Showing the Texans around Korea! March 31, 2009 – Tuesday

Well its hard to believe that I am a tour guide after only being here for 3 weeks but I have been charged with just that duty. They are both really nice and its fun watching them encounter all the weird Koreaness the way that I did. Plus its nice to have neighbors who speak english!

I had heard of this bar, The Crystal Bar, which serves beer in what are essentially bongs. They are not bongs though of course! We told the staff that it was my birth day and I got this bad boy!
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How excited am I right?
This is Milad playing in the jungle gym on day 1 ! What a guy.
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At lunch on that same day we discovered a pet store and Jessica almost went home with this little beast.
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The pet stores around here a funny, the pets look way too young to be bought and sold but I guess thats how they do it here. By the way I am looking into adopting a cat. Korea has problem with stray pets because the whole “lets keep a pet” thing is kinda new and trendy. A lot of people get a pet because they hear thats the thing to do then they get tired of it or figure out how much work it is. Anyways, more on that later.

This one needs some explanation. I guess that they do not know what the “middle finger” means here because we were signing “where is thumbkin” for music class and my principal starts flipping off the entire class! She likes to improvise little dances and hand moves to go with the songs and this was the end result.
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Now whenever we sing that sound all the kids do that middle finger move so we just do it right back! Wow, I love Korea.

This is a field trip that we all took with the class to a kids museum about recycling.
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Thats the whole class with me standing next to the principal and Jessica on the right.
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Koreans love this little game. Its not always played with balls but you basically have a time limit to pick up a bunch of stuff and put it in the right bin on the far end and you get a prize. Everyone from old guys drunk on the streets to little kids play it and they are everywhere.

This is just creepy.
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There were some fun statues outside of the museum but they were kinda scary considering the intended audience.
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This is Milad cross a busy street in downtown Busan. We were all amazed at the bravery of the traffic cop in the background directing traffic. The intersection had a signal so i am not sure why he was there but damn that looks scary. Especially because of the way that I have seen some Koreas drive!

More to come!
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Crossing the river into Busan.
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Busy shopping district in Busan.
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Busan Bridge at twilight.
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Mill and Jessica at sunset in Busan.
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Millad, Jessica, my supervisor Richard, my director Mr. Lee, and me at lunch together at a “traditional” korean place, on day 2!
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