The weather cleared up after another walk home last night that turned into a swim (whoever said Korea doesn't get the monsoons?). It is now rather beautiful outside, so I tried to go capture some of the deliciousness of the fruit and vegetable stands that haunt my walk to school. Unfortunately, the truck had just run through and yelled at all the vendors to go away (technically they need a permit to sell), so only a few had set back up and it wasn't nearly the extravaganza that my first Sunday venture out had been. However, I got some of the most delicious tomatoes ever grown and some melt-in-your-mouth nectarines from two different vendors. Here are some pictures of the amazing healthy happiness that is Korea (I didn't buy the onions 'cause I'm a lazy SOB and can buy two pre-peeled onions from Nais Mart for less than a dollar):
The woman who ran this stand helped me tell the difference between Korean cucumbers (o-i) and zucchini (turns out I've been cooking with some mighty bitter cucumbers, but at least now I know for sure that it is silly to cook with them and will eat the remaining two raw!). I would have bought some of her tasty looking eggplants, but I'd have no idea what to make with them since I don't have an oven:
There was a taekwondo exhibition in the park. I wanted to get closer to take some good pictures, but I'm not sure how that would have gone over (crazy waegukin! do not photograph our children!), although it probably would have been fine. Anyhow, one group did this awesome bridge move in unison that I managed to snap, and it gives you a sense of the coolness of the event as a whole:
Tell you what, when I can do THAT, I'll take a photo of it and put it on here, kay?
For now I leave you with yet another animal that is oh-so-happy we can eat him at his restaurant:
I am so excited about Busan tomorrow--it's going to be awesome! It sounds like Gwen might be coming down with something, but I hope she feels better and can go. There is a lot of illness going around our school--the kids have conjunctivitis and a couple Korean teachers have colds. I'm trying my best to wash my hands frequently and stay healthy. I just cleaned my apartment and everything. Hopefully, that will help!