This Morning before Church
Quicker than we could have imagined, our first visit is over! To me, it feels like a dream. I waited 10 days. Justin came home. Now suddenly he is gone again. I am writing this blog post in hopes that I can at least smile while thinking of what we did in the last 24 hours.
Justin arrived in Hanam yesterday in the late afternoon. I had gone to the gym for a run, and kept imagining him appearing then. I hoped that I would not get too excited and fall off the treadmill. When I came back to the apartment to shower, I thought that he would be in the room, waiting, when I got out. Still nothing. While I sat on the bed waiting eagerly for him, every noise I heard made me jump to my feet. It took him a while to get home… but eventually he did, and we hugged for a long time, not wanting to let go! We had made no plans for our one evening together, not knowing how we would feel. Pastor Debra wanted to feed Justin the minute he walked in the door, and David couldn’t wait to get a hug!
After a sandwich at home, we went to have some snacks at the cafe across the road. Muffins, pretzel, and olive bread. It was all really tasty. We caught up on the details of our afternoon… but already I was starting to think about him having to leave the following day!
Reunited: Happy Penguins!
Chilling at the bakery-cafe.
We had the option of taking a bus or taxi to a busier area, but we didn’t want to venture too far. Justin had already travelled for over 3 hours to get to me. As lame as it sounds, we decided to walk to the Emart and walk around. We both love shopping, and we thought we could have some fun there. When all you want is to be together, it doesn’t really matter where you go.
This puzzle made us laugh because Justin calls this comic “Where’s Waldo?” and I call it, “Where’s Wally?”. We laugh at our a differences in speech and vocabulary. You can read more about all in this post – He Says ~ She Says.
We got lost for hours on the clothing level of Emart. Justin needed some new jeans, and we found some great bargains while we were there. We often just look for clothes for me, but last night, I wanted to be sure to help him find some nice things because he always helps me. After that we headed to the “mystery level”. This is a level of EMart which we previously thought was non-existant because all we could see from the escalator was a massive white wall. Last week, when I was shopping alone, I found another set of escalators at the back of the store. I took Justin to the mystery level and we got some goodies for his students. They have really been good this past week, and he will being saying goodbye at the end of this following week. He wanted to have a little farewell gift for each of them.
Inside the EMart is a small food counter where you can sit and have something to eat. The food is the same as that served by street-food vendors. There are tons of fried things to choose from, and plenty of duk boki for all the hungry shoppers. This is a perfect example of how often Koreans eat. I remember making the mistake of going to the grocery store, and buying way too much food, and then eagerly racing home because I was hungry. Not in Korea, you could get a bite to eat on the way to the store, outside the store, or even IN the store!
I had a portion of Duk Boki, which is pretty much a staple street food. It consists of cylindrical rice cakes cooked in a chilli paste with pieces of fish cake, and occasionally a hard boiled egg. It is a great treat for warming up on cold winter days.
I also ordered a portion of Odang (boiled fish cake on a stick) which comes with a warm salty broth. In fact, I mainly enjoy the broth and this is why I ordered it. When Koreans want to give you something for free, they hand it over with a big smile, saying “service-ah”. They gave us a free portion of Odang because they recognised us.
After a cold walk home, through the snow, we spent the rest of the evening watching movies. We didn’t want the night to end, so we stayed up way too late. That meant that this morning, we were really tired when we had to wake up for church.
Lunch and Bananagrams.
By lunch time we were both teary so we tried to keep busy in an attempt to sidetrack our minds from thoughts of Justin having to leave in a few hours from then. I am ordinarily quite good at this game, but I was having a hard time concentrating!
We tried to hang onto every hour, and then each last minute, that we had together, but before we knew it, the time had come for Justin to leave. Needless to say, there were plenty tears, and we both feel really sad at the moment! It is very hard to imagine that he comes home again next weekend, and then leaves again for another week of work. I am trying to remind myself that this next period will only be 6 nights, and that is much better than the 10 days that we just made it through. We have friends, Philip and Lanie, who are currently apart for work reasons too, and have been for 7 weeks. I honestly don’t know how they do it! I feel like I am in physical pain when Justin leaves.
It is complete heartbreak every time!!
It is complete heartbreak every time!!
ON A HAPPY NOTE…
Only 40 days remain until Our Wedding in
Sunny Cape Town, South Africa!!!
Lots of countdowns going on right now.
We hope that the following two weeks move by swiftly.