Tuesday, May 31, 2016

2,102,400 minutes

It's almost time to go. Can you believe it's been 4 years?! How do you measure, measure a year? In daylights? in trips to the ER? in international flights? in cups of coffee?

To reflect on our time, we came up with some questions for an "exit interview" for the Farleys. Here are the questions we asked:

1. What Korean habit will you not give up?
2. What was the best trip of this year?
3. What advice would you give to someone moving to Korea?
4. What is your favorite Korean word or saying?
5. What is your favorite K Pop song?
6. What is the best Korean food?
7. What is your proudest achievement of the last 4 years?
8. What will you miss the most?
9. What will you miss the least?
10. What was your first culture shock?
11. What is your most memorable experience?
12. If you had 72 hours back in Korea, what would you do?

exit interview 2016 from Farley on Vimeo.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Lantern Festival

Someone has a birthday coming up! I'm looking at you, Buddha! Seoul in springtime is amazing. The city is blanketed in flowers-not just cherry blossoms-but all types of flowers everywhere. Unlike Denver, once it warms up at the end of March, it stays pretty warm from then on and it stays just lovely until about mid July. In addition to the natural delightfulness, the whole city puts up lanterns in May in honor of Buddha's birthday.

There's also a lantern festival and parade. We've lived here for 4 years. Each year we hear about how beautiful it is, we see pictures yet we never go, not for any particular reason. We've heard it's very crowded, but in Seoul, everything is crowded. Anyway, we finally made it! We finally went. Finally! We headed in to Seoul with the Cabalunas. The weather was perfect. 

 We took the bus to Insadong got lunch at our favorite soup place and then visited the Jogyesa Temple.

After visiting the temple, we got coffee and stumbled into an international food festival (I got empanadas at the Ecuador tent! The kids got Wopper Jr's at Burger King :/). We hung out until the parade started.
Amy at the river

Fabaluna children

Here are pictures of the lantern parade. Full disclosure: Travis Peterson took these pictures BUT we were standing right next to him so it's almost like I took them. You guys, he takes really good pictures, as you can see.

It really was a really great day. You should go. It will be crowded, but just like anywhere else in Seoul. You're used to the crowds by now and if you're not, then consider it a novelty of having a shared experience with millions of other people.

Where to get your ears pierced in Bundang

I have had my ears pierced so many times. They keep closing up. Fact: I got them re-pierced last summer and after the 6 weeks of keeping the earrings in, I took them out for a week and my lobes healed right up. I was thinking I'd wait again until this summer until I realised people in Seoul have pierced ears too. I talked to my Korean sister, Sue, who knew just where to go. We went to Gray in Seohyeon.

Grace also got her ears pierced! She's super excited. It's kind of a long story about why only one twin got her ears pierced and it's not because we love Grace more. This month is swimming month in PE (we're that fancy now) and we heard that you really shouldn't swim for at least a few weeks after getting your ears pierced. Now you may be wondering why only Ruby is swimming this month and it's not because we love Ruby more. Grace won't be swimming this month because she had minor eye surgery this weekend (more about that later, maybe-not sure if it's going on the blog or not). If you ask Grace about her weekend, she probably won't mention the fact that she had surgery-she'll tell you about her new earrings.

This is the guy:

 So many to choose from. I chose to have each ear pierced three times all at once-that was a really painful decision.

 I talked with the guy about how itchy my ears are and he let me choose which ever earrings I wanted and switched out the posts to titanium to reduce the itchiness.
Here it goes-it gets more and more painful the higher up you go....

 ooooh so great!

Grace's turn! She was still like a statue.

Here's some info on the place: Gray, they use hollow needles, which is the way to go. To get here, go to Seohyeon station, walk out exit 5 and walk to the end of the walking mall, it will be on your left.