About Ginger

진저에 대해선 몇 가지 좋은 기억이 있다.

신혼여행에서, 싱가폴에서 실컷 구경하고 인도네시아 빈탄의 리조트에 도착했을 때 리셉션에서 준 웰컴 드링크가 시원한 진저티였다. 더위가 싹 가시며 휴식의 시작을 알려줬던 그 진저티는 오래도록 기억에 남는다.

두번째는 에든버러에서 런던으로 가던 Eastcoast의 기차 일등석이었다. 가는 길 내내 원하는 만큼 차와 쿠키, 샌드위치 등등 끝없이 내주길래 신나서 시도해본 무알콜 진저에일,, 에일이란건 그저 술이려니 했는데 작은 캔으로 나온 그 진한 진저에일은 참 맛있었다. 나중에 슈퍼마켓에서 시도해본 어떤 것보다 그게 제일 맛있었다.

세번째는 포르토벨로에서 집주인의 집에 저녁 초대를 받아서 갔을 때 마셔본 음료수가 맛나길래 동네 슈퍼마켓에서 찾다가 발견한 슈웹스 진저에일. 엄청 큰 병에 아주 싼 가격이길래 별 기대없이 사먹어봤고, 낮아진 기대에는 그럭저럭 부응해주었었다. 정작 재밌던 건, 한국 와서 티비를 보는데 슈웹스 광고가 나오면서 피어스 브로스넌이 나와서 프리미엄 음료수라고 말하는 것이 재밌었다. 내게 슈웹스는 슈퍼마켓 구석에 있던 양 많고 싼 음료수였는데.. 어쨌든 나를 따라 한국에 들어온 슈웹스 덕분에 종종 마시고 있으니 좋은 일이다.

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I have several good memories about ginger.

While on honeymoon at 2008, I just arrived at a resort in Bintan, Indonesia after exciting days in Singapore looking around many places and walking a lot everyday. The air was very warm and also very humid as a typical weather of South-East Asia, so Eunyoung and I were a little bit exhausted when we entered a reception of the resort because of  long journey from Korea to Singapore to Bintan. Then, they gave us a cup of iced ginger tea with lemon as a welcome drink. It was a perfect drink for us so that it made us to feel fresh and to recognize the rest is going to start from that moment. Naturally, the ginger tea became a significant memory of my honeymoon.

The second is in a first class at East Coast train from Edinburgh to London. I and Eunyoung had been fully enjoying a service of first class such as tea, cookie, sandwiches, and so on. Eventually I tried to ginger ale without alcohol as it was free. I had thought that ale have alcohol so I can’t drink at all but it hadn’t! It was a short and small canned ginger ale but its taste was over than my expectation. I ordered it again so that I could drink it on a street of London. I sometimes tried to get ginger ale without alcohol since that experience, I couldn’t find a good one as much as the ginger ale so far.

The third, the last (more…)

A small thinking of long night

I ‘ve spent a little boring time since winter break started last week. Some friends came back their home countries and some of them won’t back to Edinburgh. In my think, my English is definitely improved than 3 months ago, but talking with native speaker isn’t easy yet. Of course, I didn’t expect that I could speak English well via just 3 months language course, but I felt pressure when I’ve thought about my goals which I have to achieve for my future.

I had a lot of time to think about my life and my wish throughout this year. What do I want? What should I do for my happiness? Well, simple questions but answers aren’t simple, because I have to consider many factors. However, next year will be important time to me. Stop thinking and just do something. I just wish I could got a wise eyes to grab a good opportunity which is given by the God.

Somehow, I’ve depressed tonight. I suppose the night which getting longer everyday caused my concerns. And I might miss my family and friends in Korea, and my cat as well.

A good Saturday in Edinburgh

I woke up at 9 AM in this morning and prepared cooking a beef steak which I had brought it at Tesco yesterday. Eunyoung and I usually like beef steak, but I haven’t try to cook it yet. Yesterday, I brought some beef and a source on the way back to home for today’s breakfast. I had sprinkled some peppers on both side of the beef and I waited for 1 hour for removing blood from it. After that, I cooked a steak and some vegetables such as a onion, a brocoli and a mushroom. Actually I haven’t cooked steak before, so I had to looking carefully at steak for prevent burning the beef. However, the steak was more good than I had expected, so Eunyoung and I could enjoyed a good breakfast.

