Wednesday, July 15, 2009
For dinner we had a recommendation to go to The Ubiquitious Chip in the west end. It was a nice restaurant. I had a beer that is brewed locally for the Chip---an ale called Chip 71. Paul had told the waiter to surprise him with dinner and I ordered off the menu. I had shellfish bisque, an Aberdeen steak with stovies (mash with beef and veg inside--totally yum!), and shortbread for dessert. Paul received crawfish as a starter, followed by a trio of mutton, and jelly for dessert. It was an amazing meal and experience. Paul also had a whisky that was 24 years old....Port Ellen. It was ok to him, but rare and not being made anymore. Our whisky loving friend was jealous of him! After dinner we went next door to the Chip's Wee Pub. It was another fun experience. I had another pint of Chip 71 followed by a bottle of Innis and Gunn which is beer that spends time in whisky casks before bottling. It is sweeter and has interesting flavor. Very Scottish, I am told. Paul had a Laphroaig 10. It was a great night. We got a taxi on the street and then got back to the hotel.
Then, we realized Paul's iPod touch was missing. Oh no! We immediately spoke to the hotel's front desk and the taxis put out a message that it was missing. The chances of finding it....slim! We went upstairs and Paul decided to go back to the pub in hopes to find the taxi. What chance??? Well, I went to sleep while Paul went back out. Not much later, he woke me up and showed me his touch. Yeah, I know we are super lucky. He happened to find the our taxi who had had three fares since us. The last one was a girl who found Paul's touch in the seat and gave it to the driver. Paul walked up and he was trying to figure out who or how to find the owner. Paul was ecstatic. It truly was a miracle. Thank you God!
The next day we packed up our stuff and went to Cafe Gandolfi for lunch. A recommendation from the waiter at the Chip. It was nice. I tried a new ale, had asparagus soup and bacon avocado salad for lunch. Paul had roasted chicken.
After lunch I stopped into a shop I wanted to peep into and then we were off to the train station.....off to Edinburgh. Only an hour by train....Paul and I got seats with a table which is nice when you want to journal, chat, or play games. :)
We took showers and got cleaned up. We went out for some lunch and wandered around. It is an amazing city! We stayed in the Pest side of the city.
While in Budapest we saw:
- The central market
- St. Stephen's Basilica
- had lots of interesting food
- drank many local beers and some from Czech too
- went to the Great Synagoge
- walked around the Jewsih ghetto
- ate lots of hummus
- felt rain almost every afternoon for about 30 minutes in which we would pop into a coffee shop for an afternoon beverage while it rained and we waited
- had langos---a local snack that is deep fried bread like with garlic sauce, sour cream and cheese on top. they were good but made my tummy upset.
- sweated a lot
- walked near the Parliament building
- rode the M2 tram along the Danube
- saw and walked across the Chain Bridge
- walked around Buda at Castle Hill, saw the Fisherman's Bastion, saw Matthias church, took a bus through the Vienna Gate to Moskva Ter.
- walked around two different shopping malls
- went to a really old and famous coffee shop called Gerbaud where we had desserts and coffee
- walked through Erzebet Ter, a park where there are tons of people hanging out and skaters skating.
- went to the Nyugati station
- went to the YWAM coffee shop on Friday night and met Justin and Lee Anne. They are great people there running the cafe and coffee shop. It was a great night of conversation.
- did laundry
- walked down Andrassy ut (a famous street)
- toured the House of Terror, a museum about the two different occupations of Budapest---Nazi and Soviet. It was artsy and cool.
- witnessed a demostration and loads of riot police
- had a snack and lemonade at the cafe at the Sofitel
- went to a festival on Chain Bridge where there were performers and all sorts of crafts
- took a very long route home because of all the riot police having most of the major areas blocked off due to the demonstration
We also tried to try some Hungarian food at this little cafe. It was a truly interesting experience. We did not speak Hungarian and she did not speak English. Finally, Paul got across that we would eat anything she gave us. It was ok, but definitely not exciting. Although I gave us points for trying our best.
We loved Budapest and really feel living there is an option. It is great city with lots of character and exciting opportunities.
