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I stumbled upon this amazing gallery made out of shipping containers in Seoul. On display was an artist named Lee Gil Rae who makes tree-like sculptures out of metal.

I stumbled upon this amazing gallery made out of shipping containers in Seoul. On display was an artist named Lee Gil Rae who makes tree-like sculptures out of metal.

View of Seoul from N Seoul Tower.

View of Seoul from N Seoul Tower.

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Sunset in Seoul.

My small school plants its own vegetables. We will soon be eating a lot of squash.

My small school grows its own vegetables. We will soon be eating a lot of squash.

Yesterday's school lunch consisted of spicy kimchi soup with pork, rice, green beans with dried shrimp, kimchi, tofu dressed in a vegetable tomato sauce and a slice of a Korean melon.

Yesterday’s school lunch consisted of spicy kimchi soup with pork, rice, green beans with dried shrimp, kimchi, tofu dressed in a vegetable tomato sauce and a slice of a Korean melon.

Rice fields in Eumseong.

Rice fields in Eumseong.

Hanok village rooftops in Jeonju.

Hanok village rooftops in Jeonju.

Hanok, a traditional Korean style house in Jeonju.

Hanok, a traditional Korean style house in Jeonju.

You see a lot of t-shirts and hats with English writing in Korea. Sometimes they make sense, sometimes the words are spelled correctly, other times not so much. I found this one in my local grocery store.

You see a lot of t-shirts and hats with English writing in Korea. Sometimes they make sense, sometimes the words are spelled correctly, other times not so much. I found this one in my local grocery store.

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Poppies are everywhere in Eumseong!

Poppies are everywhere in Eumseong!

The trail that runs through Eumseong.

The trail that runs through Eumseong.

A beautiful wall at a restaurant in Jeonju, a city known for bibimbap and paper crafts.

A beautiful wall at a restaurant in Jeonju, a city known for bibimbap and paper crafts.

Making paper in Jeonju.

Making paper in Jeonju.

Sungnyemun Gate in Seoul

Sungnyemun Gate in Seoul

View of Gyeongbok Palace from a coffee shop in Bukchon Hanok Village which is located in Seoul.

View of Gyeongbok Palace from a coffee shop in Bukchon Hanok Village which is located in Seoul.

Ceiling at Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul.

Ceiling at Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul.

View from Munjangdae in Songnisan National Park.

View from Munjangdae in Songnisan National Park in April.

Lanterns at Beopjusa, a temple in Songnisan National Park.

Lanterns at Beopjusa, a temple in Songnisan National Park.

Chungju Lake

Chungju Lake

Chungju Lake

Chungju Lake

This giant Buddha is in the middle of nowhere about 15 minutes from where I live.

This giant Buddha is in the middle of nowhere about 15 minutes from where I live.

View from my apartment in Eumseong.

View from my apartment in Eumseong.

Cherry blossoms in Eumseong.

April Cherry blossoms in Eumseong.

I love cats, and I miss mine dearly (had to leave him behind when I came to Korea), so when I heard there were places called cat cafes in Korea I just had to check it out.  You won’t find them in small towns like the one I live in, but nearly all the larger cities have them.  I went to one in Myeongdong in Seoul and even though I’d never heard of the concept until I got here, it was pretty close to how I imagined it would be–a coffee shop with cats roaming, playing and napping all over the place. It was awesome.

Just hanging out at a cat cafe in Seoul.

Just hanging out at a cat cafe in Seoul.

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Teasing cats with straws is not allowed.

After taking my shoes off at the door, I paid 8,000 won to enter (just under $7) which included one free coffee drink or tea.  Then I sat down and enjoyed my green tea latte while admiring the 22 different cats in the cafe.

The cat cafe rules.

The cat cafe rules: do not hug the cats (especially if you look like an alien), do not disturb sleeping cats, no pulling cat tails, turn off your camera flash, do not touch the cats while they eat, don’t pat the cat’s bottom, don’t feed the cats anything except cat treats, and don’t tease the cats with straws.

Pondering.

Pondering.

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The gray and white Scottish Fold was my favorite. Those ears, so cute!

Remember, no hugging the cats!

Remember, no hugging the cats!

I think this lady is the cat whisperer. At one point she had three cats sleeping in her lap.

I think this lady is the cat whisperer. At one point she had three cats sleeping in her lap.

Names and descriptions of all the cats in the cafe. I wonder what goes on after closing time...

Names and descriptions of all the cats in the cafe. I wonder what goes on after closing time…