Ashley McDaniel

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So a lot of you have asked me to do a blog while I'm in Korea. Even though I'm html and blog challenged, I thought I still might try. Throughout my time in Korea (south of course) i will update each day on here, showing you where I went, what I did and ate. I'm sure some of you probably are already assuming that my diet will consist of fast food and sweets. However, I'm not going to limit my experience to such foods I could easily find back in the states. Thank you all for the support and I hope that you all will stay tuned in! :)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Dark Chocolate?

So..tonight i jus got a taste of what my month to come will be like. ehh, it was very bitter sweet or like my mom would say "dark chocolate". Let me explain, in order for me to continue my stay in korea, i must get a longer period visa. This process is very painful and longgggggg. . .especially when doing in a foreign contry. Yikes~ welp anyways, just a few hours ago, jennifers dad, her brother and i had about a good 40 minute conversation which consisted of broken korean, brokenengish, broken Konglish, just broken everything. Heres the sad part, AS SOON AS we all understood each other (about my visa), jennifer prances<<--exaggeration right on inside the house :// ehh , as they would say in korea 헐 '_';;; 
even though it was hard, and quite teeth clinching (for all of us). . . . i learned a few more words and got to feel the conversation.

Basically what im trying to say, is that even though its difficult to communicate. . it was a good lesson for me(and for them the same). I hope that after i attend my school, i will be able to communicate more clearly and comfortably. In the end, all was resolved, and now i can prepare myself for a long month :/ sheeesh~

welp i ll be back to share more embarassing situations and fun ones as well,
SEE ya

Thursday, August 26, 2010

sorry. . .

So im back, wishing i had good news to share. Ehh. . all of this stuff is overwhelming. Its difficult to get everything in order when you cant speak the same language. Even though i know a lot....! I cant hold a good substantial conversation. Im notsure what i am going to do when jennifer leaves, i didnt realize how tough it would be until i got here. Surprise...well i will still continue to pray and trust that God has my situation under control.

As for todays experience, we were woken up to a phone call from her mom. She told us to be ready in about 30 minutes. Waiting for us at the bottom of her apartment were her grandparents. (here in Korea, older people are considered to be high class, as far as treating them with great respect) Unlike America, we had to prepare ourselves to act with poise and respect. I find this way of culture interesting and reasonable. Sorry for the aside. . . . . . . .Anyways, after we met them we got in the car and headed to a traditional korean restaurant. They served a lot of food, some of which i tried but absolutely didnt like. Im sure my mom would very much like the food, and its all in small portions. After our meal, jennifer and i went to the post office. After there we went to krispy kreme and then went on home. Now im sitting at the computer with my next to do list for tomorrow and an empty brain. I feel like my time here will and has already began to change me. Thank you for being patient with me, after i begin to settle down. . . my post will be up quicker. Until then...keep praying and stay happy :)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

wow. . .31° C/87.8° F

I think im bout to pass out its extremely hot here. Even though its not 90 or 100 degrees, they dont turn the air condition on in the house (to save energy). . .and the humidity, whew~ 
welp soon it will begin to cool downn. . 
Right now me and jennifer are about to get ready to go out to a place called 명동. This is a famous shopping street here in SKorea. You can find so much stuff for a low price, and really expensive stuff. So there is a lot of variety. Then later we are going to go see a movie, maybe with her friends too. :)) I will take pictures and put them on here so you can see the place. And i will put the other pictures i have taken up on here from the other dayy. Well....i should hurry up and go get readyy. I will be back to share more stories from the past days and pictures...
Love you all,