Tuesday, December 16, 2008

December in Gok Ban Jeong Dong

This past Sunday the weather was beautiful. Usually, my Sundays are spent in bed with movies and a cup of tea except for about one hour of the day, when Patrick will go for a walk and I will attempt to clean my house.

This weekend I decided to come along for Pat's weekly walk, as he told me there are lots of dogs and people fishing. He wasn't lying! There is all kinds of farm life just on the other side of the rice fields where we never go! It was great to see animals and farmers and people fishing again- almost like being at home, except some of the farms looked like shantytowns and the water people were fishing in looked like it contained nothing but "blinkies" (insert Simpson's reference here).

Some people might find this area ugly, but for me it's a breath of fresh air from the high rises and neon lights that tend to dominate this country girl's life. Here are the pics:

The dogs weren't friendly, but they were pretty. This one wanted my head on a platter; thank God he was tied on a short rope. Or maybe that's why he was mad in the first place. All that space and he can't even run around!

The long road beside the rice fields...

The tractors are being put away for the season.

My neighbourhood is in the background; in the foreground are the remains of this year's harvest!

People had fires going and they were grilling fish as they caught them. I wanted to go down and give it a try, but Pat wouldn't let me. He probably figures I would have fallen in the water or something stupid like that. Let's face it: he's probably right.

Walkin' along.

FINALLY, I found the stupid effing rooster (and his harem) that wakes me up every morning. He is so loud. I thought he lived much closer to my house than he actually does.
Back in civilization....

Or are we....?

Here is the kitteh that lives in the grocery store. We say hello to her every morning on our way to the taxi stand. She likes Kerri more than me.

Annnnd here is my street! You can see the hagwon (private kindergarten) in green, the grocery store I like to frequent and my apartment building at the end of the road. I am on the second floor to the right.
Happy December!

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