Tokyo and stuff

By Roxy

Annyong!(Hello!)

I know it has been some time since we’ve made a post, or since Evert has uploaded a video and it’s not because we have been boring folks but rather busy folks! We went to Seoul for the Lunar New Year  and vacationed in Tokyo at the beginning of March. Here are some pictures of recent adventures:

My friend Leah and her boyfriend, Peter are teaching in a nearby city called Gwangju. We met up with them in Seoul for the Lunar New Year.

The Imperial Palace area in Tokyo

Shinjuku also referred to as the Skyscraper District

Tokyo is very different from Korea. Evert put it nicely when he said Japan is for boys and Korea is for girls. Japan is very high tech and incredibly fast-paced while Korea is very feminine with sparkles  everywhere. Tokyo was a very easy city to navigate considering we don’t speak Japanese. The only drawback about visiting Japan is how expensive it is! We broke the bank and we weren’t living large by any means.

While in Tokyo we stay at Hostel NINJA (my pick) and for the first time since being in Asia we met some world travelers as opposed to the American/Canadian crowd who are teaching in Korea. My dream of eating the freshest sushi came true when we got up at nearly dawn and ventured out to Tsjukiji Fish market. It was worth it! Evert got to walk around ‘Geek Alley’ which is packed full of useless/useful computer gadgets and geek merchandise. I got a mario shirt! and Evert got some memory for his computer…lame.

Since Tokyo we went to a traditional bullfighting festival, a wine tunnel filled with persimmon wine, a weekend in Gwangju to visit some friends and this past weekend Evert’s birthday celebration! Yes Evert has finally turned 25 so now I can safely say we’re the same age. We had a gathering last night celebrating three different birthdays. The night ended with two birthday cakes one of which ended up in one lucky birthday boy’s face decided by a quick game of rock, paper, scissors, a woman asking to touch my eyebrows, a lost camera (Evert’s), a lost key (mine, boo) and a night in a motel because we were locked out. All in all what a 25th birthday should be 🙂

Life in Korea has just become our life, so when people ask us “how is Korea?” it’s hard to provide an entertaining answer. We have just gotten used to getting around language barriers (it’s quite fun), meeting new people all the time, getting lost and trying new foods! The dynamic of people here is very interesting because nobody (foreigners) has their friends and family here. People will come up and talk to you and suddenly you’re best friends. It’s a little refreshing to the clique-ness that is Toronto and other North American cities.

I can’t believe four months have gone by already and it seems like before I know it my time here will have come to an end!

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About roxykesh

My name is Roxy and I am teaching English in Daegu, South Korea. Sometimes I write about it on this blog.
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5 Responses to Tokyo and stuff

  1. Geke says:

    Wat leuk dat er even weer een berichtje staat, mooi verhaal.

  2. Larissa says:

    That sounds really exciting! I can’t believe it’s been four months either…seems like we just had your birthday!

  3. siep says:

    I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying yourself so much!

    Bullfighting? I am dissapoint.

  4. evertrooftop says:

    If it means anything; I was told that it was nowhere as bad as the spanish bullfighting (bull vs. bull instead of bull vs. man). It turned out it was bloody anyway and I definitely don’t approve or won’t go again to something like this.

    Just making sure that’s on the record 😉

  5. MOMS says:

    Yeah, we found the same with the expat crowd in Africa. Made some what we thought solid friendships but once we returned little to no contact. I guess you feel bonded because you are all experiencing the same challenges. Great experience though, truly unique and special. Enjoy!

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