Buying gifts

August 14th, 2016

The second half of this year has started more than a month ago and in my case this means that several birthdays and anniversaries need to be taken care of. For instance, in October there are three birthdays plus one anniversary, followed by another one in November.

With Christmas in the month afterwards it means that this period of the year is also the more expensive one.

 

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Still no idea what to do

August 6th, 2016

Planning this year’s vacation is still a topic. Though thinking about it almost every day, there has been no progress at all.

I have been browsing additional websites checking multiple offers but no booking has been made.

 

It is not the question of ideas because I have multiple things that I would like to do: a trip to the north of the Korean peninsulas sounds interesting, but getting there as well as the trip itself will be a little bit complicated. Entering the country is only possible from a few cities in Russia or China. This means that I need to travel to one of these places first, before I can start the journey to the actual destination. Finding appropriate flights was complicated and most of the time it would require staying an additional night in one of these cities adding costs on top.

 

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Midnight walk

Juli 31st, 2016

Recently, I find myself going out for a walk late at night. Sometimes I am out for half an hour, other times up to an hour walking through my neighborhood and the area around.

 

There are two reasons I am doing this: first, I caught a cold and can not go to the gym for working out at the moment. With hot and sticky air outside and dry, cool and air-conditioned climate inside buildings, you can easily get a runny nose and a cough.Outside you fell warm and start sweating, then you go inside and feel cool because of a slightly wet shirt and the fan from the air-condition.

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Vacation planning

Juli 24th, 2016

This week the company asked the employees to hand in each one’s planning for her or his annual leave for 2016. Up to now, I had not made up my mind what to do or where to go and so I also had no schedule when to take a few days off.

 

Surely, I did have days off already in 2016 but either it has been annual leave brought forward from last year or a single day of overtime compensation here and there. Since Christmas I had not been on holiday for a longer period spending my time doing whatever I want.

 

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Summertime

Juli 17th, 2016

Summer has arrived in Seoul and this means many days of rain. The first part this season is also known as the rainy season and therefore you better take an umbrella with you when leaving your home.

Fortunately, this doesn’t mean that the rain will not stop for several days. It its more like this: some days it is raining from morning until the evening, other days just for a few hours. With the temperatures being rather high, the air is filled with humidity and quite sticky.

 

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Returning home

Juli 9th, 2016

My business trip to Germany had come to an end and it was time to pack my bags. Thinking about all the days I had spent there this time I have to conclude that the journey was quite successful: the two workshops I attended were quite successful. Many things could be clarified, questions answered, decisions made and next steps defined.

Besides I had the chance to see my family twice on the weekends and do some nice activities such as house running and skydiving.

 

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Free falling from the sky

Juli 3rd, 2016

All the days of the week I have been thinking of my plans for Sunday: skydiving.

After doing house running the weekend before, I somehow had the desire to do something more thrilling. Therefore I looked up on the internet for possible activities. At the beginning I thought about going for bungee jumping once again but either the locations were too far away or all dates had been booked.

Browsing through several websites I came across tandem parachuting and without thinking about it too much, I signed up for Sunday morning at a small local airport near my parents home.

 

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In search for the kick

Juni 26th, 2016

This week I joined a workshop with colleagues from different countries an continents. The mixture was quite interesting as we had people from Germany, USA, Turkey, Japan, Korea and South Africa.

While having a break between two sessions, I have been talking to one of the colleagues from the U.S. about spare time activities. He told me that he likes pretty much everything which is extreme and gives his body a does of adrenaline.

This reminded me of the idea that I had planned to do house running but somehow never did it.

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It is different

Juni 18th, 2016

On Monday evening I arrived in Germany after a flight of nearly 12 hours at the airport in Munich. After leaving the plane, I had to walk through several corridors to reach the security check for my connecting flight. Moving the feet and legs felt pretty good after sitting for a long time with only a small alley to walk back and forth when going to the toilet.

At the security check I immediately realized that I am no longer in Korea. There was no friendly “Hello” by the staff and the atmosphere was more like being investigated by the police rather than a simple security check.

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Festival time

Juni 11th, 2016

When it comes to music, I am always doing hard to describe my favorite genre. First of all this depends on my mood and activities. There are periods I prefer black music, other times I tend to listen to rock music more often.

At home, I often have some deep house or downtempo music in the background when doing laundry or browsing websites on the internet.

 

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