2009 was a great year. As of February, I began teaching in Korea, went to Japan for an amazing vacation, and hiked, sang and explored my way through Seoul.
I’ve looked back and picked a picture from each month; a picture that in some way encapsulated that time. (This post is technically two years late, but that’s just a formality. All opinions have not changed.) Without further ado:
April was my first (and maybe still best) experience in drinking with business men. We met the self-proclaimed “Dancing King” of Korea; drank a lot of plum wine and soju, shot midnight hoops, and sang national songs.
May saw the first visit to Lotte World. Although the rides are sweet, it’s just as good for anthropological reasons; matching couple outfits, peanut butter squid, and hundreds of cute animal ears available for purchase.
June continued the theme of exploration, and led us to Seoul Grand Park. It’s a massive area, with an amusement park, a Zoo, and a Rose Garden. You can ride an air gondola over the whole thing and see nearby mountains like Cheonggysan in this picturesque place.
Summer break! A trip to Fukuoaka in Japan. One of the highlights was a daytrip to Beppu, a steamy town of monkeys, hotsprings, and sex museums.
In August, we went on our second Adventure Korea trip. It wasn’t the greatest, but it did involve some great river swimming. The river was clean and green–it felt like swimming in the Pacific Northwest.