Saturday, May 30, 2009

We saw this.

Old Palace.
Lavender Trees.
Many Statues in squares.
This amazing design show. 
This is a lift.
A memorial to the saints.

A castle that had a view over Lisbon.

Friday, May 29, 2009

We ate this.



Oh my god.
Words can not explain the deliciousness of Portuguese food. The best meal we had was definitely salmon and strawberries and seafood rice.
It was really cheap also, and cheap and delicious things combine to make me very happy.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Lisbon, Portugal

We are back! In London anyway.

Lisbon really specialises in ALL of my favourite foods.
I truly ate my weight in:
Cheese
Fish
Coriander
Buttery potatoes
Custard
Coffee

and it was delicious. The most delicious of anything I have ever eaten.

I saw:
Sun
Many hills
Beaches
Leathery and roly Europeans
A palace
Balconies
Washing Lines
Cute old men
Trams
A beautful 1950's red crepe evening dress...maybe this was seen AND bought...

I took many photos. So many that I have to make room for them on my computer so I will put up later.

Korea surely hasn't stopped with my temporary departure - with the death of ex-President Roh and Kim Jong Il's itchy fingers shaking over nuclear and missile buttons, it's surely going to be an interesting last few months of my contract.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Finnish are odd looking people.

Just waiting in Helsinki for flight to London. Zing!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Misheard Lyrics.

Of course the K-pop scene is MASSIVE here and everyday I am bound to hear the song of the moment over and over again without even trying. 
I constantly have these K-pop songs in my head and the problem is the only words I can usually sing along to are the one word english choruses.
Thankfully someone interpreted some Big Bang classics, so now us Engrishy speakers can sing along too. 

Lovely Jade sent me this and I think it is pretty funny.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Songmo-Do Island

The company I work for promises the teachers 4 cultural field trips in our contract and after 7 months I finally got to go on my first trip to Songmo-Do Island.
This is my second island I have visited this month and I on both of these ferry trips I have discovered a common pass time that Koreans love to do: this is to feed seagulls squid flavoured chips.
It went against everything I have ever learned, but it was kinda of hilarious and a bit scary (in the way of being pooed on.) These seagulls must be the luckiest seagulls in the world.
I also spotted this bad ass babe on the ferry.
We then headed to the famous Buddist temple on the island, we had to walk up a GIANT hill (I had to use my extreme muscle power to pull up a tired Sarah.)
There were such beautiful, non photographable temples that were just so breathtakingly beautiful and peaceful.
Buddha was just everywhere.
As always, the ajosshis were just chillin.
You then head up even more stairs to reach the top of the mountain. (Couple look going to see Buddha - zing!)
Then, right at the top are many people praying to Buddha. Mostly grandmothers with walking sticks, hobbling up the mountain and then bowing up and down for such a ridiculously dedicated long time. 
Wishes were everywhere over the mountain - hanging from the lanterns, written on plaques and coins were placed on the rocks. Translated, most of the wishes were hopes for family health and good marks at school.
At the bottom of the mountain there were, as always, there were some beautiful Korean grandmothers just doing their thing, just as they do all day, everyday.
On the way home, we stopped at the beach for some token jumping pictures. So much traveling, so tiring. But lovely.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Poppy the Buzzy Bee.

When my dear friend Sam back in New Zealand decided to buy a Korean sized dog I knew that all the tiny mite needed was a Korean dog outfit. 
In Korea, if your dog isn't wearing an outfit people shoot you an angry glance like you are neglecting your pets fashion potential. (Think of the kind of face that people would give you in New Zealand if your dog WAS wearing a ridiculous outfit - Sam are you gonna take Poppy outside in it? Please do.)
Dog outfits can be bought on almost every street corner and subway in Seoul. The biggest size being that of a cat - just perfect for wee Poppy. heh heh.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Hot Pink Seoul Love

You know when a festival theme colour is hot pink it has to be exciting. After stumbling upon the Chungdeok-Gung Palace events, Kayla and I came across the Cheonggyecheon bustling with people and dotted in pink - the final day of the Hi Seoul Festival.
We got to write messages on buttons:
And pose with old fashioned Seoul photo sets complete with dressed up characters. I very embarrassingly almost pulled the hair shop apart, as a crowd of Koreans watched and took photos.
This AMAZING dance was performed where each dancer wore a t-shirt with a date on it, I felt sorry for the dancers because it was so hot. I took a really crappy video but it was really cool so you should watch it. 

And what's better than couple look t-shirts? "Daddy" and "Baby" t-shirts. Something I'm spotting more and more of these days.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Changdeok-gang Palace.

It was lovely and sunny. Luckily, we stumbled upon the changing of the guards as well as many costumed men in preparation for Hi Seoul festivities.


Kushy came too but she remained dark and mysterious to the camera lens.^^

Happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009