Sunday, June 22, 2008

Rice Fields: June 22

The rainy season has begun, so I haven't been out to the fields as much. I'm also starting to bike the hills to the west and north of town as well. As you can see, the rice has made substantial progress over the last couple of weeks.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Gimhae From Above

Another day of great weather and another local hike. This time to the top of the small mountain next to my apartment building. After four months here, it's actually the first time I've been up there. I will definitely return, as it is a quick little jaunt, and has some nice views of both the city and country

My neighborhood. Somewhere down there is my apartment building.

The rice fields I like to bike across. As you can see, it is quite a nice expanse of flat space

More rice fields. The edge of Busan can be seen in the far background.

The nearby small town where I teach on Fridays.

Gaya Land: Not Quite the Happiest Place on Earth

This weekend, I hiked across town to visit our local amusement park, Gaya Land. The park is hanging on by a thread. The grounds are unkempt. The rides are rusting away. The water park has been drained. Not surprisingly, the crowd is quite small. The W1,500 (US$1) admission fee is worth it just to see the spectacle of a dead amusement park. Most of the rides do seem to be working, and with absolutely no lines at all.

A view of the park, located in the mountains around Gimhae

The near empty park lot

The park map is showing some signs of age

No copyright infringement to see here

I think that's suppose to be Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

The roller coaster, which actually runs when people want to ride it

An overview of the park

The defunct water park portion

Friday, June 6, 2008

Rice Fields: June 6

The rice is growing.