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A little white stuff


It was a crazy day yesterday… and it all started Tuesday night. For the past few weeks, the weather in Dongtan (and Korea) has been pretty nice. Sure the temperatures were getting a little cooler, but not cold as of yet. That all changed Tuesday night as flurries came into town and then actually turned into a regular storm. By morning a full 5cm of snow found its way onto the streets and sidewalks of my little burg.

Thankfully this is something that the city can deal with and the roads were quite clear by the time Jo and I left our apartment for the day’s task: picking up her Passport and ARC from Immigration. I wish I could say our trip to the Immigration office was uneventful, but that would be a bold face lie.

One of the great things about the mass transit system here in Seoul, is how frequently the buses run. On this particular day, our bus was a little late. Well strike that, it was really late. Normally it runs every 15-20 minutes, but today, the bus was a good 38 minutes behind schedule. I know this because once on the bus, I took a look at the driver’s computer and saw that he was way behind the bus in front. This little fact has the effect of causing the bus driver to command that large vehicle akin to something better suited for Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride at Disneyland. He accelerated quickly, braked hard, wove in and out of traffic, and sometimes wouldn’t even wait for passengers to exit before starting his route again. I’ve had bad bus drivers before… he was nothing compared to them. It was a crazy experience.

Really out to lunch!

But thankfully we got to the Immigration Office and promptly went inside to the collection desk. As usual, the waiting area was packed full of people to be called forth, but we got to bypass them and just wait at the pick-up window. We did get a little nervous at one point, since they didn’t seem to know where Jo’s documents were, but after a few minutes of searching, they returned with everything we needed. Jo and I both laughed at the “Out to Lunch” sign on the desk next to us.

Once we had our documents, it was time for a feast. Well, at least a real lunch. One of my favorite restaurants in Korea is Bon Juk (본줔). It’s a congee/porridge chain here in Korea and they make some of the best food anywhere. Since it was cold outside, this little warm slice of heaven was very welcomed.

Cooking up our lunch

With lunch safely downed, it was time to return to Dongtan and then onto school. What a great day, followed by a great night of teaching.

How was your Wednesday?


Written by Steve Miller

March 11, 2010 at 7:41 am

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  1. Does seem like a crazy day. Love the picture with the snow. here though, I have to say, I’m glad the snow is almost gone from the ground. Can’t wait for Spring!

    My Wednesday has been pretty boring. Been proofing an article for my professor most of the afternoon. I’m about to do some study and I’m waiting to see if I’ll see A. tonight or not 🙂


    March 11, 2010 at 9:35 am

    • That’s the thing that really bums us out… all the snow was gone and the temp was in the high teens… now it’s cold again!

      Oh well! I hope you’re successful with your paper and get to see A tonight.


      March 11, 2010 at 9:40 am

  2. The bus driver… had that with a shuttle bus driver from my mom’s house to LAX in the US… we BARELY made our plane…
    The congee looks GOOD!!! (Or the bowl does… LOL) I love the congee that is made in Hong Kong… nothing like it. My mom used to make a killer congee too…
    Wednesday was good, still rainy and cold. Today was even better… sun was out and smiling…I was at work and smiling…and the old folks seemed pretty happy after days and days of wind and rain…


    March 11, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    • Glad that you’re out there having some fun! I hope the weekend is very exciting from you with lots of time with your family!


      March 12, 2010 at 6:58 am

  3. I half expected a snowday on Wednesday to be honest. I woke up several times during the night to see snow still falling.


    March 11, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    • Nah… Not nearly enough snow. Maybe next year when we get another 30cm overnight.


      March 12, 2010 at 7:00 am

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