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So, the N1H1 virus keeps rolling on. Here in Ulsan, the Onggi (pottery) Festival, and the World Music Festival have both been canceled. Many events have been canceled nationwide because (I've heard) the government feels an event for more than 1,000 people (especially international visitors) poses too much of a health risk.
A couple weeks ago, my school was closed early for one day so it could be disinfected after one of the 6th grade students was a confirmed case, and I'm told, some other students have recently tested positive as well.
The head teacher of my school advised me today to be careful to stay healthy, and to call her and go to the hospital immediately if I have a fever.
Today made me think that perhaps I have taken too much of a laissez-faire attitude about N1H1, though, I did buy a couple bottles of the hand sanitizer thats' been doing brisk business around here. Also, the hypochondriac in me blitzkriegs even the suspicion of illness with meds, water, and vitamins. I can't afford to get sick. I'm a foreigner who lives all alone with no Mother to nurse me, and it's an inconvenient pain in the a$$ to get an appointment with an English-speaking doctor in the best of times. We're not in Seoul anymore, folks.
My semi-quarantine of social anxiety is pulling its weight at last.
So...last weekend, I finally went on another TaLK program culture tour. This time to experience the scenic autumn beauty of Andong. Wanna see?
Apparently, Queen Elizabeth II visited this factory and this part of the country last year. In the photo below she politely accepts local hospitality. She doesn't look too thrilled, although; lets face it, she was never known for her warmth.
Next, we went to a traditional village theatre, where there was an outdoor play. The place was packed, so I gave up trying to watch, and waited outside.
More kimchi than you know what to do with!
"Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves"
Later, after settling into Hotel Punggi, some of us took in some local color (some old guy making derrogetory comments about foreigners), and went to the norae yeonseubjang (Karaoke parlor). I got a perfect score for "Gettin' Jiggy with it."
I got a kick out of the nightshift guy's lego Jack Sparrow sweatshirt, so I took a picture. He was as bashful as any young maiden I've ever met!
Next day we went to the grounds of an old college, and nearby museum.
“Make new memories.” you say? Why reinvent the wheel??!!!