Today marks half a year since I arrived in Korea! To be honest, time has passed quickly and I have no desire to leave. I really do love Korea, and I have enjoyed getting to know and understand it’s culture and history. I am looking forward to my future here in Korea!
Ever since I got my rice machine I have been using it for almost every meal! Lately I have tried making different kinds of 김밥(gimbap). So far my attempts have been incredibly delicious! I have only tried to different recipes though. The first is a very simple spicy tuna roll. This simply has tuna, chili paste, cucumber, and pickled radish. The other recipe I tried was one of my own device. This recipe was spicy spam. Here are a couple pictures of the spicy spam 김밥.
Being from Iowa, I am no stranger to snow. That doesn’t mean I don’t get a little bit excited about every year. A few days ago we had our first snow; nothing stuck to the ground, but they were the largest snowflakes I may have ever seen in my entire life! Here are a couple pictures of the very minimal first snow.
The Won Has been falling steadily for the last few months, now it is at 1,088 per dollar. This is good for me since I send some of my money home every month. It is not good for the Korean companies who export their goods though. As the Won continues the fall, goods exported from Korea cost more for those who are importing them.
Today started out to be a very bad day. This was partly my fault for not getting enough sleep last night, but it got a bit worse than being tired. I usually brew coffee at home and take it to work in a thermos since the only coffee at school comes in little pouches of instant coffee with creamer and sugar. As I made my way to my first class with a cup of delicious coffee, a pair of rambunctious students ran into me. My coffee flew all over the hallway and up the sleeve of my jacket. now I was wet with coffee that was threatening to stain my jacket, tired, and my morning coffee was waiting to be mopped off of the floor. Not a good start to a day.
The day was not all bad though. In fact, it turned around within the hour! Today was the celebration of Pepero day! Pepero day is an entirely commercial holiday. Pepero are long thin biscuit sticks that are usually coated in chocolate and nuts. I think most Americans know the Pocky brand.
Pepero comes in different types and sizes. most are about 6 inches long, but some are much bigger! All of the convenience stores are packed with a wide variety of Pepero these days before the holiday.
So there were two reasons that made my day much better. The first is that my second class gave me a bunch of Pepero! The second reason is that my co-worker gave me some coffee to get me through the day.
This year was my first year voting for the presidential election. It was actually only my second opportunity to vote; my first was while I was in China, but I didn’t make the effort to vote that year. It is actually incredibly easy to vote from overseas. All you need to do is get your ballot via email from your state government, attach a few labels, and mail the ballot back to the United States.