Monday, February 25, 2008

Going Japanese

On Wednesday I am going to Fukuoka, Japan, I'm making all the preparations and it's a little bit stressful. With only 3 days there, I don't really have a lot of time to see things, but I'm going to try to cram in as much as possible.

I am going because, on account of my changing jobs, I have been ordered out of Korea. While in Japan, I am going to pick up my new visa that will let me start work at my new school. I'm excited about this part.

Next Monday, the new school year starts. I'm happy to be back at work, doing something productive, and to have a routine.

I've had all this free time over the last month and haven't updated anything. I attribute that to 1. lack of routine 2. Noel coming to town. Over the last few weeks, I've spent a lot of time helping Noel get set up in her apartment and learning her way around town. She's really enjoying it here; given her apartment (small but very new and modern) she should be.

I will be back to Korea on Friday, so I will try to post pictures on here and on Facebook and on Picasa. (See the link on the right hand side.)

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Happy (Lunar) New Year

Today is Lunar New Year; most of Seoul is shut down. It is the equivalent of Christmas at home. No restaurants were really open. So we went to Itaewon, the foreigner section of town and ate at and Indian buffet. It was pretty good, and for once in Korea, I was full for a while. We spent the rest of the afternoon looking in the few shops that were open there.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Costco Yangjae

Directions to Costco in Yangjae.

First travel to Yanjae Station on line 3.

Leave the station using Exit 7.

At the top of the steps you should be able to see the bus stop across from a 7-11.

At the bus stop, board the Seocho 08 bus. It will be in Hangul and will look like this:

Once on the bus, listen carefully to the announcements for each stop. They are all in Korean, however, you should be able to hear "Costco" and "E-Mart" in the announcement.

Walk about two minutes (follow the signs) and you will be at the Costco.

Don't worry if you miss the stop for Costco. The next stop is the end of the line for the bus, but it will deliver you almost to the front door of Costco.