Saturday, April 26, 2003

We've been relishing in hot weather all week long. Temperatures have been up in the high 20s everyday with clear blue skies overhead. If this is any indication of what summer will be like, then it will be very good indeed. Everyone keeps warning us however - that the heat becomes oppressive. But, in the meantime, I've been enjoying just sitting up on my roof and reading the newspaper.

With the nice weather, I've been spending lots of time outdoors - hashing, playing ultimate frisbee or soccer. I've just joined Ulsan's expat soccer team (the Won Shot Wanderers FC) and last weekend we had a round-robin tournament on the pitches down by the Taewha River. We played 5-aside games for about 4 hours until we were all exhausted. Next week, we have a match against Real Busan (Busan's expat team) and we have a couple matches lined up against groups of Korean soldiers and police officers.

Unfortunately, with the heat also comes the bugs. With the blooming flowers and budding trees, we're starting to see the first mosquitos - an unwelcome sight. Amy and I have spent much of the week bug-proofing all of our windows with mosquito netting in an attempt to try and cut down on the number of little buggers that try to sneak inside.

As spring has arrived and summer approaches, we are starting to give thought to our upcoming vacations. But this year, any travel is complicated by this whole SARS thing. I'm not going to be traveling to Hong Kong anytime soon, nor to China. In fact, I'm not sure I want to come back to Canada! I think I'm safer in Korea (where there haven't been any confirmed cases yet, knock on wood)!

We've got a couple long weekends coming up in the next couple of months so we're trying to organize all of the logistics for travel. Our original plan to go and visit some of the islands (Jeju-do, Ullung-do) that surround the pennisula has fallen through, due primarily to SARS. Not because of any outbreak, rather since May and June are traditionally the months most Koreans go on their honeymoons, most have opted to stay local instead of travelling to previously popular destinations like Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong. It's made it virtually impossible to make reservations to get to any of the destinations in Korea, meanwhile prices on flights outside of the country within Asia have been dropping steadily.


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