Anthony and I decided to spend the afternoon on Saturday exploring a neighborhood in Yeosu City called Yosu-dong. We strolled there and took time to look in stores we hadn't been in and take in where we were. Walking quickly you can get there in about 10 minutes from our neighborhood, but it took us about 1 hour because we stopped to look around. As we were walking we found tons of garden stores, clothes stores that are SUPER cheap, and a really beautiful huge Catholic Church. We decided that it must be the main one in the city. There was a hill right behind the church with a beautiful statue. Then we got into the heart of the neighborhood. They are really trying to make it nice for the Expo. It is going to be the main neighborhood for all of the visitors to go. There is fashion, good restaurants including PIZZA, bars and clubs! We decided to just walk around aimlessly to find out more about the area. We ended up doing some shopping where I got a really cute top for only $8.00 US. It was great! Then we walked down the main pedestrian boulevard up to a rotunda where there were farmers wives lining the street, seen in the picture, selling everything that they grow in their garden. One thing that has been incredibly interesting here and I have to mention it here because of all of the very old women selling their produce, is that they have such bad osteoporosis. We have been shocked at how bad it is. I'm not sure what the reasoning is, but I'm sure it has to do with not getting enough calcium and manual labor! By the end of our trip to Yosu-dong we decided that if we ever moved into a bigger apartment that we definitely wanted to move to there. It is the nicer, cooler part of town and the night life is great!
Yesterday was Sunday and it poured all day! We were planning to go to Dolsan-do Island, but the weather definitely kept us from doing that. Instead we opted for an outing to E-Mart. It is Korea's Wal-mart equivalent. It was a CRAZY ZOO! The Korean Thanksgiving holiday is coming up this weekend and we should have known that rainy day+ Sunday+ Thanksgiving holiday= BAD day to go to E-Mart! It was so funny to see so many people in one place. I think the whole city of Yeosu was there. One thing that they have that is different from the states is prepackaged "presents" of every product you can think of. Lotions, liquor, red pepper paste, rice cake candies, etc. and they are like 90,000 won a piece! It is customary to give gifts for the holiday we found out later.
We really had a good weekend of just being in Yeosu and enjoying ourselves. We are becoming more familiar with the city and the neighborhoods and feeling more at home! We are also learning more of the language! Stay tuned.