We officially received confirmation of our airline tickets.
Only nine more weeks.
And we'll be shaking out our wings to take flight over and across the ocean to a land called Korea.
Mike and I have been watching videos posted on You Tube of different Korean apartments, the outdoor markets in Seoul and Busan, and of course, city fashion. I caught a few more videos this morning of Insadong, Namdaemun, and Itaewon.
The set up of the bathrooms in Korean apartments is quite noteworthy. The bathroom IS the shower (one of many videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5886wD-YSY&feature=related). I realize that this is a space-saver and in some ways, quite practical, but if the places at which we're staying have this set up, it will certainly require some adjustment on my part.
And I'm, well, a little perplexed on how you keep things dry--like your towel and the toilet paper--in a set up like that...? I guess storing such items in the bathroom makes less sense when the bathroom is the shower?
But nonetheless, I like new settings, and as odd as it may seem, I'm excited about experiencing the seemingly quirky and idiosyncratic characteristics (simply because they are not to what I am accustomed) of a country and culture that are still new to me and yet a part of me.
Viewing the videos of the outdoor markets in both Seoul and Busan excited me and made me all the more eager for the following nine weeks to pass quickly. Some of the cuisine definitely makes me a little nervous and squeamish, and yet equally fills me with impatient anticipation for the ensuing adventure.
My husband said the other night that he feels like we'll be flying to Mars.
I laughed and said, "It's just another country."
And yet quite honestly, I can completely relate to what he is feeling. Although I may be able to blend in superficially, I am still going to feel like the one nut in a basket of plums, if you know what I mean.
No worries, though. Really, I guess that'll be nothing new for me anyway--I've spent most of my life being the nut around here...