Friday, July 03, 2009
we found something to eat---turkish like wraps and kebabs. then sat and people watched. we also checked out the grocery store in the airport which was cool. i bought some snacks. we waited and waited. watched the people and chatted. it became quite difficult to sit and wait. paul was growing pretty grumpy b/c he was tired and i just wanted to lay down.
we had to take the subway to the main train station in munich. we did that about 10pm or so. then we found a starbucks to sit in while we waited yet some more. paul had a drink and i ate some snacks. time seemed to be just creeping by. i needed to use the toilet and made my way to find it. then giggled. i had forgotten that one has to pay for the public toilet. back to paul for some money and then off to the toilet again---80 euro cents later. :)
waiting and waiting........
finally a train pulled up and we walked out to the platform to wait for boarding. we were supposed to get on car #262 and have beds 72 & 73. quite simple, i thought. upon glancing at the train car numbers, i realized there was no 262. what?!?!?! i asked one attendant and he pointed to this other guy. i walked over to the other guy and was greeted with, "parlez vous francais?" do i speak french? are you kidding? i replied, "no." then he pointed down the train. so, we made our way down the train.....the numbers were not looking good and we were both frustrated. how difficult can this really be? i found another attendant and asked him. he said to go to the last two cars and they would find a place for us. the last two cars is where the frenchman was........ugh! paul was overly tired at this point and his patience was gone. i was ok, but seriously could be on the verge of tears. back down to the end we trudged. i found yet another attendant who i inquired about our beds and car to. he cheerily replied only in german. i stood there and had no idea what he was saying to me. when i seemed to not understand, he smiled and spoke more german. ?!?!?!
after much discussion and persistance, kind german man found us beds. thank goodness. we were in a cabin with an interesting older german man. he was quiet and kept to himself. i took the top bunk, paul slept in the middle, and the interesting older german man was on the bottom. once in bed, things were better. paul and i both were fast asleep and spent most of the night that way. i woke up at 5:35ish am with an immense need to use the toilet. i did not want to go....i was hoping to wish it away, but i could not. down the stairs i went as quiet as possible then down the train car to the toilets. the scenery was quite nice as i looked out the window.
7am we were served breakfast. a croissant filled with chocolate cream and a boxed drink of orange juice. on what other continent is a chocolate filled pastry considered breakfast.......i was excited and gobbled it down. yum! paul did not eat his, but passed it up to me to hold onto. on and off we slept some more before pulling into the train station in budapest. it was fun!
we had arrived.......finally, after what seemed like forever.
30+ hours of transit to start the european adventure........
we were in desperate need of showers and felt completely disgusting......
but hey, we were in budapest, hungary!
we arrived at the airport to find a long, long line at the check in counter. we stood there for a bit and the line hardly moved. paul and i were both starting to get a little anxious since we were running behind and the time just kept ticking away. i went up to a counter and pointed out that out flight was at 1:10 to munich and the line was not really moving at all. he kindly called out to see if there were others going to munich and indeed there was. he escorted us to a new line in which we were the only people in to proceed with check in. yeah!
we were called to the counter and began the process. she then said that the flight has been overbooked and therefore we were bring bumped up to business because of our flier status. paul instantly smiled ear to ear. we were thrilled. business class to europe.....yes! it was awesome. we then proceeded through security, immigration, rode the tram to the international terminal, got some coffee, and waited at the gate for boarding. the entire time paul kept saying, "we are in business!" he was so excited.
lufthansa business is awesome. the seats are super cool and automatic. the food was great and we both got to actually sleep properly since the seat went almost flat. it was truly awesome! the only complaint i had is that it was bit warm for me. i would prefer a little more air con which was out of our control. there were no air vents above the seats. i watched three movies---the reader, gran torino, and slumdog millionaire. all on my little screen in front of me that i could pause when i needed to.
it was awesome!
