In the past five days in Seoul, we have managed to see a good amount of the subways system, we've covered a fair number of kms around the city, we've moved in to a new apartment, we've got rooms at least half furnished, no one has yelled yet during IKEA furniture assembly, and the kids are still talking to us.
We have a new couch, a queen bed partly assembled at writing time, and more furniture for the kids' rooms to come. I still need lots for the kitchen, but I should be able to make a simple dinner tomorrow.
George and Molly are falling in love with the animals in the zoo which is open all hours of the day to explore. It's only 300m away so they can venture there on their own. They buy food from a vending machine for a $1 and feed it to the hungry deer, peacocks and such. At least they feel like they have some friends.
The apartment is fine. It's required a good amount of cleaning, but not thing windex, grease remover and soap won't fix. The washing machine works and the air is so dry hear that both my skin and the laundry are crackly dry by nightfall. The climb of four flights to the apartment may finally get my legs in shape, and it will remind the kids to remember their subway passes when they leave the apartment...just ask George who had to run back up this morning.
We haven't met a single person in our building yet. Some of the apartments are occupied but the tenants are away during the semester break, and others are expecting new tenants this week. Some of the 8 units will remain empty. Molly was excited to hear two little kids speaking English in the building next door, but we didn't have a chance to meet them...soon. She also say a slew of daycare kids that she'd like to meet. Maybe she could volunteer there.
Anyway, we're all fine. We're getting ready to go for dinner with Barry's old friend, Ambassador Yim. We'll be going to the US Army base! We'll have to tell you about that later.
Gotta get presentable now.