Well it’s been a good two weeks now here in the new digs and things are slowly coming together. I’ve never moved into a place that was completely unfurnished and without a car or driver’s license getting the big stuff here has taken some doing, along with the kindness of friends, family and new friends. The good thing is if you’re not too choosy then you can get almost all of that stuff for free. Couch, small table, chairs; for all intents and purposes there’s no such thing as op-shops (or community) in Seoul. You see how I’m still complaining about korea.

It’s great to have soil (a really decent (decent for a flat) sized enclosed front yard) and sky (no giant buildings blocking it out and the marbling grey, blue, white approaching sunset. Different sorts of clouds, rainbows, a certain shade of blueness to the blue and rainbow lorikeets _zzapping_ across). I’m also loving¬† the fact that while we’re in a relatively inner ‘burb (in geelong, sure) and that it’s dead quiet at night. It seems that everyone here sleeps at night. In Seoul there was always people walking around, driving around all night. You’d see whole families including little kids out at 11:30pm — it’s nice that there’s no fear of street crime there but kids should be in bed.

monitored for training purposes

Well, it’s been a touch over two weeks back in australia, and all of it in the country at my mum’s place. Some time was spent house-hunting and some time has been spent waiting for the place we got become ready to move into. I’m heading back to right near where I was living before moving to s.korea, in Geelong west. I’m happy about that. It feels like the right place for me. Hopefully it’s practical re study and or work for me and or J-e.

It’s a bit difficult getting used to watching tv shows that are on free-to-air tv again because of all the commercials. Watching a 90min movie takes two and a half hours. But because of the digital thingy¬† now there’s a lot more choice than there was 8 years ago. We cleaned out the gutters on the roof of the house. Easily the best, well-mulched soil on the whole property up there.

In Australia and especially out here in the ruralscape, life is all lived in what the nerds call meatspace. A little less so in Korea. I’ve been trying to buy a few things like a futon and a fridge and initially tried looking things up on the internet, but when places actually have a website, usually it’s just a static page with no prices and no way of doing online purchases. Not that I’d buy either of those things sight-unseen. With real-estate being a lot less available in seoul, web-shops are much more common.