The last thing I did with this family was we took a little family vacation to JeongSeon about 4 hours east of Seoul. Our first stop was for lunch at this little restaurant, we call it "The Post-It Note Restaurant".
After the post it note restaurant, we went for a ride on these super cool 'rail bikes'! They are bikes built to go on rail road tracks!
After the rail bikes we checked into our hotel. I'm in the picture below laying on the pillow on the floor. This is the bedroom. Most Korean people do not sleep on beds, they make beds on the floor out of blankets.
When we finished checking into our hotel we haeded out to the little stream next to our hotel. Here I am hanging out with Girl.
In this next picture I am with Girl behind our hotel where the hotel owners have their kimchi pots. Kimchi is a type of salad made of fermented cabbage with lots of garlic and spicy stuff added to it. I don't know how anyone eats this stuff, I couldn't even stand the smell of it. Girl and I were holding our breath while these pictures were being taken!
The last thing we did on our trip was we went to Hwa-AM Cave. This cave is the largest cave in Asia, and boy was it fun! It was more like a theme park than a cave.
After touring the cave we jumped back in the car and headed back to Seoul.
I Go on a Photo Shoot!
You will never guess what I did....I went on my very first photo shoot! Yes, I'm now a famous photographer!
Here I am with Boy 3, before the photo shoot, (he does a little modeling here in Korea) in Olympic Park in Seoul.
The workers treated us like we were famous, giving us donuts, drinks and anything our little hearts desired!
Here I am helping the photographer - can you see me? I'm hanging out on his hat.
This was a super fun day.
The people you sent me to stay with are CRAZY. We got up at 5AM, that is 5 o'clock in the morning to go to the flower market! I was so surprised when I got there, this was no ordinary flower market, this place was HUGE! There were rows and rows of fresh flowers! Here I am hanging out in a few sunflowers!
And can you find me among all these roses?
Check out these crazy looking flowers...
Look at this...you can even buy peppers at the flower market, but don't eat them, they are only decorative!
You can also buy all sorts of other things at the flower market, things like bags, baskets, home decorations, wrapping paper and ribbon! Here I am hanging out in some of the ribbon....
The flower market was WAY more fun than I thought it was going to be! I'm so glad I woke up early to go!
It took me a little while to get over the jet lag once I got here - do you know how far Korea is from Colorado? VERY, VERY, VERY FAR! This is one time I wish I could have come by airplane, but NO, I had to travel by mail. The family I am visiting is a military family, so their mail has to travel to California first, then once I arrived in California, I was put on a ship and sent all the way across the world! I don't remember how long I was on that ship, but it was a LONG time. The family I am visiting is GREAT! They love having me. The first thing I did when I got here was jump on the subway! Here I am with Girl.
We took the subway to the Achasan subway stop, where we got off and headed for the mountain. Who knew there were mountains in the worlds 2nd largest city?! Since I have never hiked a mountain in Korea, I had no idea what to expect, but boy was it beautiful! Here I am at the base of the mountain with all the kids that went on this hike. I really like the big rock behind us even though I have no idea what it says.
Before heading up the mountain we all needed a snack. In this next picture I am posing with a kimbap triangle, this was our snack! This was my first real taste of Korean food. Kimbap is seaweed with rice wrapped up inside it. Kim is the Korean word for seaweed and bap is the Korean word for rice. It was really good! This is a favorite snack of all the kids.
Here I am on the mountain with Boy 3, Girl's baby brother.
Here I am taking a break in a tree...
Our hike was lots of fun, but LONG! We were on that mountain for over 3 hours! After our hike the family I am staying with took us to lunch at traditional Korean restaurant! We had galbi (grilled meats), with lots of side dishes, and did you know that in Korea they sit on the floor when they eat!
I had a great day riding the subway, hiking the mountain and finishing off with a great Korean meal! I can't wait to see what they have in store for me tomorrow, but for now, I am off to bed!
