Autumn Life in Korea
November 6th, 2003
Our home is
located in the heart of the business district of Kangnam, literally meaning
"South of the River", refering to the
During the summer months, smog permeates the atmosphere, resulting in
thick dense "cloud" which often soots the skin if outdoor activities
autumn preludes the coming winter months by dramatic and sudden drop in
temperatures (from circa 23 degrees down to 5 degrees), we also note the view
commanded by our front window (pictured to the right) has also suddenly become
clearer. The buildings you see in
the distance are apartment complexes around our area - remembering that
has 48 million inhabitants
with 27 million of them living in
and its environs.
when the weather is too cold, we stay home - watching TV,
surfing the Internet and inviting friends over to play games!
Here we are, playing Taiko-No-Taksujin - a game which we purchased for
our Sony Playstation 2. It causes
havoc with the neighbours but it's no point having fun without a bit of risk !
Later we played another game, requiring all 4 of us to jump - reminding
the people below us that we're still renting the property above them.
tell you that we're not exactly suffering in
, with so many things to see
and do before we leave the country late in 2005.
quickly starting to learn the language so that we can use that ability to help
us guide ourselves through the environment, culture, make our daily lives easier
and of course, order the food (or get directions on how to get to the toilets).
we've been discovering islands, wineries, farmlands and learnt how to order
their fantastic seafood. We
discovered that their service improve the more you try to communicate in their
language. Our little understand of
Hanguk (Korean Language) and fanatic sign language landed us this serving of 21
seasalt grilled giant prawns for A$40.00 completely peeled and served by the
owner of the establishment. To top
this off, the meal as pictured was enjoyed in an outdoor restaurant, on the
seaside during the sunset - which was later enhanced by a fireworks display!
is here, we drove 135km towards the east to a place called Chiak-san (
), which we understood would
display colourful maple leaves as they progress through their malting period.
temples, lots of streams, brooks and interesting vegetation made the day an
interesting one as we continue to discover more of
We soon realised that the countryside is much prettier than
(being dry and desolate at
times), more picturesque and gives you the feeling that its very much
uninhabited. A feeling that was
very quickly extinguished by the traffic jams on the motorways increasing what
could have been a 90 minute journey to almost 5 hours!
are very pleased we made the journey because it showed us how pretty the
can be and besides, we
needed the fresh air.
then and now, we're planning on visiting more locations in
and its environments plus
write soon about Everland, a
like fantasyland which
Koreans regularly escape to.