Thursday, August 07, 2008

Who Needs an Alarm Clock?

I don't need an alarm clock- but this isn't just because I don't have a job anymore. My parents keep chickens and a couple of roosters. Haley, it looks like you're not in Korea anymore...

My flight was long and somewhat miserable and I never want to see LAX again, but I'm not dwelling. It's nice to be home. The smells and sights are familiar and it's so green here. The last time I saw so many trees line the road was probably when I was driving to the airport on my way to Korea. I love seeing gardens, front lawns and grassy playing fields. The sense and scope of open space is calming.

How lucky we are.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Good Bye Korea!

By this time tomorrow I'll be in Tokyo! Am I sad to go? Unfortunately, that question is tied to the considerable stress I'm feeling about not having been paid yet. My boss emailed me this morning threatening to withhold a good chunk of change. Great. Way to make my last day all the more special!

A last look at Cheongju:


I don't think this store would be very popular in America

Green tea yogurt from my favorite cafe

Side entrance for the open market

Old women selling produce

The road on the way to my apartment from downtown

Chungdae- popular going out area in Cheongju

Fried potatoes and onions with cheese served along with tomatoes, pickles, canned corn and hard boiled eggs to accompany soju

I'm ready to go home.
Bossam (Boiled Pork) Lunch Set

Another favorite!

Main meal: boiled pork with kimchi

Half the side dishes


Tofu soup

Little shrimp

Dried fish and veggies

Because you always need more raw garlic

Cold kimchi soup

Marinated raw onions