Things Around VI

Sunday | August 5th, 2012

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You can sometimes see in pictures off the roof of our flat, an orange domed roof. This same roof is at the top (in the hero image) as it belongs to the nearby elementary school. It was featured (at the bottom) of Things Around I back in March a few weeks after moving to Gyeongju. I’ve also walked late at night with Twitchy looking for a spot she approves of and been along the busy street-side of the school (the hero image at top is considered the front of the building even though it opens onto a back street) which can be seen on Day 137.

Red peppers are used in every food practically. In the summer, it’s common to lay them out in the sun (above) to dry after being picked. I passed this particular batch a week ago when they were stacked ankle-deep inside the corner building (also seen in the left in this shot).

It’s been a very picturesque summer so far. As the temperature rises and the humidity becomes unbearable and the skies shed their clouds from the monsoon season, nearly every old house looks great against this backdrop (above, left and right). The house on the left reminds me of our house because our clothes line is also on top of a short building (the “outside” bathroom) right next to the main gate.

Even on “good” cloud days, I still prefer a nice wall shot and Gyeongju is teeming with them. Each one quirky and memorable, I’ve started to not notice them as much as the first few weeks wandering around town. That’s a shame, but I knew it would happen and that is one of the reasons I created this blog, to remember what things felt like and looked like.

About the Thumbnail

The thumbnail image is a tomb. Wherever I go in this town there is a tomb or a small hill mound to memorialize a tomb. This photograph was shot on Day 160 when we went to 대릉원 (Daeneungwon Park).

Daily Report

I didn’t sleep last night. I struggled to write or create a script that would grab an .mp3 from a folder, open it, insert markers in pre-determined places, split the audio file into eleven segments based on those

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Gyeongju

Out beyond the fake lake (Bomun) for Christmas Day lunch at a place called the Healing Kitchen. It’s all farms and hilltops here. And roads to more farms and hilltops. Except for the noise from the cars, I

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The Fourth Wall

I’m here and alive. Ten days behind the reality of my written life, yet here and alive. TOEIC is the predominant motif of life from the end of the semester until … today. This is the end, after

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This Old Hanok

When we had the bathroom done, we wanted to design our own window for the part of the wall which straddles the storage space along the side of the house. This way we could have clean airflow through

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