Saturday, February 20, 2010
I know it's been a long time since we've written anything, but believe me, we have a lot to tell and catch you up on. Right now, I'm sitting on the couch in a friend's apartment in Daegu, about 4 hours south of where we lived and worked last year. This is because we are moving to Daegu to work. We came down here to take care of details like renewing visas and signing contracts. We finally found and leased an apartment yesterday too. But we don't move in until February 24th, so we'll take some pics once we do.
We might be doing a bit of backtracking to catch you up on all our adventures, because from about December 16th to February 11th, we were on holiday. The last place we vacationed was on Railay beach in Thailand. It was hot, sunny, beautiful, and had very aesthetic climbing. I loved the fact that I forgot what day of the week it was and that it didn't matter. I often didn't know the date or time. We climbed on our on days, and swam, read books, and tanned on rest days, along with getting fitted for tailor made suits, the first shopping trip that I thoroughly enjoyed. We ate $3 meals on a regular basis, and if you have never had "mango sticky rice" before, you should look it up and make it. That's what Rebs had for breakfast just about every day.
One cool thing about that place is that many people stay for a month or longer, and return often. So the result is that everyone kind of knows each other. In stead of it being a vacation where you just hang out with whoever you came with, you end up meeting people and climbing with them, and then meeting their friends. So by the time we left, we had met quite a few people who also live and teach English in Korea. Alas, it came to an end too soon. It was a lifestyle we could have lived forever.
What we came back to was a stark contrast. As our plane landed in Seoul in the early morning, there were snow flurries welcoming us back to reality. We proceeded to put on half the clothes in our bags that we'd brought and headed home. At home in Gangneung, we made a list of everything we needed to do before moving to Daegu. The only problem was it wouldn't stop snowing! It snowed through the night and most of the next day. When we went out for a walk, we measured it to be about 45cm (sorry, no inches on our ruler). So we did some packing in the house and watched a movie. But it was amazing to think that I had been shirtless on the beach 48 hours before.
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