I have to be honest. I've somewhat lost interest in blogging. I'm not a natural writer, nor do I enjoy it particularly. Besides, lately I've been more than filling my quota of it, helping Jason with his scholarship and bursary application letters for Law School. Still, I know that, if for no other purpose than to document our travel memories for years to come, to come back and read about our adventures in fifty years when we're old and have nothing better to do, then I should do it. With my first Master's and AQ courses starting up in a few weeks, I know I'll have my hands full. So it's now or never. Here's my first attempt at attacking the backlog of posts Jason and I are faced with due to our excessive procrastination. Let me take you back to a warmer than average mid-February Saturday...
We've mentioned numerous times in the past how generous our Korean co-teachers are. Here's another great example. As a 'thank you' gift for Jason's Christmas presents to one of his co-teachers, she offered him two free tickets to what is probably the largest amusement park in Seoul, Lotte World (not bad of a deal in exchange for a Starbucks mug). We were thrilled to be able to enjoy it for free, since we were planning on checking it out eventually.
The tickets were promotions, probably aimed at boosting poor winter time attendance at the venue, which means they expired in early March. With activities planned for most of our weekends, we had no time to waste. We decided to spend the afternoon at the half-indoor, half-outdoor play palace, which caters primarily to families and serves as a weekend hangout for middle-schoolers.
The site was actually pretty impressive, with a few large roller-coasters outside (yes, they were running in February) and a decent amount of indoor space for rainy days. Thankfully though, we chose a nice, sunny winter day and were able to enjoy a good number of outdoor attractions.
'You'll see, it'll be fun... If you don't do it you'll regret it... Look at the four year olds in the line up: if they can do it, you can too!'
Argh. Fine. I HATE rollercoasters. In highschool I truly tried to convince myself that I was crazy about them, forcing myself to ride them against all intuitive voices inside me that were screaming 'DON'T DO IT! YOU HATE THESE THINGS! WHY WOULD YOU PUT YOURSELF THROUGH IT?'. I would get zero thrill, zero fun out of it. Simply put, it was hell. Nowadays, I feel much the same. Don't get me wrong, however. I do enjoy the sense of accomplishment that I get from feeling fearful and hesitant, then just doing it anyways. Great examples: zip lining in Mexico (I had a panic attack climbing up the ramp), skiing down a double black diamond ski hill alongside moguls (I had cheerleaders urging me on from the bottom), repelling down rocks in Korea (I was swearing through tears the entire time).
All things considered, Lotte World is one of those places you only need to visit once. It was a great fun filled afternoon, and it was free. Although I'm not sure it would have been worth paying for, but that's my opinion of course.