I realise that I haven’t written an update in quite a while and since there has been quite a bit going on here in Korea I though now would be the perfect time.
Well, I guess the first thing that I should talk about is the big thing that has been dominating the media, my conversations and in some ways, my life, it is of course MERS. People are pretty scared here in Korea. Whether it’s necessary or not, I’ll let you be the judge, but the hysteria and panic is full blown.
MERS cases have been mainly found up in Seoul and the northern regions but over the last week a case has been found in Busan (the city next to us) and I’m constantly hearing rumours of it being in Gimhae. In fact, hospitals here in Gimhae have had to send out text messages to let people know that the rumours of MERS being in their hospitals are false and if you are caught spreading the rumours then you will be arrested. Pretty crazy stuff!
School has been running as usual here, except that my 6th graders 3 day school trip to Seoul was cancelled and our regional English Speaking Contest has been postponed. We have no idea when the contest will be held again (presumably after vacation, which means that I won’t be here) But some schools are continuing on with the prep.
I have a medical check for my American visa next week in one of the biggest hospitals in Busan, I’m hoping that there won’t be any new cases down here as I don’t want anything to affect our departure in September! I have even bought myself a face mask (something I always promised myself that I wouldn’t do!)
Enough about that, what else has been going on? Well last weekend I got to host Holly from Adventures With Holly. It was my first time meeting a blogger that I have been following and it was great to get to hang out with her. She is in the middle of a cycling tour through Korea and Japan which was pretty cool to hear all about.
Myself and my friends have finally booked a Temple Stay at Beomosa temple in Busan for next month. It’s been something that I’ve wanted to do for the longest time and is on my bucket list so I’m pretty excited about that (hopefully MERS won’t ruin it for us). I don’t have a lot more planned for this month but I definitely do want to take some last minute road trips or weekends away so keep tuned for that 🙂
What adventures have you been up to? I’d love to hear about them!