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Eunyoung wanted to buy a pair of socks, so we went out to the city centre after had a breakfast. Today is more warm than a normal autumnal day in Edinburgh. I wore less layer of clothes than last weekdays and Eunyoung and I walked slowly toward the city center. We suddenly met Shorty who is one of classmates of her college on the way. It was the first time I met her, and she seemed go to somewhere. After I said bye to Shorty, I asked to Eunyoung that where is she going. She said Shorty is going to the cafe in which exhibited some her works.
However, we found a strange scene at Princes Street. There was a big wheel next to Scot Monument and a small amusement park including a ice skating site. As I know, those amusements are things for Christmas, so I surprised when I saw them because there is so many days to Christmas.

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Eunyoung brought two pair of socks and a skirt. She denied that she had any willing to buy the skirt even she had seen the skirt on the internet, but she decided to buy the skirt as soon as she saw it. Well, it doesn’t matter. The skirt looked good on her. Anyway, after that, we had a crepe on the way to the National Gallery of Scotland. Eunyoung had a good memory with crepe. When she have been in Paris, a crepe which she had on a street in Paris was tasty good, so we tried the crepe. But a good memory is just memory. The crepe which we brought beside (more…)

North Berwick – My first travel in Scotland

I had wanted to go to the sea here. Last week, I heard about a certain beach from Yunyoung and I really wanted to go there but she didn’t know where it is. After then, I found out where it is while in Tom’s class in my school. A photo of the Bass Rock which Tom showed to us was the same as Yunyoung’s photo, so I found the small town like that – North Berwick.

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These days, the daytime is getting shorter every day so I thought I should go soon if I want to go somewhere. Above all, I haven’t been outside of Edinburgh until now. Therefore, I travelled to North Berwick with my wife today. Woke up early, had brunch, prepared some sandwiches to take away and finally went out to catch the no. 124 bus at Haymarket. The bus fare was £6.70 per person including a return ticket and it took 1 and half hours to get there. I could see the beautiful outskirts of Edinburgh and some small towns on the way. There were wide green fields and many pretty houses. In addition, it was the first time that I had sat on the second deck of a bus here. I see a double deck bus every day but I haven’t been on second deck yet because I always go and come to school on foot. A change of view is always exciting and I liked the second deck of the bus as soon as I sat down.

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After a pleasant journey, I arrived at North Berwick which is a small harbor town. There are two golf course beside the sea, and the small harbor. The town is very calm and quiet but many people came to see the beautiful beach. I went to the east end of the beach because there is small hill which is a good place to see the landscape of the beach. Also there is a golf course which is located beside the beach. I sat on a bench on the hill with my wife and ate the sandwich which I had prepared in the morning. The weather was really nice and the sky was clear but the wind on the hill was a little bit cold, so after we had eaten the sandwich, we walked down to the beach alongside the golf course.

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Many people was walking along the beach with their dogs (more…)

On weekend : the Church and the cafe Citron

I went to Bruntsfield Evangelical Church last Sunday and it took 10 mins to get there by walking. It was the first time that I went to a church in Edinburgh so I was a bit of nervous and excited because I didn’t know anything about the church in the UK. Of course there are Korean churches in Edinburgh, but I wondered what a church service in here would be like. I thought it would be better to make a choice about a church after I had been to a church in Edinburgh.

However, the atmosphere of the church was very friendly and the the service was good. There were many praises and interesting arrangements, so I felt that it seems like a service for the youth of Korean churches. Maybe I’ll go to the church while I’m staying here.
There was a free lunch for young people after the service but I didn’t attend it because I had to do some other things at that time. In addition, my wife and I wanted go to the cafe – cafe Citron – for lunch last Sunday.

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We found that cafe a few weeks ago and I wanted to go to there someday. The cafe Citron is a small but cozy cafe. A simple interior and a pretty color on the walls and doors, friendly staff, fresh and delicious food. There is everything I want in a cafe apart from a lovely cat. I ate a hot roll with a bacon and a sausage and my wife ate some tomate soup with bread, and it was a pleasant and delicious lunch. Above all, the tomato soup was really great!

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I will go to the church tomorrow but I won’t go to cafe Ctiron for lunch because I might attend the free lunch for young people in the church. However, I already went there for lunch with Yujin, Yunyoung and my wife today. Maybe I will go to the cafe for lunch every single Saturday.