The stay at Suanbo dragged into another week of mind-numbing busy work. We passed the days typing away lesson plans and the evenings were spent drinking and playing games. There was nothing else to do and nowhere we could go. Once in a while that’s fine but day after day it starts to get old real quick. I was looking forward to the weekend and to checking out a few more of the landmarks around Chungju that we had missed the week before. Friday came and brought along with it a gloomy friend. Hello, rain. It kept pouring all day and it looked like it would continue through the weekend, dampening my spirits of freedom and adventure.
Back in late May, there was a singular incident of a man who was identified with MERS or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. It spread to a few others in the same hospital and unfortunately there were a few deaths. The media then picked this up and blew it up to epic proportions, throwing the entire country into a panic and making it seem like it was a fatal pandemic taking over Seoul. People were wearing masks and it was paranoia to the utmost levels – the slightest cough on the subway got everyone giving you the evil stank eye. The government had to respond, of course. They started setting up potential quarantine facilities, one of which was where I worked. I work at a government established but privately run English education institute. There were rumors going around the office at first, but then we got the official confirm that we all had to evacuate and be relocated to a place I’ve never heard of, Suanbo.
Last Thursday, a friend of mine, Elana, randomly asked me if I could bring my camera to work the next day. I said sure and then she ran off. Saying it out of the blue like that threw me off a little. Later that day she sent me a message realizing she had forgot to explain the context. She told me she’d be wearing matching outfits with two other friends, Lisa and Courtney, and wanted to take pictures together – a photoshoot of sorts.
Welcome to my new blog! If you want to know more about me and the background story behind this blog, please check out the About Me section. Anyway, this would be my very first post *gasp* I’m not sure yet what I wish to accomplish with this blog, where it will go or how far, but I’m going to stick with it for as long as possible. Photography is a sort of a new hobby for me and I’m thoroughly enjoying this new adventure. Blogging on the other hand is not as new – I used to have one of them Xanga blogs back in college. WordPress is a huge step up from that. I think I pretty much have all the kinks of setting up all smoothed out and am committed to putting up solid content fairly consistently, at least 2 times a week for now. Please check back often and you can hit me up on my Contact page or follow me on Instagram or Facebook. Thanks for visiting!