Tuesday, February 09, 2010

A month has come and gone...

Can you believe it... it has been one glorious month in S. Korea! Time flies while you're having fun, and I suppose that's what seems to be happening over here; although we don't want to say that we're having too much fun because our families stateside might not think that we miss them. A month ago, we got off the plane with dazed/sleepless eyes and had no idea what to make of this place... we've gotten over our jet lag, explored a bit, and unfortunately are still not sure of what to make of this place. Every time that we think we have it "sort of" figured out, it stumps us with something else. You're probably wondering what I'm talking about, but maybe I can give you a few examples:
  • When you walk downtown, you have your pick of places to eat... and not only Korean places. There's Thai, Vietnamese, Indian, Mexican, Italian, Eastern European, etc. In fact, not until last week did we actually dine at an authentic Korean restaurant. Can you believe that? The Italian food we had was some of the best food I've ever eaten, and I've eaten Italian food in Italy!
  • We thought that when we left Europe that we would never see a "cafe" again... or experience the deliciousness of the German pastries and Dutch koffee verkeerds (those were my favorite, ultimately a latte). After a week of being here, we located all the bakeries and coffee houses and they matched up to some of our favorite places in Europe.
  • People told us this was the land of the purses, tailor-made suits and dresses, mink blankets, etc... and you don't realize until you go "downtown" that they weren't kidding. These stores are EVERYWHERE and just when you think you've seen all the purses in one store, they shuffle you over to a "hidden" door that leads down to the basement/dungeon where there is a whole new selection of purses to look at. Oh, and if you're not satisfied with any of those purses, they shuffle you through another "hidden" secret passage way to a vault that has more purses! It's a shame that I'm not a "purse person", but it's probably better for Jason's wallet.
What I have learned before, but I continue to forget and then relearn is that I should never go into a new situation with expectations. Maybe then this place wouldn't "stump" me so much, and I can just ENJOY!

I've been blessed enormously with some great Christian ladies to befriend and learn from, and we have settled into an awesome church with amazing folks. Jason doesn't fly here, so he's home every night... he's busy working a lot, but he's home. There honestly is no reason for me to complain (at this moment) so I will leave you with this...

Before we moved, some dear friends of ours (the Blacks) took us out for some dinner at a Asian fusion restaurant in downtown Geilenkirchen and at the end of the meal we were given fortune cookies. My fortune couldn't have been more accurate!
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  1. I am glad that you are finding your way and finding things that make it feel more like home.

    And soo good that you've connected in with a church out there - that's awesome!

  2. Your purse shenanigans are cracking me up! I had several similar experiences myself getting purses for family. Why they are so cloak and dagger with their purses is beyond me. You know the wacky thing? They will move the locations every once and a while! I used to go to the back of this one store and knock on the flag three times but like 3 months later they moved it. --ryan