Friday, March 29, 2013

Bike Party ~ Rainbow Ride

As I’ve mentioned in my last post, great things are happening here in Changwon. Just this past Saturday, I attended my very first ever Bike Party!

Let me start off by giving you a bit of background on Bike Party, from the Bike Party Blog.

Changwon Bike Party!!!
Building Community through Cycling

Bike Party is a Friday night group bike ride open to any and all bike riders and Nubija subscribers. It happens the 2nd Friday of every month. Every Bike Party has a different starting point and a different route and is typically around 12-15 miles. Also every ride has a costumed theme!

Bike Party is about engaging with your biking and local community. Bike Party allows us to explore and engage with neighborhoods and even cities that we might not explore or engage with otherwise.

Bike Party is first and foremost a PARTY! There is music, and costumes and yes, there's drinking! 

So dress up and get on your bikes and ride!!!

The most recent bike party, Rainbow Ride, wound up being a special daytime ride, themed to wear as many colors as possible.

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Officials from city hall were present to interview the participants, having taken notice of the founder, Coby’s efforts establishing bike party and the bike sharing program (Nubija) available throughout Changwon city (Masan, Changwon, & Jinhae), which are quite easily attainable for residents and expats alike.

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The turnout was huge, and we rode from Changwon to Jinhae,…

…with a few stops along the way,…

Me & our fearless leader, Coby 

that's a lot of bikes

(one stop & bike exchange due to a flat tire)…

the great bike exchange

… and finally finished along the bay overlooking the ocean.

We even enjoyed a little celebration at the end.

It was a perfect way to spend a lovely Saturday afternoon, enjoying the beauty of Spring outdoors, and making (more than a few) friends along the way.

Hugs & Kisses,

P.S.  Here is the article written about Changwon Bike Party in the local news.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Conversations with the VP

VP: Everyone was laughing at you at lunch today.
me: *sad face* What?
VP: Oh, I mean they were happy to say hello.
me: Ok, whew! That sounds better.

And I quote...

“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”
― Stephen Chbosky
The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

China Death Plague, now with a side of luck

Hey all, 

First, sorry I've been sorta quiet of late, but I went to China over Spring Break to visit an old college buddy that is now living in Shanghai. And, of course, when I returned I spent a couple weeks trying to get over what I have lovingly named The China Death Plague. (Although, in all fairness, I was starting to get sick before I even left Korea.)

I would say that one advantage of being sick would usually be being able to catch up on all that stuff you put off doing at home. However, The China Death Plague prevented me from successfully getting anything but the necessities done, which pretty much involved work and sleep.

Regardless, I had an awesome time in China. I spent the bulk of my time in Shanghai, and a small 2 day trip to the water town of Tongli, more about both in later posts.

powering through to see the sights of Shanghai 

For now, some pretty exciting things are happening here in Korea (which are also stealing some of my time), so please stay tuned for coming announcements. I am most certainly in one of those periods in my life where I wish the days had double the hours to get everything done and/or that I had a clone of myself to pass off some of the work. I’ve always felt blessed and cursed that so many things interest me. While I love the passion I get every time a new idea hits me, be it about my art, blog, life, books, or just general interest. I find that I become almost too easily distracted to finish all the follow up (read: boring parts) of each new endeavor. Ah well, such is life, and truthfully I wouldn’t give up that rush for much of anything.

An update on life over here on the RoK; the school year ended at the end of February, and as I mentioned above, I went to China on Spring Break. The new school year started March 4th, and my schedule got shuffled around a bit, and additionally I got 3 new (of 4) co-teachers. It has been an adjustment, but I’m getting back into the swing of things. We had another Masan Night Out, that I feel was enormously successful, and the nights that I have managed to drag myself out have been delightfully awesome. They are just a bit too far and few between them at the moment, but I’m sure that is all going to change as Korea is headed into the massive amounts of Spring and Summer activities that go on. (I’m already stressed trying to plan for them.)

For now, I’m surviving and thrilled of all the fabulous things to come. Just wanted to give y’all an update. I miss you guys back home in the U.S. (and those elsewhere in the world.) Now, if I can just get my 'take over the world' to do list up to date.

Hugs & Kisses,

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Liz-uh or Ninja?

I'm still laughing about this...Meeting the new principal who was shall we say, a bit tipsy:

Me: I'm Liz
Principal: Riggggj?
Me: Liz
CT: Leeez-uh
Me: Liz
Principal: Rinja?
Me: Liz!
CT: Liz-uh!
Principal: NINJA!
Me: (smiling) Sure, that works.

Monday, March 4, 2013

And I quote...

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
― Albert Einstein

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