7th Jul 2012 - A South Korean Summer...
The rain has begun...
Although in England some summers seem to be a permanent rainy season (sorry to all you folks back home in the floods ;-) we have never experienced an ‘official’ rainy season before and it was something that I wasn’t looking forward to! At the moment it is about 33degrees and 70+ humidity and this combined with torrential rain and no breeze has been pretty hard work! At least the lack of wind means you can use an umbrella most of the time however due to the heat I seem to have been permanently wet either from sweat or rain for the last few days!
Typically rainy season starts end of June/beginning of July and can last between 2-5 weeks (this is according to all my co teachers so don’t quote me on this), there was some rain at the end of June but this week has been rainy every day so I am assured by the teachers that rainy season has begun! Woooo! Not! It is nice to see the river again though as for most of our time here the river has consisted of a pathetic stream so to see a fast flowing high river has been nice.
We haven’t really done anything for the last month hence the lack of blogs! We have been concentrating on our MA studies and trying to save money for the upcoming holidays and move at the end of our Korean contract. This weekend was our first time out socialising with friends in a while so we found some cool new bars in the evening to kill some time, we even managed to watch the tennis in one place, as the owner kindly changed all the TV channels to let us watch Wimbledon! We also got an invite from a group of rather drunk old Korean men who were trying to make us come and join them for some beer as we walked past, quite an offer but we declined seeing as they were really drunk and just wanted the kudos of being seen drinking with a foreigner! Another time perhaps… Cycling in torrential rain in flip flops is an art form that I am getting very good at and I can even balance my umbrella now too which is useful yet probably slightly dangerous! At least the rain is stopping us from going out and spending money I suppose.