Mr. Toilet House

On Sunday, October 2nd, we started the day like any other day and took a bus to go to church. Our first bus was late to the bus station, which meant we wouldn’t make it to church once again. Sometimes we take the next bus back to Dangjin, but it was a nice day so we took a bus to Pyeongtaek and then took the train to Suwon. We went to Suwon in the spring and we weren’t sure what else there was to see so we stopped by the Tourist Information Center near the train station and found this gem:

We couldn’t believe someone actually made a museum about toilets! We were dressed for church not hiking so we thought the museum would be better and funnier. 

For the first part of the museum we were given a brief tour. It was really hard not to laugh while she was talking. The tour guide said that the bathroom in Mr. Toilet’s house was in the middle of the house. He would read his newspaper in his bathroom and was able to see his family from the door sized window. When privacy was needed, he would push a button to fog the window so no one could see in or out.

The museum had medals and information about Mr. Toilet. He was nicknamed Mr. Toilet because of the work he did to improve public toilets in Korea and around the world. According to a sign in the museum, his interest in toilets began as a baby… He was born in the outhouse at his grandmother’s house!

When we were leaving the museum, the tour guide asked us to fill out a survey and gave us souvenirs, two piles of gold dung.


3rd Continental Sports Game

On Saturday Rachel and I attended our first professional sports game in Asia. That now marks the 3rd different continent that each of us has seen a sports game on. In North America we both watch many different games. Rachel watched AC Milan play in Europe. I watched a Rugby game in Australia.

We went to Jamsil Stadium in Seoul to watch the Hanwha Eagles play the Doosan Bears. Before leaving on the bus to Seoul we were doing some shopping and an older Korean gentlemen asked us where we were from in good English. We told him America and he said we looked like we from “European.” Then he said we looked like we were from Switzerland. I am not sure whether to take that as a compliment or not. I’ll accept that as a good sign and hopefully prophetic. We ate lunch at a cute hamburger place in Dangjin before leaving. The cashier did not know much English but she asked us something about tomato, kiwi, and something else. I figured she was asking if we wanted anything else on our sandwich and did not want kiwi, so I said tomato. Turns out she was asking about drinks so we both ended up with Tomato Juice drinks. Certainly not the best drink I’ve had before.

A lot of people go to Seoul on the weekend so it is a good idea to get a ticket ahead of time. We bought our return ticket once we got to Seoul. After some shopping we went to the stadium. I had heard that getting off at Olympic Park stadium is faster than going to the Jamsil stop. But I figured the stadium is name Jamsil so we should get off there. Well, the stadium is directly outside the Olympic Park subway stop which we found out after going back to that stop. We bought some thunder sticks in the subway station before buying our tickets. We decided to cheer for the Hanwha Eagles because they are from Daejeon (instead of Seoul–going for the underdogs) and because they had orange uniforms. Doosan was ranked 6th and Hanwha 7th out of 8 teams in the league so we weren’t expecting too much.

Buying tickets was really easy. Usually you can just walk up at any time and buy tickets for anywhere. We got there about 40 minutes early and the infield was already sold out. So we ended up with outfield seats. When we bought tickets the lady asked which team we were cheering for. They actually divided the stadium up based on the team you cheer for. They do not have seat numbers for the outfield, so we just found some seats and waited for the game to start. By time the game started the stadium was completely packed! There were even people sitting on the stairs. The game was a ton of fun too. The fans get into the game more than in America. They have a guy that leads the fans in different chants. I tried to follow along, but it was in Korean so I was a little confused.

The game was really good too. The Eagles ended up winning 6-0! It lasted as long as an American game would but the tickets were much cheaper. I think we only paid 8,000 won ($8) each for our tickets. Getting on the subway was really easy afterwards as well. I figured we were going to have to wait a while, but we just hopped on and left. Apparently going to a baseball game in Korea is the thing to do if you are foreigner. We saw a ton of foreigners at the game. I hope we can go to another game before the summer is done because it was a lot of fun.

Wizard of Oz

“The feet of the dead Witch had disappeared entirely, and nothing was left but the silver shoes. ‘She was so old,’ explained the Witch of the North, ‘that she dried up quickly in the sun. That is the end of her. But the silver shoes are yours, and you shall have them to wear.'” – The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

I’m not sure when I watched The Wizard of Oz for the first time, but ever since then and up until a couple of days ago, I thought that Dorothy had red ruby slippers. I expected the book to be different than the movie, but I didn’t think they would go as far to change the color of her shoes! I had always wondered why the feet of Wicked Witch of the East had shriveled up when her shoes were removed. . . now I know why.

Recently I’ve been reading free ebooks because it’s too cold to do much outside and watching tv shows online can be exasperating. I have Hotspot Shield on my Mac, and Peter has both Hotspot Shield and UltraSurf. I had originally downloaded Hotspot to my Mac and Peter’s PC, but shows were stopping every two seconds to load. So I looked for something better and came up with UltraSurf, but it’s only for Windows. Neither programs are currently working right, but iTunes let me rent a movie last night. I was really surprised that it actually worked. I didn’t even need to hide my ip address! I guess the real test is how it works when we watch it tonight. It’s downloaded onto my computer instead of streaming online so I think it will be ok.