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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to everyone. I hope you all have a great year coming up, keeping you healthy, wealthy and wise. Do I have any resolutions? Not really, but I’m going to make an effort to keep this blog more up-to-date. I haven’t been out taking any photos lately because the weather has been just too darned cold and windy. I plan to stay in my apartment tonight and get to bed early, though some of the other teachers are going out later. I have a class tonight until 8 p.m., so I might change my mind between then and now.

I took a bus to go shopping at one of the big supermarkets (Lotte Mart) last week, and the route comes to within a few blocks of the Expo site. From what I could see, there have been no big changes to the area. The International Pavilion building, the Korean Pavilion and other major features were still standing, so that’s good news. I haven’t heard anything yet, though, about what the future plans are for the site. Hopefully, it will be put to good use.

Again, Happy New Year, and best wishes for the future.

Happy Holidays, Everyone!

Happy Holidays to all of my family and friends. Whatever your religious persuasion might be or if you have none, I send you my best wishes for a great end of this year and a superb, healthy and happy 2013. Here’s a toast to you and to a better, happier and more peaceful world to come. Cheers to all!

Yeosu Expo 2012-Romania Pavilion

Romania Pavilion Sign

One of the more colorful pavilions at the Expo was the Romania Pavilion, and it was colorful in more ways than one, changing shades every few minutes. It seemed to occupy a smaller space than other major pavilions, but it was quite beautiful. However, it was larger than at first glance, taking up two floors. It also harbored a small restaurant, which, unfortunately, I never tried. In the early days of the Expo, this was quite a nice area in which to relax at the half dozen or so white, plastic tables with their chairs outside the restaurant. No one from the restaurant or pavilion hassled you if you didn’t order anything, and just sitting there and people watching was quite pleasant. Later, of course, with the huge numbers of people, hanging out there, if you could get a seat at all, was more an exercise in crowd watching; you couldn’t see the forest for the trees, so to speak.

So, here are a few shots of the Romanian Pavilion, chameleon-like, but nice.

Romania Pavilion

Romania Pavilion in Pink and Blue

Romania Pavilion

Romania Pavilion in Green

Romania Pavilion

Romania Pavilion in Purple

Romania Pavilion

Romania Pavilion in Violet

Romania Pavilion

Romania Pavilion in Blue

Romania Pavilion

Romania Pavilion in Brown

Upstairs at the Romania Pavilion

Upstairs at the Romania Pavilion

Yeosu Expo 2012-Pavilion Exteriors

We had some nice weather the last few days, pale reminders of this past summer, but it’s turning cold and windy again, so I thought I’d start posting some photos of the Expo that I’ve got laying around on my computer. Hopefully, these shots will help recapture the fun that was the Expo and help me to feel the summer heat again, if only in my mind. Yeah, I know that it’s quite a while after the fact, but perhaps you’ll enjoy them anyway.

First up are some shots of a few of the exteriors of various country pavilions. I won’t comment on these, since the countries are evident. These were all taken early on in the Expo, so there aren’t any huge lines of people waiting to enter the pavilions. Later on I’ll post some interior shots and some cultural performances. I was going to go to the Expo site today to take some new photos of the area, but the weather started becoming more winter-like sooner that the forecast predicted. I might still go down there, but then again I might just stay in my warm cave. More later.

The exterior of the Turkmenistan Pavilion

Turkmenistan

The exterior of the United Arab Emirates Pavilion

United Arab Emirates

The exterior of the Cambodia Pavilion

Cambodia

The exterior of the India Pavilion

India

The exterior of the Egypt Pavilion

Egypt

The exterior of the Pakistan Pavilion

Pakistan

The exterior of the Netherlands Pavilion

The Netherlands

The exterior of the Sweden Pavilion

Sweden

The exterior of the Germany Pavilion

Germany

The exterior of the Israel Pavilion

Israel

Snow in Yeosu!

We got our first snowfall of the season this morning, a rare event, as it hardly ever snows in Yeosu. We got quite a bit, for us, probably around an inch and a half near my dormitory apartment. Areas north of us must have gotten quite a bit of the white stuff yesterday; Thursday evening I saw a car pull into the parking area outside the dorm and it must have had 5 or 6 inches on its roof.

Naturally, some of the students were out having fun, taking a break from studying for their final exams.

Snowball fight

Snowball fight

If I had wanted to ride my motorbike (the one in the foreground), I would have gotten a bit wet.

Snowy Motorbikes

Snowy Motorbikes

The trees were all quite lovely with a blanket of white. Most of it has melted, and the sun is shining right now. Not exactly a Montana snowfall event, but pretty nice for the short while it lasted. More later? (Snow, that is.)

Snow-covered trees

Snow-covered Trees