Last Week in Korea

Sunday, September 6, 2015

This photo is from Saturday night, but since it was taken after midnight, I will count it for today. This is cheating because I didn’t take the photo but it’s still a photo memory from the day. I like it, anyway.

Hanging out with Kevin at MJ's Bar

Hanging out with Kevin at MJ’s Bar

Monday, September 7, 2015

We had some errands to run downtown this evening and were craving McDonald’s for dinner (only in Korea…). I realized I’ve never posted a photo of a McDonald’s menu before. Since they are all over the world, I know people like to compare menus to see how local cuisine and flavors influence this famous chain. Well, here you go!

A McDonald's menu in Korea

A McDonald’s menu in Korea. Click to enlarge.

As you can see, the staples on the Korean menu include the 1955 버거 (“buh-guh” or.. burger!), Quarter Pounder with Cheese, Bacon Tomato Deluxe, McSpicy Shanghai Burger, Deluxe Shrimp Burger, and Double Bulgogi Burger.

The presentation of your McDonald’s meal is also very nice. We are in Korea, afterall, where presentation is everything.

The burgers look really big and perfect, huh? That's because there is cardboard wrapped around them!

The burgers look really big and perfect, huh? That’s because there is cardboard wrapped around them! Also, you get reusable plastic glasses if you are dining in!

Tuesday, September 7, 2015

Tuesday morning in Korea is Monday evening back home in the States. This particular Tuesday was Labor Day Monday back at home, and our college football team, the Hokies, was playing Ohio State in the first game of the season! Since we beat them last year, and were the only team to do so, this game was highly anticipated. Kevin and I were teaching kindergarten when the game was on, so we sadly couldn’t watch. My dad sent me score updates throughout and unfortunately, after our QB was injured, we couldn’t pull through and score more points. We are starting the season off with a really tough loss but hopefully will recover! Anyway, I taught my kids how to say, “Go Hokies!” and got it on camera. 🙂

After school, Kevin and I went to Sung’s Buffet. I think this might be the nicest restaurant in all of Cheongju. It costs 33,000 KRW for dinner during the week, and the buffet includes all-you-can-eat sushi, crab legs, meat of all sorts, pasta made to order, soups, salads, Korean food, dessert, and chocolate fountain. It also includes all-you-can-drink wine and beer. It’s expensive for Cheongju but a meal like this back in America would probably cost double. Once I couldn’t handle any more food I went around the buffet again taking photos.

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Sung's sushi

Sung's sushi

Sung's Choco Fountain


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

One of our students wore a Redskins shirt today! It’s the first Redskins apparel I’ve seen a student wear so I got excited. I don’t really care about the Redskins that much but since I lived in DC for 4 years, it’s cool to see the city being represented all over the world.

Cute or scary?

Cute or scary?

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Yesterday, Dunkin’ Donuts was a fully operational store. Today, it is being torn apart.

Here’s a photo of Dunkin’ Donuts around 9:00 AM. They are taking it apart from the inside and carrying all the scraps to the trucks.

9:00 AM

9:00 AM

I walked by the store again later in the day, around 3:00 PM, and this is what I saw:

3:00 PM

3:00 PM

Since then, they have continued to work on the store. They put up no protection for pedestrians and shards of glass literally just fall to the sidewalk.  Construction here is so dangerous because the safety precautions are minimal. There should be a barricade around the whole area, one would think.

Friday, September 11, 2015

September 11

It is weird to be in a place that doesn’t acknowledge the importance of this day in America, but what could I expect? This year was a far cry from last year, being in New York watching the memorials on TV that were taking place miles from my apartment. It is just another day in Korea, but a good chunk of my thoughts were at home today. They were also somewhere else, which I will explain in more detail at a later time.

My kiddos did a cool project where they wrote about themselves and then wrote about one of their friends. This was awhile back but I’m only just taking a photo of it now.

Orion Class :)

Orion Class 🙂 Love them

Saturday, September 12, 2015

This day was eventful in its own right, but more detail on that later. I’m cheating like I did with last Sunday and posting a photo I didn’t take, but just a special photo memory. This is Kevin, our other 2 foreign co-workers, Waldo and Pani, and me. The 4 of us work great together and I wouldn’t want to work with anybody else! Good guys right here!

waldo ashley kevin pani

L-R: Waldo, me, Kevin, Pani 🙂

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Literally, the longest day of my life. This title used to be held by January 14, 2010, the day I flew from Sydney, AUS to Los Angeles, but September 13, 2015 has surpassed that by 2 hours, making it a 43-hour day! This is because Kevin and I flew from Seoul, South Korea to Honolulu, HI via Tokyo, for vacation. Hawaii is 19 hours behind Seoul. The easiest way to do the math is add 5 hours to Seoul time and subtract a day.

This was our first time flying out of Incheon Airport, which is a top-rated airport in the world. We could see why! If only Narita had been as nice during our 4.5 hour layover! Anyway, there are people dressed in traditional Korean clothing parading within the terminal. It was cool to see but I can just imagine having their job – walking back and forth all day with new people trying to capture photos of you all the time. Hopefully their shifts aren’t too long because I imagine the constant walking may get tiring! It was very nice to see, culturally speaking! The hanbok is a very beautiful dress!

Incheon Parade

Since I basically had 2 September 13’s, I’ll be posting another photo for the day, but from Hawaii! More information on why we’re in the Hawaii later. 🙂 Stay tuned!

(And no, we did not get married and this is not our honeymoon. Wishful thinking, you!)

One thought on “Last Week in Korea

  1. Great commentary as well as photos. Wow, what a nice looking buffet…lots to choose from. The kids are always so adorable. But I did love the face of the little guy wearing the Washington Shirt. My all time favorite is, of course, the first photo of you and Kevin. Such happy smiles. Great photos in general. (As usual.)

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