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
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Sunday, June 28, 2009
we have about 12.5 hours until we leave for the airport. it is nuts to think that we are going to europe. paul and i were talking today that is seems so surreal still that we are going. at the moment, we are getting ready. i am doing a load of laundry and paul is trying to de-ice our air con. it has huge chunks of ice on it since we love our air con so much. he chipped some off with a spoon and is now using the hair dryer to melt the ice. we have started the packing process, but it is moving slowly. it will be a late night, as usual. it seems this is a trend for us......stay up super late the night before we go anywhere. oh well.....it's us. it's how we roll. i am sure someday it will have to change when we have little ones to tow with us. for now, we are enjoying our just being married life. so fun!
we fly to munich, germany tomorrow. we are going to catch a sleeper train there to budapest, hungary. we have lucked out with accomodation in budapest. we have an apartment to ourselves for the five nights we are there in the heart of pest. so exciting. the owner speaks good english and will meet us at the train station. after budapest, we are flying to glasgow, scotland, stay for a night and then taking the train tro edinburgh. it is one of paul's favorite cities in europe and i am excited to have him share this place with me. should be a really fun adventure. he raves about how amazing the place is all the time.
i will blog regularly as well as upload pics as i am able. we are taking the wee laptop, so that paul can work as needed. i also need to announce my new toy----a new camera lens for my digital camera body. i got a tamron 18-200mm lens. it is awesome! i can get close up shots and faraway shots all with one lens. so excited. i am also proud to say that i researched, shopped and bargained myself from the beginning to end. the whole buying stuff in korea can at times be intimidating and it makes me anxious. last thursday i went to the market, went in about 5-6 shops and got prices. i needed to do some more research. we went back on saturday and i bargained my way to a deal. i was super proud of myself. paul said he was a little embarassed by my persistent bargaining with the guy. it was fun and i was in shock the rest of the day that i did it. woo hoo! i am hoping to take lots of pics of europe. i will also be taking two furry friends with us---hope bear and frederick the frog (4F's class mascot).
check back often to read about our adventure.....
p.s.--the hair dryer is working to de-ice the air con. yeah!
Friday, June 26, 2009
i have been working on a few artsy projects here and there. finally finished the laptop sleeve that i have been working on. woo hoo! yeah for being artsy and cool. here is a pic....more on flickr page.
in other news, sam is having more pooping issues. i took him to the vet on monday. he had some x-rays, an ultrasound, and went home with some furrball meds which also works as a laxative. we tried that for a few days with no success. he is still hungry and eating which dr. yoon, the vet, says is a good sign. wednesday we made another trip to the vet. this time india came along for her yearly check up. thank goodness for our friend anne and her kiddos who were kind enough to take us to the vet. this time dr. yoon gave me a take home enema to give to sam. oh boy! india checked out ok, sam got his yearly shots, and i stocked up on cat food and litter for july. after two attempts with the enema there was still no action. today, thursday, i gave him another go with the enema. he went straight for the box and made some small pressies. i was excited. he then made a few more about five minutes later. i was encouraged and hopeful. the only issue now is that he is still stopped up. we go back to the vet again tomorrow for a check up and hope that dr. yoon can clear this up before we leave for our trip. please pray for sam. i know he is older and i am sure his body is slowing down, but i am not ready at the moment. i just cannot think about it now. pray for healing and recovery and no pain.
today i met my friend natalie for brunch. it was fun to hang out and catch up. then i piddled around the hongdae area which was super fun! it is near the art school and there is lots to see and be inspired by. i came home and then went to meet paul for dinner at on the border.
the weather has warmed up here, but there has been quite a nice breeze the last few days that make the shade a great place to be. i have enjoyed it. i got to sit outside on wednesday with my friends, anne and johan, while there kiddos played behind their building. so fun!
it is hard to believe that this time next week we will be in budapest and beginning our european adventure.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
leslie's daughter, sarah, is here visiting too. paul and i have been hanging out and showing sarah lovely seoul. the quirks and quips of the city we have grown to love. it has been so fun! fish market, dr. fish, nanta, jimjilbang, namdaemun market.....all checked off the list.
today we went to a jimjilbang, a korean bath house. it was fun and we all laughed and giggled. yes, we were in the buff and we all had adjuma scrubs. this involves a korean lady scrubbing the dead skin off of you.....lots of dead skin. it is quite the experience, but feels amazing after. woo hoo!!! i feel like a new woman. i cannot wait to do it again before school starts.
i have a list of things to do now that i am out of school. i want to do some spring cleaning and also prepare for our month long adventure across europe. so fun!!!
more to come.....
