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Thursday, 28 July 2011

Visiting Fort Matanzas, a small yet historic Spanish fort, involves a short boat ride. For a bit of the history, read the sign in the first picture.

Monday, 25 July 2011

Summer Vacation: St. Augustine, Florida

We visited St. Augustine, Florida, a city founded by the Spanish in 1565 on the east coast. The city has some historic buildings as well as a large, well-preserved fort. Take a minute and read the sign in the first picture:)

Friday, 15 July 2011

American Animals

Animals (wild) that I have seen in the U.S. this summer:

rabbits deer snake coyote
turtles marmot armadillo vultures
alligators groundhog woodpeckers skink
foxes squirrels hummingbirds lizard

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Women's World Cup Soccer (er, Football)

Congratulations to the U.S. women's soccer team--they beat France 3-1 to advance to the World Cup finals.

The U.S. team will play Japan on Sunday (2 pm EST) for the World Cup title.

A question--who are my friends in Korea going to root for? The U.S., because many Koreans do not, um, like Japan so much? Or will Koreans pull for an Asian winner?

Monday, 4 July 2011

Vacation Pics 3: Maryland #2

The National Aeronautic and Space Museum (in Virginia).

A very big building with lots of airplanes . . .

Friday, 1 July 2011


American food variety: great

Korean public transportation: great

One of my thoughts--given that I live in South Korea but am visiting the U.S. for several months--is that we Americans are fortunate to have such a variety of food. From restaurants to grocery stores, it is fairly easy to eat a wide selection of food. I have managed, for example, in each place I have visited this summer, to buy kimchi (2 out of 3 have been good). The local shopping mall where I am now in Maryland has a nice "ethnic" food court.

Something that I have not enjoyed is that you have to drive to get anywhere. People here are accustomed to 10-30 minute car trips to go to a shopping area or restaurant. The multi-use areas in Korea seem increasingly desirable, as I can walk to most places in 5-10 minutes from where I live. However, I like the quiet nature of the living areas I have visited in the U.S., so it's a give-take situation, a trade-off.

Summer Vacation Pics 3: Maryland

I went with my younger brother and his family to the National Park Zoo in Washington, D.C., for a day of fun. Some of the exhibits were closed, but overall it was a good experience (and free!).