Flat Stanley, Visiting From Colorado
Flat Stanley had so much fun here in Korea last year that he decided to come back! This year he came all the way from Arvada, Colorado! Here is the letter that accompanied him:
Our class has been reading the story of Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown. It is a funny story about a boy, Stanley, who has a terrible accident one night while he is sleeping. His bulletin board falls down off his wall and flattens him. Stanley decides that being flat can be fun. He slides under doors, flies a kite and even catches a few burglars in an art museum by posing as a picture of little Bo Peep on the wall! Stanley even mails himself in an envelope to see a friend in California - after all, it was cheaper than and airplane ticket. In the end, Stanley does return to his normal size. His brother Arthur inflates him with a bicycle pump!
We are now sending our Stanley to you. Please write back and tell us what Stanley did at your house. Did he go to school or work with you? To the park? Out to eat? Photos or trinkets (postcards, goodies....) from your state/country are also great to send.
We will be tracking Stanley's journey on our school map to see all of the wonderful places he has visited.. We look forward to hearing all about the fun you had with your new friend.
Thank you for you time and have from!
Mrs. G's Class, Arvada, CO
My time here has come to an end. I've had such a great time that I hate to leave. The people I have been staying with told me I am going to have so much fun at the next place.... I am going to Greece! I am going to stay with a family that lives on an olive orchard! I will continue writing my blog here, but give me a couple of weeks to get settled in before you start looking for my writings.
You won't believe this....I went to see the Harlem Globetrotters! It was so cool!! We sat RIGHT behind the Globetrotters, in fact we were so close we could touch them. The show was lots of fun. They were dunking the basketball, doing funny dances, telling jokes, and they even pulled one man's pants down! It was so funny! Don't worry, he had boxer shorts on. One of the Globetrotters even dressed up like an old lady. This was such a fun show!
I'm a Model!!
Guess what I did? I went on a photo shoot with two of the boys I am staying with. Apparently they do lots of modeling, so this time they ask if I could join them! Whoo-hoo!! I modeled for the company Four Lads. It is a British company.
And here I am watching TV and eating donuts with some of the other models while we wait for our turn.
And here I am taking pictures with the boy!
We had a very long and busy day! Mrs. Sue, the modeling agent, gave us all a bonus of 10,000 won each (that's what they use in Korea for money) because we worked so hard. This is us on the ride home. The boys were so tired they fell asleep, but I was wide awake!
Traditional Korean Meal
After Nanta, we went out to eat, and I had my first traditional Korean meal. Did you know in Korea, they eat while sitting on the floor? I had no idea. In the picture below I am having my first bite of kimchi. Kimchi is a type of salad they eat here in Korea. There are many different types of kimchi, with the most popular type being cabbage kimchi, which I tried. I must tell you, I am not a big fan of the cabbage Kimchi. They say you have to eat it several times before you "develop" a taste for it. I don't know I will ever develop a taste for it. Give me some water please!!!
Now, the rest of the food was pretty good. When eating a meal here, they serve lot of little side dishes for you to share with each other. They also like their food spicy. In the picture below, you can see several different types of kimchi, including radish kimchi, and an octopus kimchi, which was really good! There are mint leaves, and a couple of different types of soup in the picture also. Don't I look happy? I really like experiencing new things.
And this was my main course, a type of Bibimbop. A very popular dish here in Korea. It is served in a VERY HOT dish, so you need to make sure you don't burn yourself. The dish is very hot because they put a raw egg in your dish, so once you get your meal, you mix it up and that cooks your egg. This picture was taken before I mixed it all up.
OH MY GOODNESS, I am having SO much fun here! I went on a field trip with the Seoul American Middle School to see the show Nanta, which means "cooking" in English. I had so much fun. You get to sing, and dance around in your chair while the actors jump around on stage using pots, pans, knives and trash cans as instruments. They actors are all very energetic! I laughed so hard I thought I might tear in half. Thank goodness I have an extra coating of plastic over me. See the picture below? That is me in front of the stage. Don't I look happy?
Hi, I'm Flat Stanley, I came to Seoul. South Korea from Arvada, Colorado! I'm excited to be sharing my adventures with you here!