We left Minnesota a month ago today so to celebrate a month in SK we are posting a tour of our home. We are settling in, it is quite comfortable and the neighborhood is a good fit. Like nord-east Minneapolis, but without the Polish touches. We’ll post a video about our neighborhood one day, until then I’ll give you the gist. We live in the northwestern corner of “old Mokpo.” We are surrounded by a port and shipyard, mountains, and small family markets. Most vacant lots and open spaces are filled with agriculture. Women grow canola, sweet peas, bell peppers, red lettuce, and unknown greens. They then sell them on the sidewalk. The sidewalks are covered with merchants who sell meat, seafood, produce, clothes, kim chi, plants and accessories right on the sidewalk. We love this, because the prices are much better than the big markets. Some of our friends live across town in “new Mokpo,” where are very few sidewalk markets. The stores there sell mainly western imports (expensive) or knock-offs (still expensive.) The general atmosphere of “new Mokpo” is more like Uptown. It is okay for a couple of hours, then I want to come home.
This is the first video that we have edited. I know it looks choppy, but we spent 3-4 hours fussing with it. It might be time for film school. I think it will give you a good idea of our home. This seems to be a typical “couples” apartment. Singles get a small efficiency apartment with no living room, and often have only a one burner stove.
Anyways, I hope you enjoy the tour. Please register with wordpress and subscribe to the blog so you can get notice of future posts sent to your inbox. It is so nice to read your comments and see that you’ve been by. It’s just another way to keep in touch.
officetel: small, furnished apartments that are also used as business offices. Many Koreans live in these small apartments.