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
here is the rough plan--
newcastle, england (actually a small village called felton)
always subject to change, but at some point we will make it to these cities at some point during our travels....
please keep me and my kiddos in your prayers.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
this weekend paul and i wanted some r & r. on saturday we went to get massages. it was awesome! we had kebabs at the turkish place before our massages. after we went for snacks at la bocca. we had coffee and desserts while we waited for our sandwiches to go. our desserts were yummy. then we made our way back to the house.
we worked on music and songs for church. paul worked out the music and i make the slide show for the lyrics. it is fun. then we went to church. it was good. the music was good, the message was right on for me and it is always nice to see folks.
after church we came home and heated up our sandwiches. we watched the final episode of battlestar galactica, an episode of the office, and more episodes of the unit. it was a great day of just hanging out and being together. much needed!!!!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
as i write this blog...she is just waking up and warming herself in the texas sunshine (or being drizzled with rain from the latest weather reports). either way she is just starting her day. all over the state folks are being woken up by that great blue sky (or cloudy one) but it doesn't matter.
- i miss the crazy awesome sunsets we have.
- i miss small towns that are quaint and friendly.
- i miss texas cooking---nothing like a good country style breakfast.
- i miss the fresh clean air.
- i miss kolaches (the little hole in the wall place near bingle and long point is the best!)
- i miss the green that is texas (even though there is not much in houston proper).
- i miss the incredible diversity that the state brings---people, opinions, lifestyles, music, arts....it is a crazy mix!
- i miss friends and family that are warm and welcoming.
- i miss chatting about the weather with random folks (especially if they are over 70 and live in the country).
- i miss the landscape (modern and not so).
- i miss the feeling of just being in texas...you know you are in texas when you cross the border....it just "feels" like texas with or without a sign to inform you of location.
- i miss green signs with city names and populations on them.
- i miss wandering through antique and junk shops with my mom.
- i miss drinking coffee at all the cool shops inside the loop.
- i miss freebirds!
TEXAS....I MISS YOU!!!
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crocheting and knitting is cool!!!
Monday, March 02, 2009
- paul and i have found a church community that meets on campus. paul has been leading worship for the last four weeks and the pastor is from the baptist church in town. so far, so good. an answered prayer for us!
- sam is doing ok. his kidney function has lowered (he is 80 in human years, so goodness he is old), but he is doing ok. we are just making sure he is happy and well loved.
- i have made some great friends at knitting club every other week. so fun to meet up with ladies who are here in seoul and have so many talents and loves.
- i am still going to ceramics which has been fun and exciting. quite the creative outlet for myself.
- i am healthy and not major sick.
- i did get to 10 pounds down, but i am probably up now from the crazy last two weeks or so. i did make myself a ten pound star reward which was fun! i also treated myself with a haagen dazs bar.
- we got an espresso machine which is super fun....nespress le cube. love it!!!
- we are going to hong kong for spring break!
- we both have jobs and are secure in them....praying for all our friends who are struggling at the moment.
- i have some great friends at school that i have been spending time with!!! :)
- i have been more creative lately.....YEAH!
- did not get the art job....i know that it is all in God's timing and i need to trust Him with the plan. hard to do though. we are staying in seoul another year and then plan to potentially try to move to another country.
- eating better and trying to lose weight...the last few weeks have been a roller coaster for me.....all this "not knowing" and feeling totally disappointed has made it hard to stay on track with eating and getting shape.
- being a better communicator at school.
- trusting God and not being cynical....heard a great message at church last week about cynicism....psalm 37....gosh, it was so good for me to hear!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
school has been busy. i had to write reports last week which made going to the gym impossible for me. i wait until the last minute to do them, so i am usually up late and intaking loads of caffeine. i did manage to not eat horribly, but the gym did not happen. they are finised and done with for now....will have to write them again in about nine weeks or so.
i am down seven pounds. WOO HOO!!! i am quite excited. i have big rewards for myself when i hit 20 pounds down, 40 pounds down, and goal. i cannot wait. so far it has been easy although i was quite bored with tracking last week. it gets annoying. i am still doing it though and will weigh again in the morning.
