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Monday, May 17, 2010

First post from Korea

We got our internet hooked up in our apartment a few hours ago.  I've been like an addict who's been deprived for too long- reading lots of blogs, 63 emails, posting on facebook, etc.  And one of the funny things is, I have totally forgotten that I'm not even in the same country I was in 4 days ago.  I wondered why no one was around posting things on Facebook.  Face it, I would seriously wonder why anyone would be up at 230 am posting stuff on Facebook! 

So, a few things about living on this side of the International Date Line...

1.  I will NEVER get in a cab for a long distance drive again, unless it is a dire emergency!  I lost count after about the third time that our driver (who was following another cab containing Jon and Jacob, along with half our luggage) slammed on her brakes and ended up having to swerve to the other lane in order to  not hit the first cab at a stop light.

2.  Stop lights really are optional here.

3.  This country is beautiful- we are nestled at the base of some mountains, and there are flowers EVERYWHERE.  I will post more when I have a chance to take some pictures of them and find out what they are. 

4.  They recycle everything that its possible to recycle.  We now have 7 plastic shoebins (hey, I didn't want to pay 5.99 per mini trashcan!), one for plastic, plastic bottles, glass, cans, paper, cardboard, styrofoam, and then we have to use the Korean-made waste bags for things like diapers and other non-recyclables.  We have a neat little composter type thingy under our sink.  You put in the food (leftovers, things the kids didn't eat, banana peels, etc) and it dries it out, and the smell is whisked away through some tubes that are built in.  Its definitely interesting.  Thanks goes to my Mom, who really made me watch it when recycling these last few weeks living in NY! 

5.  Paying in dollars, and getting won in change. 

6.  The Koreans love babies and children.  I've lost count of how many people have said, beautiful children, good family, so cute, and various other things like that.  The cab driver that waylaid Jon at the airport told him he was extremely lucky. 

7.  Walking everywhere is extremely tiring to three jet-lagged children.  (And their mama!)  We set out for the second time in one day to walk to the PX (about a half mile), and James bit the dust about halfway there, followed 3 minutes later by Caitlynn, and poor Jacob had to walk all the way to the PX, but he gave in as soon as we got there.  Cait was so asleep that she was reeling all around in the cart, and Jon kept having to toss his arm down for her to land her head on.  We piled a towel under each of their heads and they slept the whole time we were there, the next 30 minutes while Jon shopped in the commissary, the cab ride home, and upstairs.  Cait woke up and stayed up when we got home, but Jacob actually put himself back in bed and slept through the night. 

Of course, this means that J was up at 430am the next morning.  this morning, we managed to make it til 534.  I have hopes that tomorrow will be better.  Neither of the older children napped today, and we have successfully fed them dinner this time, without them falling asleep.  So, we are off to curl up in front of the laptop and watch Avatar.
Wonder how long it'll take them to fall asleep??  :)


Armywife said...

So glad you guys made it safely! Erica and I were just talking yesterday about not hearing anything from you. I wanna hear about the flight. How bad was it with the kiddos?