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Monday, May 23, 2011


It's been a while since I've posted. I don't really have anything funny to say so I'll just let you all know what I've been up to.

I.     Japan

At the beginning of May I went to Okinawa, Japan with my friend Frances for a week. It was a nice, relaxing vacation. It was the first time I'd warn flip flops this season. Twas a nice way to bring in the summer. Luckily Korea got the hit that it's almost summer time and to warm up. We stayed with a friend of Frances' who's stationed in Okinawa. Her hospitality was greatly appreciated, as we got to eat REALLLLL American food. Even a simple turkey sandwich is a food that should not be taken for granted. You'd miss it if you couldn't have it. I know this, first hand. 

There are a few differences I noticed between the Japan/Japanese people and Korea/Koreans:

  • They don't stare as much. 
  • They're better drivers.
  • Where Koreans use red pepper paste (which is on every food) Japanese use soy sauce.
  • It's cleaner (ie doesn't smell like sewage, fish or garlic everywhere).
  • Everything is more expensive. (Because it's an island so everything has to be imported.)
  • While Koreans live in business casual clothes, Okinawans live in sweats. 
  • On the island, at least, you basically have to have a car to get around. Korea has good public transportation everywhere.

Okinawa, Japan during low tide.

II.     Cat

I got a cat. Being alone in my apartment a lot becomes quite lonely. I saw on facebook that a fellow teacher in Pohang had a cat who needed a home. I had already been thinking about getting a pet but had some reservations because a puppy would require wayyyy too much work and time and I wouldn't know what to do with it when I go home. That, and all living things die under my care. The most significant disaster was my tarantula in high school. Poor Svetlana, may she rest in peace. (I even kill cacti.) 

I was making excuses not to take the cat, ie it probably sheds a lot and I don't need any more substances to sweep up every day. In the end I picked the cat up that night. She's a really sweet and cuddly cat but also fine if she's left alone. My kind of pet.

Puss Puss

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