i am posted more pics on the flickr page (click on link on the right). the rest of the vietnam pics are up and then some random ones from since we have been back. be sure to have a look.
only three teaching days this week which is nice. we just had a long weekend with the lunar new year holiday. it was fun and i enjoyed the time off. i think we have quite the haul until the next break which i think is spring break at the end of march. ugh. i hope the times goes quickly. paul and i are planning to go to hong kong for the holiday. woo hoo!!! i hope to do some shopping there.
no news on the art job. my prinicpal just left for two weeks of recruiting state side on saturday. he hopes to be able to let me know when he returns. i hope that God will continue to give me the sense of peace about the whole thing and make his will happen.
paul and i have been attending a church service here on campus on saturday evenings from 5-6pm. it just began two weeks ago by some of the parents on the SFS school board. it has been great so far. the pastor is from the international baptist church. the groups is small and the service is simple. we like it so far and hope that it will continue to work out. we have missed being in community with church. it is in the SFS chapel which is about a five minute walk from the apartment. yeah!!!
Friday, January 16, 2009
Woo hoo.....it's snowing!!!
Saturday, January 10, 2009
school was good too. even though my students and i were all pretty tired most of the week adjusting to be back at school. funny story......one of my students, brian, was helping another student, bridget, look up the work appetizer in the dictionary. they found it and were discussing endings.....appetizing and appetizer. brian kindly looks at her and says, "you just take the -ing off and add the -er." he said this with a slight french accent and a bit of sarcasm that had me rolling. they are so funny. i love working with kids.
paul and i tried a new church this week as well. it was good, but in total we have four hours of travel time.....two there and two back. ugh. that is the down side and we are currently trying to decide if it is truly worth it on a school night.
Sunday, January 04, 2009
my goals for this week....
- go to the gym and walk for about 40 minutes or so for at least three times.
- write down ALL the food that i eat regardless of what it is.
paul and i went to the grocery store this evening and got some fresh fruit and veg as well as some necessary staples (i.e. detergent and rice for ms. lee). most of the afternoon i read articles and other information on weight watchers dot com.
we came home and we picked up the apartment. then i began making my lunches, prep for my egg omelette in the morning, and made snacks. i wrote down all the point values of the snacks in my lunch bag so i am prepared.
it is good and i feel motivated. 2009 is a year for change in my health. :)
a quote i read on someone's site recently---
"failure to plan is planning to fail"
one from my friend leslie is..."there is no food more important than becoming the person God wants you to be."
so many friends have just had their babies, about to deliver, or are due this year.....
so exciting and fun! i pray that each of them are blessed with amazing joy and healthiness.
paul and i are waiting another year or so before we talk baby plans. my goal this year is get healthy and in better shape. this includes making better food choices and moving more. starting monday, i am going to try my best to go to the gym at least three days a week and start journaling my eating. i want be in shape and healthy.
a quote i keep on the fridge from my dear friend leslie....
"there is no food more important that becoming the person God wants you to be."
Saturday, January 03, 2009
In the show, the pastry chef who now makes crazy cakes is named Duff. He is not your typical guy for this kind of job. He has a goatee and his staff at the bakery are his friends. Most of which have tattoos, crazy hair cuts, piercings, and dress eclectically. My kind of bakery for sure. They like to challenge themselves by making cakes that are crazy and different. I love it. It is inspiring.
Today Paul and I slept in late again. It was an accident since the alarm did not go off. Ugh. Oh well, we went our for a late lunch/early dinner at an indian place and then went for coffee. We came home and Paul has been working on setting up my old laptop with the TV and I have been really creative. I hung up the wall hanging we got in Vietnam. It looks great. I also made an installation for pictures with string and these pre-cut paper frames. It looks cool....I just need to print pics to put in the frames. Then I straigtened some things up a bit and still felt artsy. I decided to put the base coat on the canvas that has been sitting blank forever, it seems. It is now drying and then I can gesso up another one. I have had an idea since we were in Vietnam and I am anxious to get it on canvas. I just have to wait for the easel to be free.
I love being artsy!!! I feel so in touch with my inner self when I indulge my creativity. :)