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  • jenitz 11:20 pm on February 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Adventure 5- Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.
    I worked on the “Brush with Kindness” Program which helps low-income homeowners with exterior renovations on their homes, (sort of a community beautification project). It was a rainy and cold day, but I drove down to south LA and met the two project leaders and two other volunteers. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a lot we could do since it is all exterior work (mostly painting on this particular house) and there was only a small covered back patio that we could work on. So it was only a half day of manual labor, but I did volunteer to go to Starbucks and bring everyone coffee to warm up.
    One small comment I will make, I didn’t feel as helpful or inspired helping with these home repairs as maybe working on the projects that build homes for families, mainly because this was a fairly decent neighborhood (for South LA) and good size home (that they OWN) and they had a Cadillac in the driveway. Hmmm.

     
  • AG 6:20 am on February 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Adventure #5: Deoksu Palace and 8 Course Japanese Dinner 

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    I planned to go to the Seoul Museum of Art on Sunday to scope out the Andy Warhol exhibit with a friend. However, by the time we got there, the museum was closed. Luckily, we were near a palace and with the entrance fee being only 1,000 won (less than 1 USD), we decided to check it out. The palace is called Deoksu, and it was built in the mid fifteenth century. Out of the all the palaces in Seoul, it is the smallest. This was perfect, since it was close to getting dark out. So we were able to walk around the grounds before it was dark. If I could figure out how to post pictures on here, I would do so. But I’m technologically challenged…You can read more about this palace here http://www.lifeinkorea.com/Travel2/65.

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    After the palace we stumbled a upon a pricey Japanese restaurant, but since we were in the mood for fish we decided to treat ourselves. The dining area was fun in and of itself. It was a private room with a sliding door and chairs on the floor allowing for your feet to stretch down about 2 feet below the tabletop. The meal started with tea and soup. Following came about 7 courses of fish. The first 2 were raw. I have taken a liking to raw fish more than ever since residing in Korea. I honestly don’t know what kind of fish it was, but I tried all of it. This was an adventure on its own. It was all very tasty and fresh. Again, if I knew how to post photos, I would, but…The bill came to 50,000 won each, which is probably the most I’ve spent on a meal since I’ve been here. Wait, it’s probably the most I’ve ever spent on dinner for myself!

     
    • yearof52adventures 8:01 am on February 8, 2010 Permalink

      sounds delightful. If you want to email me your photos I can upload them to your post and/or send you instructions in how to do so. I need to see this palace. and this meal! (Kimberlyhula@gmail.com)

  • adrienne 8:49 pm on February 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    The Fifth Adventure at the MFA 

    We’re lucky here at Simmons because there are two great museums nearby, and both are free to Simmons students! Friday a small group of us took a trip to Ancient Egypt, looking at some wonderful pieces of the burial chamber of a Governor who was apparently quite important. The artwork was beautiful and the boats that had been buried with the Governor were unbelievable and in brilliant condition. The head displayed was impressive as well! I left with a bookmark of the Hieroglyphic Alphabet, and a yen to get a tattoo of the Eye of Horus! 🙂

     
  • jeindeer 11:11 am on February 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    #5: Classic Horror Triple Feature 

    My love-hate relationship with creepy movies has a simple cause: they work way too well on me. It’s one thing when the story’s good, but even the most embarrassing plot twist leaves me clutching at my chest. I appreciate the craft of creepiness. I’m always on the lookout for written horror or suspense. My favorite author of all time is Shirley Jackson, who wrote the short story “The Lottery”—you know, the oft-anthologized high school English staple where New England villagers gossip about the big event that will happen that afternoon (I won’t spoil the uninitiated, but there’s a link at the bottom of the post).

    Movies are different. Without my imagination to mediate, I’m at the mercy of shrill string soundtracks and ghouls leaping suddenly onscreen. I can’t really hold my own, dignity-wise. As the wise friend I’ve deemed my official horror movie ambassador will attest, I make noises.

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  • Berton 7:03 am on February 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Week 5 – Polar Plunge 

    One of my earliest best friends in life was Richard Cypher (this is a fictional name I am using to hide the true identity of my friend because I am not sure if he wants me to talk about him on an online website).  For the first many, many years of my life, he was like a brother to me.  I spent more days and weeks than I could ever remember over at his house, playing night games with Richard, his brothers and sisters, and the other neighborhood kids.  Over time, I grew apart from him (as we all have from many childhood friends).  But the few times I have seen him since school, he still always manages to put a smile on my face and make me wish that I had kept in better contact with him throughout these past years.

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