K-pop has officially followed us to America. "Gangnam" is the name of the neighborhood where Steve lived in an apartment the size of a Ford Escort and is regarded as the most wealthy and trendy of all neighborhoods in Korea. And for all of you wondering, it is pronounced "Cog Nam" (thats not official, just my take on it).
-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions. -You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal! -The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
I was really excited to try but also a little leery of it as well. My partner this round more than lived up to this challenge and definitely gave me some ideas for what I send out next time (after seeing what my partner sent me, my offering began to look a little lackluster). I asked to have some local food from her area and my only restriction was cranberries.
1. Mystic Dragon Tea (very delicious)
2. local honey sticks (which I put in my tea, the first thing I tried:)
3. Betty Lou's gluten free snacks ( I am not gluten intolerant, but I know a lot of people who are. I took these on a mini roadrip to North Dakota. Now I can recommend these!)
4. A mini tea strainer ( I needed one of these!)
5. More local honey
6. Black Mission Figs ( I must confess I've never had figs. I'm excited to try a new recipe.
7. Trail Mix from the Garden Herb Shop ( this will be a great snack at work)
I decided to use the figs to make fig newtons (recipe available here). They didn't look a whole lot like the store bought kind but they tasted the same!
While cleaning out my computer today, I ran across this jpg.
While living in Korea, I would often have moments where not knowing the language was an inconvenience. Mostly I was able to get by with just English, hand motions and a willingness to be ignorant. The above jpg was a godsend whenever I received an 'all staff' message or had bought a product with only Hangul on it. It was also handy for deciphering notes from my students or random characters left on chairs and desks.This jpg was my desktop image for my entire stay in Korea. Luckily at work I was outfitted with a keyboard that had both the English alphabet and the Hangul characters on each key.
If you're in Korea and want to be able to type words into Google Translate but need a Hangul guide, the above will be a lifesaver. Short of painting the characters onto your keyboard by hand, or buying a laptop in Korea, this is your only option. You'll first need to download the Korean language pack for Windows 7.(Which can be found here). Once you've got that installed you can alternate between typing in English or typing in Hangul by using a convenient hot key.
Obviously online translators are only as good as the grammar used to construct the sentence you're trying to translate, but they are usually spot on for single words!