Vacation Prep. and Book List

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Back to back posts. Separated for the sake of organization.

My plane flight to the states is set for next Sunday. I have to leave my current, school provided, apartment by Wednesday morning so a lovely friend of mine is going to let me stay with her for a while. She’s just moved in! A new teacher at my current school.
The teacher she replaced headed back Stateside last week. He’s a great guy, but MAN did he leave a mess in that apartment! I went over to help AL clean up and arrange her new haunt. She inherited some of the furniture that I bought while I was here for my apartment. Cleaning that place was a new level of UCK. It took hours, but it was actually kind of enjoyable.

Back to back posts. Separated for the sake of organization.

My plane flight to the states is set for next Sunday. I have to leave my current, school provided, apartment by Wednesday morning so a lovely friend of mine is going to let me stay with her for a while. She’s just moved in! A new teacher at my current school.
The teacher she replaced headed back Stateside last week. He’s a great guy, but MAN did he leave a mess in that apartment! I went over to help AL clean up and arrange her new haunt. She inherited some of the furniture that I bought while I was here for my apartment. Cleaning that place was a new level of UCK. It took hours, but it was actually kind of enjoyable.
I’m sure it was a sight to behold, two blonde headed foreign girls decked out in dusty t-shirts, jeans hiked to our knees, no make-up, hair a mess (I personally was sporting a bandana over my hair like a cleaning lady) manhandling furniture together from one apartment building to another. My my. We got a couple of sideways glances, but that almost made it even more entertaining.
Lovely AL returned the favor the next night and helped me clean and organize my apartment.
The Joys of Packing
Somehow, I’ve managed to go from being ‘ the girl that takes everything with her for her 1 week vacation in 5 suitcases and a cary on’ to ‘the girl that can fit everything she needs for 3 weeks into one suitcase and still have room for all those souvenirs she bought for her family, and possibly even that small pine tree that was growing in her shower drain when she first arrived. Yeah… that can come too. It’ll go right there in the corner. Next to the shampoo.”

Actually, I’m kind of digging the transition. It’s gonna be easy as pie getting around those airports with just one suitcase and an overnight bag.
Anyhoodle.
I’ve got some lovely reading material for the flight. I took a trip with some friends to KYOBO BOOKS in Seomyeon. They have an English books section. Of course, it’s not exactly extensive, but if you look hard enough you’ll be able to find yourself some good reading material. You might even be forced to step outside your comfort zone with book topics out of desperation. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.
As for me, after about an hour of looking at the same 2 book cases, I finally found 3 titles that piqued my interest.
The first one was
GOOD OMENS by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
Aside from the fact that I LOVE Neil Gaiman, one of my other favorite authors of all time (Clive Barker) had the opening comment on the front cover.
“The Apocalypse has never been funnier.”
Back cover reads:
According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes
Nutter, Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of
prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will
end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.
So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing. Atlantis is rising,
frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be
going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel
and a fast-living demon– both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s
mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the
lifestyle–are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.
And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist…

The next title:
SHOGUN by James Clavell
A 1,152 page epic novel by a #1 New York Times best selling author.
The back reads:
A bold English adventurer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love. All brought together in an extraordinary saga of a time and place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust, and the struggle for power…

And the 3rd title:
The Interpreter by Suki Kim
This is one of those books that I probably wouldn’t have been keen to pick up right away. It took me a couple of minutes to decide that I might as well give it a try.
The back reads:
Suzy Park is a twenty-nine-year-old Korean American interpreter for the New York City court system who makes a startling and ominous discovery about her family history that will send her on a chilling quest. Five years prior, her parents–hardworking greengrocers who forfeited personal happiness for their children’s gain–were brutally murdered in an apparent robbery of their store. But the glint of a new lead entices Suzy into the dangerous Korean underworld, and ultimately reveals the mystery of her parents’ homicide.

Apparently this was Suki Kim’s first novel, written back in 2003. So I’m kind of looking forward to getting into it and seeing how this Author writes. No idea if she’s kept writing over the years. But if this book is any good, I’ll have to hope that she has. When I find an author I like I hoard their work.
Anyway, that’s my reading list for the flight and the 3 week vacation time. I’ll be spending a lot of time home alone since my kid brother is back in school and it’s the middle of the year so parents, older brother, sister-in-law, and other family are going to be working.
Well, I might get another post up before my vacation officially starts. If not, then you’ll be hearing from me at some point during and especially after I arrive back in Korea.
Until next post,
A.



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