Hope you all are doing well. Things on this side of the world have been kind of nuts lately with the Japan earthquake and tsunami. We weren't sure at first if Mike was going to have to go to Japan has a rescue help or helping passing out aid but they are sending the Navy to do that instead. As for my trip, as of right now, I am still going (which personally I think is kind of crazy). But Okinawa was completed untouched, in fact, a woman that works for the bank out there emailed a coworker here and told her she didn't even feel it! I'm a little nervous but I know they wouldn't send us unless it was absolutely safe. Things could change though so I will still keep you posted. I'm supposed to leave Monday, the 21st.
On a more enlightening note, we went to a new place last weekend. It is called Insadong. It was about an hour-ish from our house on the subway. A women I work with told us we should go there because tourists really like it. It kind of reminded me of a "China town" of Korea. It had all the traditional Korean souvenirs, pottery, things like that. Korea is especially known for their pottery (Nana, you'd love it) so that was really cool to look at. I think my favorite thing in Korea is their colored rice paper lamps. You can choose your design, any color, shapes. They are so awesome but really expensive. I'm saving for mine now..it's like $130..you'll see why they are a rip off but they are hand made..I somehow justify it :)
Insadong is especially known for their vendors. They have some of the best Korean food (more like snacky-junk food that Koreans don't even eat) but they know Americans LOOOVE it. Here is a vendor that is selling I think sugar coated-roasted chestnuts. Actually, nevermind I just realized it's some wood work stuff. Anyways, there was one person selling those, ha!
Here are some more pictures of Insadong...
Anyways, it was really fun! Definitely a place to take visitors. I will continue to keep you all posted about Japan. Have a great week!
Miss you guys!