Here are some quick hits from around Osan:
Here are some pictures of the beautiful Lily flower/coffee shop we go to.
It’s nice on a day when you have been inside for hours and hours and you can take a walk to the store and it smells deliciously of flowers and plants. Mmmm, I like when the inside smells like the outside!
Suspiciously, however, ALL the plants I buy from there die. And that’s like 4 plants! What’s up Lily? What IS up?
One day on our way to said coffee shop we saw these two friends.
A bird mid-flight. And. A praying mantis! And this is no regular mantis! The coolest thing ever was seeing him fight off this BIRD. He raised his arms and unfolded his wings and stood tall and stared that bird down. The bird kinda hopped from one side to another, a little confused at his desire to eat something that was fighting back, but the mantis turned with him. I think the bird was about to go for it when we walked a bit close and the bird took off. I was like, Yes! score one for the ‘little guys’ and then… he was squished by a car…. I feel a little responsible… sorry guy…
Lastly, a little while ago we took a walk down by the river and although it was grey, it was pretty. Nice and green. No valley with this river, though! It’s pretty flat!
On our way home we stopped in a park and noticed these lovely ladies.
I was impressed to see such bootylicious women considering how small and skinny most women are here. It’s great that these gals are in the park and perhaps they will get kids thinking that there are people that come of all shapes and sizes!
Well, I hope that gives you an idea of what we generally see walking around Osan.
This weekend we went back to 물향기 수목원 The Mulhyanggi Arboretum to check out what it looked like in the summer. This time time we were able to appreciate the outdoors a little more whereas last time we spent a lot of time in the green houses. It was as gorgeous as we expected.
One more flowering plant that is just fantastic! Absolutely gorgeous and seen in a number of places around our community.
Next post we will report on the Seoul Lantern Festival celebrating Buddha’s birthday that happened this past weekend.
For another edition of Around Osan I present: FRESH fresh seafood restaurants. Walking in restaurant areas of town you will see a number of these places that are made so distinct because of the big tanks out front.
There is one place right near where we walk to work, so I always look to see what kinds of new fish they have as the big tanks change regularly. This past week, we were in for an unusual surprise; in the process saying “oh look, there is a really big fish today” I realised… that’s no regular fish. My exclamation developed into, “oh look, there is… a shark!” Wow.
I won’t go into the ethics of all of this as that conversation is for a different space aside from a travel blog, but I will say that if his fate is to be eaten, I hope he gets eaten soon so he can get out of that small tank!
I’ll leave you with a pic from a different restaurant than the above mentioned and pictured. At this place, the tanks were lit at night and made for a pretty effect!
Here is the park across the street from our hogwan that is transforming into a beautiful space with its new leaves and blooms.
The park lies between two apartment buildings and is actually smaller than these pics suggest.
We were not expecting so much beauty in our community but there are lots of flowering bushes and great young trees. While I could not find any information online, my understanding is that Osan is trying to market itself as a green city – aesthetically pleasing as well as environmentally sound – which is why there are many trees and parks.
AND, just for fun, here is a picture of a guy playing arcade darts (or arcadarts as Sandy so creatively said…. awkward). Kinda a cool alternative to Buck Hunter.
A little taste of Canada, literally.
Found in the international food section at our local Lotte Mart. Current prices in CAD are $9.60, $15.73 and $10.49 from left to right.
Sandy and I, in Edmonton, would treat ourselves to pizza on an almost weekly basis so it wasn’t a surprise that a craving for pizza came early in our adventure in Osan. (Plus, we lived across the street from a Dominos, and down the block from a Pizza Hut). Here is what it looked like:
With a nice little ribbon, it came with a garlic-y mayo type sauce, some hot sauce, and what I expected would be dill pickle pizza dip (mmmm) but turned out to be some sweet pickles (meh).
Here is what it looked like:
Looks good right!?
You can see some good looking cheese, some broccoli, beef, potato and some olives. There seemed to be some pizza sauce as well as a red pepper sauce. Corn is a popular topping but did not grace our pizza this time.
The verdict: Good!
It wasn’t the best pizza ever, but it was enough for our craving. Since then, we have tried a sweet potato pizza from our grocery store’s little pizza place; it was a potato pizza with a sweet sauce drizzled on top. It was pretty good too. I think we will have to go all out and get some corn on our next pizza!
This weekend we headed to the Mulhyanggi Arboretum near the Osan University. A quick hop on the subway allowed us to meet up with a friend. For 1000 won (about $0.89 CAD) it was a great deal. It was much larger than we were expecting. We spent about 3 hours there, wandering around and looking at the trees and ponds in the park and the tropical tree and flower exhibits in the greenhouses. We were able to get some great pictures too.
Now that we have seen it in the very early spring, we are excited to see it again in late spring as well as summer and fall as there were no leaves on the trees yet but we could tell how wonderful it will be when there are.
You can find many of the same brands of food at the grocery store. Some look the same with just a bit of Korean added. Some, such as the product seen in the picture below, are doppelgangers.
For another edition of Around Osan, I have a few pictures from over the weekend.
A man on stilts with a big sign advertising what I can only expect to be a big sale at an electronics store. There were three stores on one block having big sales and in addition to this particular stilted man, all had loud speakers out front and a person on mic saying the deals they had in store (I would think).
They often have people who announce what they are selling, even in the grocery store. Almost every single aisle has two people, one person standing at either end, to help you find and pick a product. Speaking of which, here are the two main grocery/department stores close to our apt. They are huge!! I think I will do a post or two about these types of stores soon, so this is just a sneak preview.
I had a short video I wanted to post that went along with the pic I posted last week of the signs on the buildings in the core of Osan but I am having trouble getting it up. It is of the many moving and flashing signs seen at night. Even down side roads there is advertisement like this, so much so that even though our windows face a seldom driven road, the signs from the businesses light up our bedroom like it’s dusk. Definitely no need for a night light!
To end off, here are some of the flower arrangements that we have seen around the city. I think they are to commemorate an occasion as I saw these ones outside of a newly opening store. They have both artificial and live flowers. Very pretty!
Have a good week!