5.07.2007

Get thee to a nunnery*









Last-last weekend, Julene and I went to Busan upon the invite of some of Julene's nun buddies. I know it seems like a preponderance of convent visits for me recently (does two count as a preponderance?), but, no worries...I'm not planning on signing on. It's just fun. These nuns showed us all around town and were so gracious to us. They didn't even know me, but they extended the invitation to me anyway. And the beach was right there! So I got my little beach fix and got to spend some q.t. with Julene before she left for Africa. (Check out her blog for some of her adventures thus far...)

I conquered Seoul last weekend. Am I weird for actually wanting to go down by myself? Probably. I had to pull some major avoiding to make a solo trip. It seemed like everyone and their brother was going to Seoul last weekend. No, really! Probably %80 of the people I know were there. But there's some sense of adventure that comes when you go to a foreign city alone, and some freedom, too. So, I went down with only one plan: to buy a Canon 50mm f1.4 camera lens. I went to Yongsan, this huge electronics market, to haggle with the many salesmen vying for my money. My haggling skills are not so hot, but I got the guy down to the lowest price I found online, $50 less than where he started. So I was happy.

Afterwards, what to do? The options were endless. I decided to hunt down a Mexican place I had read about in my Lonely Planet guide. But, alas, my taste buds were not appeased; I couldn't find the place. I settled for this 50's diner place, complete with red leather booths and a parking sign reading, "Elvis fans only. All others will be all shook up." I ordered up a burger and a chocolate shake for a little slice of Americana heaven. Sooo good.

After a bit more wandering around, I hopped on the KTX for a quick ride back. All in all, a good trip, especially good with my new lens. I love it. The depth of field is sweet. I need to do this new lens thing more often. Next trip to Seoul = Mexican food! Must....have...Mexican.....

*10 points to whoever can tell me what famous play this is from....

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

From the Shakespeare play, Hamlet:

"Get thee to a nunnery: why wouldst thou be a
breeder of sinners?..."

Hamlet advises Ophelia to live a life of celibacy.

Anonymous said...

OOPS....forgot to sign my answer...
Aunt B...:-)

betsy said...

10 points for aunt b! good job, i'm impressed. unless you used a google search....then i'm only mildly impressed. ha. miss you!

Just Wandering said...

I'm soooo confused. Did this all happen in the same weekend? I don't understand at all. Maybe you should update more frequently.

Johanna said...

Betsy, I TOTALLY crave Mexican food, too. It's the one type of ethnic food that is impossible to find here, unless I go to a bigger city far, far away. Yeah...what I wouldn't give sometimes for good old taco bell.

Mom said...

Your new lens was purchased just in time to take some great pix of the lanterns on Buddha's birthday. Don't forget to go to the temples and get some great shots. Glad you got it!