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.
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.