3 day weekend for Buddah’s Birthday. Went to Japan with Hyeon Mi and had a great time. Took an overnight ferry for 12 hours and woke up in Fukuoka, Japan. Just stayed for a single night and then jumped on the ferry back to Busan for another overnighter. The ferry we got an upgrade to first class and had a private room. It was really comfortable and a fun ride.
I’m always in love with Japan every city I see. Bikes everywhere, polite cars not running red lights, no spitting on the sidewalk, no loud adjummas/adjushis on buses and subways, people waiting at crosswalks, everywhere is clean and everywhere has trees, big parks, open land, the amazing food, small efficient useful products and knicknacks. The tiny super clean super efficient bathrooms and hotels. Clean public bathrooms with bidets, automatic seat cleaning, etc. A place filled with automation, maps everywhere, and kind/helpful people. I’d love to live there if I could, maybe it is possible…
We did a lot of shopping and I actually had a great time doing it. Japan sells a lot of quality good, outdoor gear too. I like their fashion a lot better than Korean too. I got a T Shirt a new swimsuit and some other stuff. An awesome thermos some Vans shoes and it all cost about $200 bucks so not too bad. The exchange rate from KRW to JPY is favorable right now.
My highlights were Zauo restaurant for dinner. You fish for your own fish. If you catch it they take $10 off the price. Bring the fish to the kitchen they cut up sashimi for half the fist and fried the other half. Really good and washed down with sake.
The second thing was some government building which you can see below. It was covered with trees. Japan really has respect for green space and sees value it in.
Overall we were only in Japan for less than 36 hours but it was a blast, and we did a lot. Here the pictures
So it’s been about half a year since my last update. Things have sort of settled into a routine and become a little less unique (less wow factor) so fewer things perk my interest enough to pull out the camera.
I took Korean Language class at university. A 10 week 200 hour course. I put in as much time as I could while managing full time work + 4 hr a day of class. I learned a great deal but I failed to pass the class by 2%. 70% is a passing grade here. Still proud I attempted it, and I may go back in the fall. I would really like to study while working less so I can focus more time on school work. Being occupied 7:45am-7:30pm does take a toll and I was really happy to be finished with the class.
My grandfather passed away recently too. Loss is difficult for anybody to deal with, especially when you are isolated and away from your family. Your peers don’t fully understand what you’re going though, and your family has to mourn without you. I lost my Dad while I was in Florida, my grandmother while in Korea, and now my grandfather while in Korea. This is by far the most difficult about living abroad.
I like both my new schools. The classes are small, the kids are fun, and there is very little paperwork.
The weather is warming up and it feels great to spend the mornings running on the beach and just taking it easy. Looking forward to swimming when it warms up more. I also threw $500 at a pretty nice used bike. Replacing some parts on it, but it’s a pretty decent hardtail MTB. Setting a goal of riding the 4 rivers trail from Busan to Seoul this year, almost 600km.
Still happily together with Hyeon Mi and thinking more seriously about things.