anything, but they ended up putting up decorations during the first period and buying chips and juice. We essentially had a game/snack day. Poor Stephen and I didn't have a clue what was going on though. All-in-all it was good.
The next weekend (I think it's hilarious that my important events are almost always on weekends... the weeks are pretty much the same from week to week) the cracker club (that would be me, Brandon, Stephen, and Melissa) went out in Seungnamdong with Hyunggun and went dancing. The next day one of my students and her friend came over to the apartment and hung out. Then I ended up at her apartment for a bit before meeting Yuran at the University to help her with an English paper. We met up with a number of Koreans for some drinks afterwards. Sunday was Youngwoo's wedding!!! Oh my goodness! Insuk drove Brandon and me and we had a lovely time.
They had a modern ceremony and it's quite short. Youngwoo and his new wife looked so great and we had a really nice time. That night Brandon and Melissa came over to the apartment and Stephen made us all macaroni and cheese. It was Brandon's first time in Cheonsang and the first time that he or Melissa had been to our apartment! We also went and saw Melissa's digs.

I am out of time for now! You're caught up on October and I hope to catch up on November!
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hey!im looking for fedex in samsandong.Do you know what bus to take or how to get there?

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