Ruby Ramblings

Another weekend at the Market
July 11, 2009, 12:51 pm
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I exhausted myself spending another day rambling around the markets.  This time I headed to Bucheon, a much, much nicer neighborhood than Bupyeong I might add.  A gorgeous view of the hills, really nice apartment buildings, and a great little downtown with tons of shops, thrift clothes stores, restaurants, and the usual flashing lights.  I wandered up the main drag from the subway station, and was directed by signs saying “The Pearl S. Buck Memorial Museum.” It was the only thing for miles in English, so I might as well follow it.  I have to admit to The Good Earth being one of those books I’ve just never read, even though it has crossed my paths several times.  This small, but very well done museum, painted Ms. Buck in a very glorifying light: the woman who brought positive thoughts of Korean folks to the west.  She was writing in the 1960s, the Korean war fresh in people’s minds, and the country was not viewed positively. I was not aware of The Living Reed a book that follows the Korean Kim family for a few generations of strife, change, and war.  I wouldn’t recommend coming to Bucheon just for the museum, but if you find yourself in the area, it was a nice walk and a well done display.



When I was taking pics in the market, the vendor from the fish stand pointed to the big boy in the back and insisted I take a picture.  I’m not sure what kind of fish it is, but I was meant to be very impressed.  Unfortunately, I made some mistakes trying to figure out the new camera, and the only pics that really came out are ones of the fish.  So that’s what you get.

I accidentally have a new camera.  My old one is quite bulky and only has a resolution of 3.2 megapixels. Although it is quite durable and has travelled to many countries with me, I have to admit to looking at other, newer camera models.  I mentioned this to a coworker, and he jumped in with,”Oh, I have a camera you can have.”  It was left in a pile of discarded things from a teacher who left right before I came.  Although it is newer and slightly nicer than my old one, it doesn’t seem all that great.  It’s a Nikon coolpix L5. I’m going to try it out for a couple of weeks and see….

Octopus and Pretty Shells

Octopus and Pretty Shells

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Head on out to Yongsan Electronics Mart and you can find a bewildering variety of digicams and the prices sure won’t kill you … they’re aren’t much into haggling, but bring a notebook compare before you. Some guys will throw in extras like an expanded memory card, if you ask.

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