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Out of Boredom pt.3

 

Daniel looking out at our beautiful West coast archipelago (2008)

Taking a break from paddling when out canoeing with friends (2008)

Here we are, making our way down the river (2008)

At Jacek's playing Ludo with shots (2009)

At the Gothenburg Book & Library Fair talking about Belarus and election observation (2009)

On our way home after a long night in Gothenburg, Sweden (2007)

Yet again in the wonderful Swedish western archipelago. This time for Sandy's 25th. (2008)

Daniel and dad getting the boat ready (2008)

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Out of Boredom pt.2

 

Election observation gang in Lithuania (2009)

Taking a break in the election observation to take fancy pics in a rape-seed field, Lithuania (2009)

Fort-climbing in Tbilisi, Georgia (2009)

The girls were the forerunners while climbing the fort in Tbilisi (2009)

The girls found a seal (sheep) that the Japanese-Norwegian wanted to club to death (Tbilisi 2009)

Playing music chair with lenient rules at seminar in Tbilisi (2009)

Roomates, at dinner in Tbilisi (2009)

At Cultural Evening in Tbilisi (2009)

Looking bored but I'm actually just tired after 19 hrs of election observation and driving through Lithuania all night

Out of Boredom pt.1

I can’t sleepand I’m bored so I’ve been taking a walk down memory lane, picking up quite some photos that I feel extra fuzzy about, or that I just find entertaining. Starting with Korea -06 and -07.

Bio

Meeting my bio-parents for the first time in 23 years (2006)

 

Me with my three bio-sisters and two nieces (2006)

At the DMZ (2006)

With my bio-dad in Gyeongju, S. Korea (2006)

Daniel and I at the White Closing Party of IKAA (2007)

The Wigren twins do the Locomotive at a noraebang (2007)

Clubbing in Hongdae area, Seoul (2007)

Off to the Samsung/IKAA Gala Dinner (2007)

Misses and not about Korea

Well it’s exactly what it sounds like I guess. Some of the things I miss and not about living in Korea.

Miss about Korea:

  • Korean BBQ
  • The friends we got there
  • Not being called Chinese by drunken morons
  • Living in a 15 million people city and still be less afraid of crime of any kind than in a 250,000 people city
  • Being able to practice Korean in everyday life
  • Countdown on the green lights
  • Not feeling REALLY small in crowds
  • Being able to see Korean films in the cinemas
  • T-Money cards
  • Free internet zones
  • Cute shoes to buy in every corner
  • Opening hours for shops and restaurants
  • Cheap quick food like kimbap, kimchijigae or mandos
  • Being able to blend in if you keep your mouth shut and don’t show your tattoos
  • Jimjilbangs (again, Korean style sauna places)

Don’t miss about Korea:

  • Almost being run over by mopeds on the sidewalk
  • Dried squid
  • Middleaged Koreans taking liberties: women pushing and shoving, men cutting in line and starring at girls totally unashamed
  • Being scorned by taxi drivers because my Korean isn’t good enough (in Korean mind you)
  • Not being able to get a taxi because: you’re on the wrong side of the road, the driver doesn’t want to drive foreigners, the driver dosen’t want to drive to your destination etc.
  • One in a million (ok but at least one in twenty-thirty) chance to find an ATM that takes foreign cards that aren’t Chinese cards.
  • Not being able to pay Korean bills via internet
  • Slow and instable internet
  • That buying a real cheese or good vegetables will cost you dearly
  • Paying extreme money or having to stand on the subway for 45 minutes stinking of sweat in order to excercise (applies for living in central Seoul without a car)

Busy Return

We’ve been up in Gothenburg since last. We stayed at my parents’ house and spent some time with them and also met up with friends living in Gothenburg. On Thursday eve we met Johanna and her son and then had a beer with Karin. On Friday we had dinner with my girls from high school and some other people.

Saturday we went to my sister for her youngest’s birthday. He was shy for the first time ever that I’ve seen. But sure, we’ve been away for eight months so I guess it’s normal. After the birthday cake we drove back down to Skåne and in the evening we went to our apartment for a small Welcome home-party. It was nice being back home but a bit strange to be leaving after the party was over.

However, we had a really nice time with friends eating pizza (Swedish pizza beats Korean pizza any time!), drinking, playing video games (Daniel have missed it so it seems) and talking.

Back Home

So then we are back home in Sweden. It was some busy last weeks in Seoul and even if we have a lot to do now too we are enjoying being home.

The trip home was long but went fairly well. Unfortunately we missed being able to say good bye to our landlord and we missed the intended bus to the airport and Daniel forgot my residence permit at the post office, but otherwise everything ran smoothly.

We arrived in Copenhagen about 10.05 p.m on Monday and were met by Daniel’s parents in Malmö.

Tuesday we spent catching up a bit. We went by Daniel’s sister and met the kids and her husband. The little girl My is really cute but still sceptical to people she doesn’t know. Then we went by Daniel’s brother-in-law’s brother and wife and talked a bit with them. Onwards to pick up Niclas to get the car at his parent’s house and then hurry back again to make it to dinner. After dinner I fell into coma (around 8 p.m) and didn’t wake up until 9.30 a.m again.

Wednesday we took it REALLY easy just strutting around Daniel’s parents’ house before getting into the car, visiting Tommy, visiting Daniel’s dad at the garage and then onwards toward Gothenburg. We picked up a hitchhiker at Glumslöv, a Finnish girl who had spent a few months in Germany, and dropped her off at the bus terminal in Gothenburg.

We’re taking it easy but since we want to meet people we’re always on the way right now. Also I need to finish a few assignments for my summer courses so I’ll have to sit down and read some during this week.

Vacation Mode?

Right, this with updating the blog while on travel with Niclas and Amanda wasn’t the easiest. We’ve made really late nights all week and been out all day. And on top of that we’re now four people gathering around two computers. It gives a bit less time for each person.

In short we’ve been to Gyeongbokgung palace and the area around it, COEX, TechnoMart, Everland and Caribbean Bay, Busan, Geoje Island and Gyeongju. We’ve rented a car in Busan an been driving down to Geoje-do. It was hard in the beginning, especially understanding the Korean speaking GPS, but by the end Daniel was a good Korean driver.

Today we’re back from Gyeongju and are going for some shopping and mostly taking it easy.