Sunday, August 13, 2017

Tucson Temple Celebration, Seoul Tower, Snow Sculptures

The Tucson Temple celebration was Saturday night (Sunday morning here).  Here are two of our grandchildren who were in the Folklorico dance.  Waiting for more photos!  Our grandsons got to shake President Uchtdorf's hand!

On Monday afternoon, some of the missionaries came to have a choir practice.  A new stake center for Seoul Stake will be dedicated in September, so they're practicing for that.  They sounded wonderful!

Then on Tuesday I got a nice surprise from the office elders.  Even though they had to photoshop one of the elders in!

They also delivered this ice cream cake to me from the Sonksens.  The a/c blew out the candles for me!  Our little lunch plates came in handy after all.  And note that I have the MVP award!    

On Friday, I was surprised when we went out to go to dinner and the Sonksens came by and picked us up.  (I thought we were waiting for a bus.)  We met some of the other couples at the Original Pancake House in Itaewon. It is an American restaurant!  It was fun!  They had been planning all this behind my back.

When we go to the bank, sometimes the door man gives us these little drinks.  It's about a two ounce yogurt drink.  The bankers are real nice to us.

Even though my husband teases the teller and makes her practice English!

We saw this restaurant the other day.  Thinking of our Chelsea back home!

Since we had a pretty clear sky on Saturday, my husband said it was time to go visit Seoul Tower.  We waited for the bus here.  (Instead of walking up the mountain.)

You can see the Lotte Tower in this one

Apartment buildings as far as you can see

The President's Blue House is at the base of the mountain.  Our neighborhood behind the tall white buildings.

There are thousands of "Love Locks" up here.

You can see the towers up close here

Part of the old city wall

Beacon fires were build here to warn of enemy invasions.

They also had a toy museum and kid's areas  (Hello Kitty).  Any Iron Man fans out there?

Then we waited for the bus to ride back down.  Maybe we'll hike it when the weather is cooler.

On our way home, we saw all these little tents covering blocks of ice.  We figured out that they were doing something at 6 pm, so later we walked back to check it out.

There were over 250 sculptures.  They each had a styrofoam model to try and reproduce in the ice.  They had various tools to work with.  No chain saws.

A thumb?  Or big toe?

Is he ready for the judges?

This event was sponsored by an ice cream company.  They were giving out treats if you wanted to wait in line for them.

It was kind of nice and cooler with all that ice.  We loved seeing the blue sky.

A good time was had by all!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

6 August 2017

There is a park and library near the mission office.  But it is uphill from the office.  There is a difficult way to get up there that involves a lot of stairs.  We found another way to get there that is not as steep, but it quite a bit longer.  This statue is up by the park.

There is another park closer to our apartment and we figured out that we could get to that one and back to home from this one higher up the mountain.

There's a pretty good view of the city from here.  We were trying to spot our apartment building.  It is just before the tall buildings.  The green area on the left is the old palace and the new president residence is beyond that.

Another tiger up here.

The last part coming down hill has a rubberized sidewalk, so it makes the down hill section nice (and faster).  But it is quite warm and humid these days.  We get a few thunderstorms or sprinkles almost every day.  The rare days with all sunshine are quite hot.

Yes, quite hot!  We needed to drink some water after this.

We have had zone conferences this week.  Here they're playing a game "Where Does the Money Come From?"  It was a training activity about spending mission funds or personal funds.

Saturday's "Cultural Experience" included a visit to the Samsung Repair Center.

We got there before it opened and beat the crowds.  Kind of reminds you of the DMZ.  (Or the hospital here.)  I was surprised that they didn't speak very much English here, but we were able to get the job done thanks to the service man's translator on his phone.  My tablet is running faster now, but it takes a long time to recharge, so we may have to go back for a new battery.  Now we know the drill.

We had to go find some plumbing and light supplies while we were out and we were successful with that too.  After visiting a couple of apartments, we were done for the day.  We had a couple of long train rides and station transfers.

These kids had the right idea of how to cool off.  These pools were set up in the middle of the city.  They had even blocked traffic for the day.